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Applied Physicist in the field of Electrical Engineering and Superconductivity

Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date
4 Dec 2022

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Are you interested in the operation of 1000’s of superconducting magnets and their protection systems, and in programming techniques to study and analyse existing and future superconducting magnets and circuits?

Within the TE Department, the MPE group provides support to the operation of the entire accelerator complex and develops, operates and maintains state-of-the art technology for magnet circuit protection and interlock systems.

The superconducting magnet circuits of CERN’s largest accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), operate with currents of up to 12 kA and stored energies of more than 1 GJ. The TE-MPE-PE section develops tools to better understand the behaviour and protection of these circuits, conducts studies of emerging protection issues, and monitors the evolution of their performance, see also Furthermore, the section participates in all design studies for the magnet circuits of upcoming upgrades of the LHC and future accelerators.


As applied physicist in the TE-MPE-PE Section, you will:

  • Develop software to monitor the behaviour of the superconducting magnets and circuits in the LHC;
  • Analyse the long-term behaviour of the above-mentioned circuits, in correlation to current cycling, thermal cycling, quenches, and radiation doses; accordingly make recommendations for mitigations or improvements;
  • Contribute to the further development of specific computer tools/models as part of the framework for the simulation of steady-state and transient effects in superconducting wires, cables, magnets, and circuits;
  • Cross-check the above-mentioned tools against other existing computer codes (if available) and validate the tools by means of experimental data obtained during tests on various coils and magnets;
  • Share knowledge by supervising or mentoring students working on development of technology and tools for operation and protection of high-field magnets.


Master's degree or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering or a related field.


The experience required for this post is:

  • Demonstrated experience in the field of electromagnetics, thermodynamics, and applied superconductivity.
  • Extensive experience in modern simulation techniques and working experience with programming languages (such as Python).
  • Experience in the field of superconducting magnet technology would be an asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Electromagnetic calculation and modelling
  • Thermal analysis and modelling
  • Quench phenomena and protection of superconducting magnets
  • Use of modelling and simulation software (Finite-Element, Comsol, Ansys)
  • Knowledge of programming techniques and languages: including Python

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving Results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations Having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind Following through on new ideas and innovations; planning and implementing application
  • Solving Problems: recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture Testing solutions for long-term suitability, cross-checking with all concerned before implementation.
  • Working in Teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities 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.
  • Demonstrating Flexibility: demonstrating openness to new ideas and situations Adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements
  • 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: ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports, and/or to make oral presentations. Basic knowledge of French language or an 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 12.12.2022 at midnight 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 during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: TE-MPE-PE-2022-134-LD

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