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Electrical Technician

Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date
21 Jun 2023

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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

Job Description


Are you a skilled electrical technician with experience in installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical power circuits, and/or in the assembly, modification and operation of electrical equipment? Are you looking to stretch yourself and take on a new challenge? Join CERN's Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats Group and contribute to the magnet test  team in the operation of their world-class test and measurement laboratories, for the qualification of the next generation of superconducting magnets, guiding particle beams in a variety of new accelerator projects. Take part!

As an Electrical Technician, you will take part in the operation and upgrade of a major installation for the testing of superconducting magnets. You will also be involved in producing, installing, commissioning, operating and maintaining specific equipment and instrumentation for test and measurement.


As an Electrical Technician, in the Technology (TE) department*, Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostat (MSC) group, you will:

  • Prepare and configure the test benches and its associated power circuits, electronics and instrumentation for the test of superconducting magnets.
  • Operate the test benches for the qualification tests of superconducting magnets, perform first line result validation and prepare test reports.
  • Contribute to the release of documentation including test procedures and reports.
  • Perform maintenance on instrumentation and safety systems, and perform on-site interventions during superconducting magnet testing.

*TE department: *


Technical certificate or general secondary education or equivalent relevant experience in the field of electrical/electronic engineering, mechatronics or a related field.


  • You have proven experience in the installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical power circuits, and/or in the assembly, modification and operation of electrical equipment.
  • You have experience with quality-assurance procedures, test procedures and documentation.
  • You have some experience in operating a test or measurement station and are familiar with operating control systems and/or safety interlock systems.

Technical competencies:

  • Construction, test and installation of electrical machines: construction, test and installation of accelerator magnets and systems would be an asset.
  • Operation and maintenance of electromechanical equipment and systems
  • Knowledge and application of instrumentation and measurement techniques
  • Knowledge of data-acquisition, monitoring, and control systems.  
  • Competence in testing, calibration and validation of electrical/electronic equipment, such as electrical machines, power converters, transformers, and magnets.

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
  • Demonstrating Flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements Being willing to work on different projects simultaneously
  • Managing Self: remaining objective, focussed and productive in a stressful environment; focusing on solutions rather than problems
  • Achieving Results: objectively assessing and monitoring own work; regularly reporting on progress and advising of any changes in schedule or priorities
  • Solving Problems: carrying out a full risk analysis before starting activity / project

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in routine situations.

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 21.06.2023.

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.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: TE-MSC-TM-2023-69-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Electrical 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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