Radiation Protection Technician (HSE-RP-AS-2021-45-LD)

Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date
26 May 2021

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Company Description

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 http://home.cern.

Job Description


With about 50 km of accelerator infrastructure and over 160 high energy and nuclear physics experiments CERN is home to the world-wide largest network of Radiation Areas. Are you passionate about your job as a Radiation Protection Technician? Would you like to participate in a dynamic multi-national team of radiation protection specialists? Contribute your skills and expertise to radiation protection at the world's largest particle accelerator complex. Take Part! 

The Radiation Protection (RP) Group of the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Protection (HSE) Unit ensures that personnel on the CERN sites and the public are protected from potentially harmful effects of ionizing radiation linked to CERN activities. The duties of CERN’s Radiation Protection Group include the assessment of 
radiation hazards from operating and future accelerators and experiments, the definition of protective measures as well as the legally required monitoring of the exposure of radiation workers to ionising radiation. 


As a Radiation Protection Technician in the RP Accelerator and Sites Section (RP-AS) you will: 

  • Assess radiological risks at work places in accelerator tunnels, experimental areas, laboratories, storage areas and workshops of CERN, including the radiological characterisation of potentially radioactive materials and waste. 
  • Perform radiation measurements in various, static and dynamic high energy, multi-particle radiation fields. 
  • Perform work and dose planning, elaborate safety measures and working procedures. 
  • Evaluate, analyse and follow up operational dosimetry data. 
  • Prepare written reports on a regular basis. 
  • Contribute to the preparation and radiological follow-up of industrial radiography activities and X-ray generator installations 
  • Advising personnel on radiation protection matters. 


Higher technical diploma or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Radiation Protection or a related field.


The experience required for this post is: 

  • Demonstrated experience in operational radiation protection, radiation protection instrumentation and  legislation. 
  • Proven skills in documenting radiological risk assessments and measurements. 
  • Experience with industrial radiography and/or X-ray generators would be an asset. 

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of regulatory framework and best practice in radiation protection
  • Knowledge of dosimetry in mixed radiation fields: extensive knowledge of measurement techniques of ionizing radiation
  • Knowledge of personal dosimetry

Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in Teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities
  • Communicating Effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented Providing others with timely information Selecting the appropriate medium and forum to communicate
  • Achieving Results: delivering prompt and efficient service taking into account customer needs Having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind
  • Learning and Sharing Knowledge: keeping up-to-date with developments in own field of expertise and readily absorbing new information Sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to draw up technical texts in one of the two languages, as well 
as ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. 

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 26.05.2021 by 12:00 CET.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Residence in the immediate vicinity of the Organization's installations.
  • 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: HSE-RP-AS-2021-45-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Radiation Protection Technician


Imagine taking part in the largest scientific experiment in the world. CERN needs more than physicists and engineers – if you’re a student, a graduate, just starting your career or an experienced professional, Whatever your field of expertise, CERN could be your next opportunity: take part!

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

People here 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 organisation.

History’s being made here – 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.

CERN. Take part.

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