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Polymer Technician (TE-MSC-MDT-2020-112-LD)

Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date
15 Jul 2021
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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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Join a great team pushing the limits of superconducting accelerator magnets and polymer technology, to shape the future of CERN largest accelerator. Take part!

You will join the Polymer laboratory, that provides a CERN-wide service for polymer applications. It develops and fabricates polymer parts and assemblies for detector and accelerator applications as special developments and in small series.  


As a polymer materials technician, you will join a small team providing a CERN-wide service known as the "Polymer lab". You will:

  • Participate in the development of a large variety of polymer and composite material applications.
  • Perform analysis and measurements on polymers using state-of-the-art physico-analysis instruments for development and quality control.
  • Provide support to CERN personnel and users in the selection and application of polymers.
  • Impregnate parts for a large range of applications using vacuum impregnation techniques.
  • Provide a safe working environment and maintain the relevant safety documentation.
  • Maintain the laboratory instrumentation and tooling.
  • Collaborate with students, trainees and other temporary workers in the laboratory. 


Higher technical diploma or equivalent relevant experience in the field of material technology.


  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art physico-chemical characterization of polymers.
  • Initial or proven Practical experience with the selection, preparation and application of polymers and composites.
  • Initial or proven experience in moulding techniques with plastics.
  • Familiarity with European safety standards for storage and usage of chemicals.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge and application of polymers.
  • Processing of non-metallic materials.
  • Knowledge and application of conventional dimensional metrology.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving results: having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind; allocating appropriate amount of time for completing tasks.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: being willing to move from one project/group/department to another.
  • Working in teams: cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals; building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; listening actively to others and letting others speak.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in routine situations or the undertaking 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 15.07.2021 at 12PM 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:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving license.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: TE-MSC-MDT-2020-112-LD


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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