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Material Technical Engineer

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Company Description

At CERN, the European Organisation 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.

Job Description

Are you a passionate Material Technical Engineer who would like to participate in the development and production of thin-film coatings to improve the performance of particle accelerators? Take part!

You will operate the physical vapour deposition (PVD) coating facilities of the laboratory for CERN-wide applications. You will be involved in developing and improving the performance of the thin-film coatings in terms of adhesion, reduction of electron emission, superconductivity, getter properties and so on, according to the needs of the present and future projects. You will actively take part in thin-film coating campaigns in the CERN accelerator complex during machine stops.

In the Technology (TE) Department, Vacuum Surface and Coating group (TE-VSC), Surface Coating and Chemistry section (TE, VSC, SCC), you will take responsibility for the management, operation, maintenance and development of a facility dedicated to thin-film coatings.


  • Operate and maintain the equipment dedicated to thin-film coatings of components for particle accelerators.
  • Ensure availability of the plant and the quality of the production.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the parts before coating with the surface treatment team of the section.
  • In collaboration with the engineers and physicists of the team, adapt and develop the tools (holders, cathodes, masks…) and the parameters as a function of the various geometries and constraints of the parts to be treated.
  • Interact with other members of the Organisation to set up the necessary quality control (for instance surface and material analysis, pumping speed and outgassing measurements, electron microscopy, etc…).
  • Participate in the R&D phase of new thin films and processes bringing new ideas to continuously improve and adapt it to the demand of the Organisation.
  • Ensure the coordination of a small team of technicians.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of material engineering or a related field.


  • Experience in operation of thin-film deposition devices and production of thin films by PVD or CVD or similar techniques.
  • Initial experience in operation of High Vacuum or Ultra High Vacuum systems would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of some of the main thin-film characterisation techniques.
  • Knowledge of basic material properties as thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, etc.
    Technical competencies:
  • Knowledge and use of standard vacuum components and piping: principles of operation of Ultra High Vacuum devices, like pumps, valves, pressure gauges, residual gas analysers etc.
  • Knowledge of the physics concepts involved in the main thin-film deposition techniques.
  • Basic knowledge of Labview programming would be an advantage.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting Using time efficiently and effectively.
  • Achieving results: being rigorous and producing quality results at first attempt 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 recognising what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: demonstrating a willingness to accept changing circumstances; supporting initiatives for change.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: the ability to understand and speak the other language or the 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 Organisation. 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 16.01.2020.


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Opportunity Overview

  • January 26th, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Geneva (Switzerland)
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  • Materials & Minerals
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