Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical, Mechatronics, Materials, Physics.

About us

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. 

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Your responsibilities

The CERN Experimental Physic department has a strategic R&D programme on technologies for future experiments. This initiative covers detector mechanics, electronics, software and magnets for new experiments and detector upgrades in High Energy Physics beyond LHC phase II.

In this framework the work package related to Mechanics addresses the challenges to develop completely new Detector designs based on advanced structural and thermal materials, served by robotic systems for their installation and maintenance.

Competing requirements like minimum space use, thermal constraints, high precision, low mass, and radiation hardness drive this Development. The use of advanced Carbon composite material compared to standard metals is one of the design choices to meet these requirements.

Among the different Mechanics developments, the replacement of the large metallic cryostats in the Detector magnets and calorimeters with a carbon composite design represents an unprecedented challenge.

As a mechanical engineer in the CERN EP R&D, you will be part of the group in charge of this development with responsibilities in the design, structural analysis, materials, and process choices.

The development targets the construction of a large scale demonstrator that will require production follow-up with the implementation of suitable quality assurance procedures and test benches to verify the thermo-mechanical performance of the final assemblies.

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Demonstrated experience in the design of composite components and systems. A good understanding of tracking detector mechanics and knowledge of cryostat system would be advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of CAD software for 3D modelling (ideally Catia V5) and the production of 2D technical drawings according to the relevant standards for dimensioning and tolerances (e.g. ISO Geometrical Product Specifications).
  • Demonstrated, hands-on experience in thermal and mechanical testing is essential
  • Rigorous and organized approach to work, producing quality results at first attempt.
  • Work well in teams.
  • Fluent in English, the ability to work in French would be an advantage.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You have a professional background in Mechanical Engineer (or a related field) and have either:
    • a Master's degree with 2 to 6 years of post-graduation professional experience;
    • or a PhD with no more than 3 years of post-graduation professional experience.
  • You have never had a CERN fellow or graduate contract before.

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 6,212 and 6,828 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN's comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French.
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Job ID Number: EP-DT-2024-115-GRAP
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  • Deadline
    July 2nd, 2024
  • Starting
    August 2024
  • Salary
    6,212 and 6,828 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax) + benefits
  • Degree required
    Master's and above
  • Location
    Geneva (Switzerland)
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
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