Electrical and Automation Technician

£4290.88 - £6127.70 per month
02 Jun 2017
24 Jun 2017
CERN European
Job Type
Electrical & Automation Technician in the Beams Department (BE), in the Industrial Controls & Safety Systems Group (ICS), in the Alarm System Section (AS).

You will join:

  • The Beams (BE) Department, responsible for beam performance of CERN accelerator chain.
  • The Industrial Controls and Safety systems (ICS) Group which provides solutions and support for industrial control systems and which develops, installs and maintains safety systems.
  • The Alarm Systems (AS) Section is a seven-person team comprising five skilled technicians and two engineers. The section is responsible for the supply, installation, maintenance, operation, renovation and support of all alarm systems ( IS37 ). In particular, it is responsible for Fire, Flammable Gas, Oxygen Deficiency, Toxic Gases systems and Emergency telephones and the safety alarm transmission systems (CHAMN, CSAM) to the relevant control rooms (CERN Fire Brigade and CERN Control Centre). CHAMN is the Cabled Hardware AlarM Network composed of electrical boards and thousands of cables. CSAM is the CERN Safety Alarm Monitoring system (CSAM), a PLC and SCADA based control system.


As an Electrical & Automation Technician, you will mainly work on 2 activities (CHAMN & CSAM), you will:

  • Be technical responsible for the maintenance and operation of both systems; this includes the weekly updates and weekly support to users.
  • Ensure the organization and planning of all the activities you are responsible for.
  • Ensure cabled network renovation and evolution.
  • Make evolve, implement, test, operate and maintain PLC based control systems and associated SCADA systems.
  • Work to help minimizing spurious alarms.
  • Identify and propose consolidation works to ensure a continuous improvement of installations.
  • Trace maintenance tasks in the Computerised Maintenance Management tool (Infor EAM).
  • Trace cable interventions in the Cabling Data Base.
  • ...

Qualification required

Higher technical diploma in the field of electricity and information technologies, automation, or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Maintenance and operation of safety systems.
  • Installation, maintenance & operation of Control systems.
  • Organisation, planning and control of maintenance or installation activities.
  • Technical supervision of contract.
  • Knowledge of safety standards (i.e. IEC61508/IEC61511) would be an advantage.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written French is essential for this position. The ability to understand and speak English in routine situations is an advantage.

Eligibility conditions

Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 09.07.2017.

By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.

Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 5 years. Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry.
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 public holidays.
  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.