LHC Engineer-in-Charge

£80223.12-114553.32 per annum
05 May 2017
27 May 2017
CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research
Contract Type
Full Time
LHC Engineer-in-Charge (EIC) in the Beams Department (BE), Operations Group (OP), Large Hadron Collider Section.

The BE Operations Group (OP) is responsible for the operation of all CERN accelerators. These facilities run 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for 9-11 months per year. As an Engineer-in-Charge (EIC) you will take responsibility in the CERN Control Centre for the effective and safe operation of the Large Hadron Collider during commissioning, regular operation and machine development.

The Operations Group is responsible for the operation of the entire CERN accelerator complex, which currently consists of four Linacs, seven synchrotrons and seven experimental areas. In addition to producing the colliding beam in the LHC, the complex also supplies protons and heavy ions to varied proton, antiproton and heavy ion experimental programs. The Group is also responsible for the operation of CERN's technical infrastructure.


As LHC Engineer-in-Charge in the BE-OP-LHC Section, you will:

  • Be part of the 24-7 shift team that runs CERN's accelerator complex.
  • On a shift rotation, take responsibility in the CERN Control Centre for the effective and safe operation of the LHC during commissioning, regular operation and machine development.
  • Take initiative in the optimisation of the LHC performance.
  • Acquire a thorough knowledge of the various accelerator hardware systems and associated controls software, as well as the underlying accelerator physics of LHC operation.
  • Outside of shift work, work in collaboration with the Beams Department, Beam Instrumentation (BE-BI) Group to develop beam measurement and diagnostic systems for the LHC and other CERN accelerators.
  • You will also be required to contribute to the Hardware Commissioning and Powering Test programs which precede periods of beam commissioning and subsequent operation with beam.

  • Qualification required

    Master's degree in the field of physics or engineering, or equivalent. A PhD would be an asset.

    Experience and competencies

    The experience required for this post is:

  • The main requirement for this post is experience in commissioning or operation of accelerators, accelerator systems or detectors.

  • The following would be an advantage:

  • Demonstrated experience of accelerator physics.
  • Experience with control systems and data analysis techniques.
  • Experience with design and construction of components for accelerators.
  • Software engineering in a modern development language environment (JAVA, C++, Python etc.).
  • Detector design, construction, testing and operation.

  • The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Knowledge of accelerator physics theory.
  • Accelerator operation.
  • Accelerator performance analysis & optimization.
  • Application of beam measurement devices

  • The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English: Ability to draw-up technical specifications documentation and/or scientific reports.
  • Basic knowledge of French or a willingness to acquire it rapidly.

  • 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 28.05.2017.

    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:

  • Shift work, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.