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Oprettet:9. juli 2024

Ansøgningsfrist:4. august 2024

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    Power Converter Field Technician (SY-EPC-MPC-2024-102-LD) , Geneva, Switzerland

    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  http://home.cern

    Job Description

    Are you willing to become a key player in high power systems? Join CERN’s  Electrical Power Converter Group (EPC) and leave your mark on the development/operation of the electrical systems for CERN's particle accelerators. Take part!

    You will join the Accelerator  Systems Department (SY), which is responsible for the beam-related technical systems of the CERN accelerators. The SY teams design, build and operate equipment systems in all CERN accelerators, and are engaged in ambitious forward-looking R&D programmes.

    The  Electrical Power Converter Group (EPC) in the Systems Department (SY) is responsible for  the electrical power systems for the entire CERN accelerator complex.

    You will join the  Medium Power Converter Section (SY-EPC-MPC), whose members develop and operate specific power systems. These systems are in the range of 10 kW up to several MW for magnets including those of the LHC injector chain and LHC superconducting magnets.


    As a Power Converter Field Technician, you will become a member of a team tasked with implementing an upgrade for the Control Electronics for existing thyristors converters and testing and installing new modern switch mode converters ( POLARIS) within the  SPS complex and  North Area consolidation programs (total of 200 units rated from 10 kW to 20MW).

    In particular you will:
    • Adapt existing electrical power diagrams and associated bills of materials, proposing mechanical and cabling modifications for integrating the standard Control Electronics platform of EPC group into Thyristor converters;
    • Organize and follow-up the manufacturing of specific mechanical and electrical components;
    • Take part in the design of electronic boards using discrete analogue / digital electronics for the low-level interface of power components to converter controls;
    • Participate in validation tests on a platform, record and analyse results and write test reports while enforcing platform safety regulations;
    • Participate in the commissioning of power converters within the final environment and report progress of these activities,
    • Contribute to the operational and maintenance aspects of the converters as well as in fault-finding and corrective interventions.


    Higher technical diploma or equivalent relevant experience in the field of electronic or electrical engineering, power electronics or a related field.

    • Installation, test, commissioning, operation or maintenance of electrical power equipment;
    • Experience in coordinating activities (definition of tasks, planning, follow-up, reporting);
    • Initial experience in the design of electronic boards using discrete analogue / digital electronics;
    • Use of CAD tools for the creation of electrical schematics and PCB boards;
    • Use of CAD tools for the creation of mechanical schematics and 3-D drawings would be an asset.

    Technical competencies:
    • Construction, test and installation of power electronic components and systems;
    • Assembly of electronic crates, racks and cabinets;
    • Operation and maintenance of power electronic components and systems;
    • Knowledge and application of power electronics techniques;
    • Design, simulation, testing and measurements of electronic circuits.

    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.
    • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them Addressing complex problems by breaking them down into manageable components.
    • Working in teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities Cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
    • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.
    • Managing self: using time efficiently and effectively Working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.

    Language skills:
    Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand, speak and write in one of the two languages in professional contexts, and an undertaking to acquire the other language 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  August 4th, 2024 by 23:59 CEST.

    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:
    • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and official holidays.
    • Work in Radiation Areas.
    • Interventions in underground installations.
    • A valid driving licence.

    Job grade: 3-4
    Job reference: SY-EPC-MPC-2024-102-LD
    Benchmark Job Title: Electrical Technician

    How to apply?

    see the vacancy here and apply online:


    Please make sure you have all the documents needed to hand as you start your application, as once it is submitted, you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application further

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