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Electromechanical Technician (TE-MSC-CMI-2022-63-LD)

Geneva, Switzerland
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12 Aug 2022

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At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

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Come and join a great team pushing the limits of superconducting accelerator magnets, to shape the future of CERN's largest accelerator. CERN, take part!

The Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (MSC) group of the Technology Department (TE), has the mandate to design, construct, and measure the superconducting and normal conducting magnets for the CERN accelerator complex; integrate them in the CERN accelerator complex; design the magnet cryostats and perform the magnet quality control. The group also provides support to the operation of the accelerators for magnets, magnet performance and devices.

The Cryostat and Machine Integration Section (CMI) is responsible for the design and construction of cryostats for accelerator superconducting devices, integration of technical systems, and installation in the machine. It is also in charge of the maintenance of the LHC SC magnet cryostats and construction of spares. These activities take place in a dedicated facility on the CERN site, which is complemented by a storage building. The CMI Section is currently working on the design and construction of various equipment for the work packages of the HiLumi HL-LHC Project , and on the maintenance of LHC SC magnet cryostats.


As an Electromechanical Technician for the construction of cryo-assemblies in the CMI section, you will:

  • Construct and assemble of cryo-magnets and superconducting devices for test stations and particle accelerators.
  • Contribute to development programs and prototyping activities in relation with the engineering and construction of cryo-assemblies.
  • Manufacture mechanical and sheet metal parts, as per drawings and bespoke in some cases, in view of their integration in cryo-magnets and superconducting devices.
  • Produce, install, and commission bespoke tooling for the construction and assembly of cryo-magnets and superconducting devices.
  • Develop and produce instrumentation feedthrough systems and plugs for cryo-magnets and superconducting devices.


Technical certificate or general secondary education or equivalent relevant experience in the field of mechanical engineering, electromechanical engineering, or a related field.


  • Proven experience in electro-mechanics, manufacturing techniques, and assembly of complex systems to tight tolerances.
  • Demonstrated experience in the fabrication of mechanical parts on conventional machine tools like lathe, and milling machines as well as forming of shells on rolling or folding machines and forming of metal precision pipe works.
  • Experience in the development of first-of-a-kind systems, which require the construction of mockups and special tooling.
  • Experience in the fabrication and assembly of vacuum vessels and cryostats.
  • Experience in the development and fabrication of plugs for leak tight feedthroughs made of non-metallic materials would be an asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Construction, test and installation of electromechanical equipment and systems.
  • Manufacturing of mechanical parts.
  • Good command in reading technical drawings, including ISO-GPS dimensioning.
  • Knowledge of sheet metal and pipe forming techniques.
  • Basic knowledge of Computer Aided Design software such as AutoCAD, Catia or SolidWorks.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Demonstrating flexibility: demonstrating a willingness to accept changing circumstances; supporting initiatives for change
  • Demonstrating accountability: working conscientiously and reliably; delivering on promises. Presenting information accurately and objectively.
  • Working in teams: understanding when teamwork is required to achieve the best results; including others accordingly and sharing information. Cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
  • Building relationships: showing courtesy and consideration in dealings with others. Showing a sincere interest in the concerns and perspectives of others Showing appreciation for the ideas and contributions of others and encourages others to express their views, even if controversial.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French. Good knowledge of the other language or willingness to acquire it rapidly.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 22.08.2022.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (4 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: TE-MSC-CMI-2022-63-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Electromechanical Technician


CERN profile imageAt CERN, physicists and engineers use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles – to probe the underlying structure of the universe.

Working at CERN
CERN is a truly unique organization. A genuine collaboration between countries, universities and scientists, driven not by profit margins, but by a commitment to create and share knowledge.

People at CERN are part of immense scientific discoveries, answering some of life’s most complex questions and pushing the boundaries of understanding. Experts from every field come here to share in this ambition, and the nature of this collaborative, international community creates a genuine atmosphere of trust. People are free to work creatively and to trust in, and rely on, their colleagues across the organization.

History is being made at CERN – and the excitement is tangible, inspiring, overwhelming at times. It is the only place in the world that you can do this work in this way.

Why work for us
Today, CERN employs more than 2500 people, and if you visit us you will find more than 2500 different reasons why CERN is such a great place to work. Six key reasons that we believe will make you love working here are: challenge; purpose; imagination; integrity; collaboration; and quality of life.

What we are looking for
To conduct experiments of this scale and importance, CERN needs the very best talent in every part of our organization. If you’re interested in joining our technical or support teams, or if you’re an engineer or professional in any area from mechanics to accounting, this is more than an opportunity to develop your career. It’s an opportunity to develop knowledge and science on a global scale. In fact, it’s an opportunity like nowhere else on Earth.

Training and development
One of the four pillars of CERN’s mission is education: training the scientists of tomorrow. CERN offers various student and graduate programmes for all disciplines, ranging from engineering to administration, and operates a dedicated training programme for all staff joining the organization to ensure continued learning and development.

Student and graduate schemes
CERN offers summer student, technical student and administrative student opportunities, as well as fellowships and the Technician Training Experience.

The aim of these programmes is to provide a fantastic, enriching springboard for career development in CERN’s unique environment.

Geneva, Switzerland

Number of employees
c.2500 staff members; several hundred on graduate and student programmes

Positions recently recruited for
Computing engineer, radiofrequency engineer, process operator in cryogenics, web developer, mechanical engineer, administrative assistant, system administrator, power electronics engineer, scientific writer, applied physicist and many more!

Desired degree disciplines/class
From apprenticeship to PhD in a wide variety of domains

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Closing date
All year round

Tel +41 22 76 63 786

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+41 22 76 63 786
Esplanade des Particules 1
PO Box 1211
Geneva 23
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