FTEC Programme Projects

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FTEC projects

The following 21 projects are proposed in the context of the FTEC trainee programme. Read them carefully and take note of your 3 preferred projects (FTEC2019-01, FTEC2019-02 etc.). You will be asked to indicate your preferred projects in the application process for the programme.

Project number Project Title Project Description Functions and training value Qualifications/skills
FTEC2019-01

Control system engineering for the refurbishment of a Cold-box

You will join the Cryogenics Group which is in charge of the definition, implementation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the cryogenic systems. A large fraction of the cryogenic systems is dedicated to test bench facilities. The Controls and Electrical Support team has a large experience in the design of new cryogenic process control system and the refurbishment of older cryogenic systems. In both cases the Industrial Controls Framework UNICOS technology is used. You will join the team which is in charge of performing the complete upgrade of the cryogenic control systems dedicated to the helium refrigerator of the SPS Accelerator test facility, using up-to-date CERN process control standard technology.

Your work will consist of:
- performing the required electrical studies for the hardware components of the UNICOS control system,
- creating/upgrading the instrumentation data base following ISO rules,
- organizing and supervising all the field work for equipment construction, 
- understanding the cryogenic process and translating it into the control logic specification,
- implementing the source code and validating it through laboratory test involving the PLC and the SCADA (SIEMENS/WinCC OA),
- providing the technical support for the commissioning, 
- producing the complete related technical documentation.

MSc. in Computing, Controls, Electronics or similar.

Skills required for this project: 
- knowledge of control system techniques, 
- knowledge of the electricity and the electronics field

FTEC2019-02

Supervision and trigger distribution units for magnet protection

When a transition from superconducting to resistive state (quench) appears in superconducting elements, it is necessary to apply protection measures by triggering the dedicated protection systems to prevent any damages in the LHC. One of the measures is to spread the quenched region to avoid excessive local heating. So far, this has been done by energising heater strips placed next to the magnet coil using the dedicated quench heater discharge supplies (DQHDS). However, some magnets, such as the new HiLumi inner triplet magnets, require a faster protection mechanism than the one based on heater strips. For this reason, the Coupling Loss Induced Quench (CLIQ) method has been recently developed. This method is based on a direct discharge of a capacitor bank into the magnet coil where a large oscillating current results in high coupling losses. 
Since all these protection systems should be highly reliable, all critical components need to be monitored and appropriate actions need to be taken in case of any malfunction. It is particularly important for the case of new magnets where the number of failures that can be tolerated in protection systems is further reduced. Therefore, you will work on the development of supervision and trigger distribution units for DQHDS and CLIQ systems. These units should have a re-trigger capability in case of spurious discharges, and a fast powering interlock to request a beam dump and powering off the corresponding magnet circuit. Additionally, a synchronisation mechanism should be incorporated into the design to enable correct correlation of data from the supervised components. ​

 

Your work will consist of:
- designing the hardware (schematic and PCB) for the supervision and trigger distribution units, 
- selecting electronics components with regard to expected levels of ionizing radiation,
- implementing the digital design on FPGA,
- developing the necessary tools in Python/LabVIEW to test the design,
- preparing the relevant project documentation.

MSc. In Electronics or Electrical Engineering. 

Skills required for this project: 
- knowledge of FPGA implementations/VHDL coding.

FTEC2019-03

Qualification of electrolytic capacitors for the development of quench protection systems of superconducting magnets

You will join the Electrical Engineering Section within the Machine Protection and Electrical Integrity Group which is responsible for the R&D, design, production, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art technology for superconducting magnet circuit protection and the electrical quality assurance of the Large Hadron Collider.
You will work on the Nb3Sn magnets, under development for the HL-LHC upgrade project, which require new and sophisticated equipment for their protection, including capacitive storage systems as part of the mitigation actions in case of quenches in these superconducting elements.

Your work will consist of:

- qualification of electrolytic capacitors to be used in high-energy storage systems for quench protection, 

- preparation of test benches for qualification of machine protection hardware,

- development and preparation of the industrialization of the Quench Heater Power Supplies needed for the quench protection of High Luminosity LHC magnets. These devices are based on the discharge of capacitor banks with thyristors as switching elements into the resistive heater strips embedded into the coils.

You will acquire knowledge in the following areas:

- electrical HV measurement techniques,

- qualification procedures and critical analysis of results,

- prototyping, testing and industrialization of HV electrical and electronic systems.

MSc. in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or similar

Skills required for this project: 
- initial experience in the construction and testing of HV electrical and electronic systems would be an asset, 
- critical thinking, 
- analytical skills,
- writing skills. ​

FTEC2019-04

Surface analysis for particle accelerator components

You will join the Surfaces, Coatings and Chemistry Section of the Vacuum, Surfaces and Coatings Group which performs surface and chemical analyses, thin film coatings by PVD and surface finishing as a CERN-wide support in development and operation of accelerators. You will support the surface analysis activity for quality control and R&D projects. This includes applying measurements of X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy, Secondary electron yield, UV photoemission as diagnostic tools for thin films prepared for getter pumping, superconducting RF applications, and suppression of electron cloud effects. This also includes the development and improvement of instrumentation for secondary electron yield measurements.

 

Your work will consist of: 
- learning how to use and apply surface science techniques to problems encountered in vacuum systems of particle accelerators and functional thin films. 
- applying the techniques for quality control and diagnostics and as a driver for developments.
- interacting with CERN users analysing and delivering suitable reports. 

MSc or PhD in Material Science or Applied Physics. 

Skills required for this project: 
- good knowledge of solid state physics.

FTEC2019-05

High-frequency impedance measurement of accelerator components

The development of novel designs and surface modifications of vacuum components often implies their validation from the point of view of beam impedance. You will design and provide experimental validation for a new set up in collaboration with other team members. The main objective is bringing forward the engineering design and mechanical fabrication of a novel facility for the impedance characterization of LHC- and FCC-type beam screens at cryogenic temperature and eventually in presence of a strong magnetic field. You will be part of the Vacuum Studies and Measurement section, in charge of novel projects and long-term developments of the group. Your work will require coordinating with several CERN groups, and will be linked to several ongoing collaborations, including the potential study of High-Temperature Superconductors. 

Your work will consist of:
- getting acquainted with UHV components and technology, RF design and technology with a focus on beam impedance issues, cryogenic design and technology.
- learning how to lead the development and construction of a significant interdisciplinary experimental facility.

MSc or PhD in Mechanical, Cryogenics Engineering or similar. 

Skills required for this project: 
- knowledge of RF design and simulations, possibly in relation with accelerators and beam dynamics
- knowledge of mechanical cryogenic design and engineering.

FTEC2019-06

Laser treatment for electron cloud mitigation

​You will contribute to the commissioning of a laser surface treatment bench conceived to roughen the surfaces and, as a consequence, reduce the secondary electron yield and the optical reflectivity of materials. The laser will be coupled with a fiber and a robot, which is designed to treat inner surfaces of vacuum chambers for particle accelerators, in particular the LHC beam screen.  

 

Your work will consist of:
- participating in the optimisation of laser treatment parameters, surface treatment strategy and patterning, 
- operating a laser system and a robot that allows the treatment of long pipes, 
- developing a suitable Labview-based code for the robot movement.

MSc in Material Science, Applied Physics or similar. 

Skills required for this project: 
- good knowledge of Labview programming, 
- knowledge of laser optics would be an asset.

FTEC2019-07

Engineering for the HiLumi-LHC Inner Triplet STRING

The HL-LHC Inner Triplet (IT) STRING will be a test stand to study and validate the collective behaviour of the different systems that make up the Inner Triplet Region: magnets, magnet protection, cryogenics, superconducting link, magnet powering, vacuum, interconnection between magnets and the SC link, and alignment.

This test stand representing the HL-LHC IT zone in a surface building is planned to run in nominal operational conditions (1.9 K and up to nominal current) from 2022 to 2023. The installation of the test stand will start in 2021.

The test stand preparation includes integration of the equipment, safety risk analysis. You will work directly with the Work Package 16 leader and will help in the organisation of the technical meetings, planning, integration and safety. You will also be involved in the regular update of the documents and the SharePoint and the EDMS sites of the WP16 to insure the communication with the different WPs and the HL-LHC project management.

Your work will consist of: 
- taking the roll of scientific secretary for the Work Package 16: HL-LHC IT String, 
 (note: you will be trained on integration of technical items belonging to a complex test stand called IT STRING),
- planning and accommodation of the tests in collaboration with other ongoing Work Packages, 
- organising and preparing technical meetings, 
- documenting and sharing information with the WPs and the HL-LHC project management, 
- participating to the safety and risk analysis of the test bench.

MSc. in Engineering or similar. 

Skills required for this project: 
- some experience in project management and associated tools,
- knowledge in safety and/or integration and planning would be an asset,  
- good coordination and communication skills are mandatory.

FTEC2019-08

Software tools for commissioning and operation of mission critical protection equipment in the accelerator complex

You will join a dynamic team of software engineers with a broad skillset (Java, C++, Object Oriented design, Spring, Reactive Streams, JavaFX, Angular, LabView etc.), which practices Kanban and work closely with equipment experts, the operation crews and CERN's controls and IT groups. The ongoing second long shutdown of CERN's accelerator complex will introduce numerous changes and new accelerator components to the entire accelerator chain, both on the hardware and software level in an effort of increasing the beam-intensity injected in the Large Hadron Collider by a factor of two in preparation for the HL-LHC project. Every shutdown period is followed by dedicated commissioning periods allowing for an in-depth validation by operation teams in collaboration with the equipment experts.The commissioning of magnet circuit and related protection systems relies since many years on the Accelerator Testing framework (AccTesting), a Java Spring based framework that automates the scheduling, execution, tracking and analysis of more than 10,000 commissioning tests to validate the proper functioning of the 1,800 magnet circuits of the LHC. 
You will gain insights into modern software development practices and tools as well as a good overview of state of the art accelerator equipment and controls infrastructures.

 

Your work will consist of: 
- participating to the extension of automated commissioning to other vital LHC systems, such as magnet interlock systems as well as beam interlock and safe machine parameter systems to facilitate the repetition of important commissioning steps as well for the operation crews. 
- participating to the validation and commissioning of a second generation transient data storage and analysis system, which forms the basis of automatic validation of commissioning steps as well as being a vital tool operational tool for the analysis of beam aborts and powering events in the LHC.

 

MSc in Computer Science or similar.

Skills required for this project: 
- knowledge of Java and Spring, 
- Continuous Integration best practices, 
- ability to work in a team, to participate in design discussions,
- knowledge of Scrum and Python would be an asset.​

FTEC2019-09

Design and manufacturing of normal conducting copper structures

​CERN has been pushing the limit of high gradient accelerating structures through the manufacture of normal conducting copper structures at various frequencies and for different purposes. Initially designed and built for the CLIC study at 30GHz, we do manufacture and test high gradient structures at 3 GHz and 12 GHz and at much lower frequency like 750MHz for different applications from high-energy physics, medical treatment, x-ray generation or conservation of art. The successful manufacturing process is continuously being optimized to yield structures with sub-micron tolerances, working at very high electrical fields and in an ultra-vacuum environment. In this context, there is a need for design, conception and manufacturing work for the accelerating structures themselves as well as for components capable of sustaining high power and other ancillary equipment. 

 

Your work will consist of:   

- the conception design and manufacture of high gradient accelerating structures and high power RF components,    
- integrating a small team of physicist, engineers and technicians in the RF group of CERN,                     
- taking responsibility for the mechanical design in 3D and the execution of manufacturing drawings,              - leading the procurement of the ultra-precise machined parts in industry and the final assembly of prototypes including the quality assurance plan. ​

You will acquire basic knowledge in RF engineering, accelerator physics and material engineering by working on the job. In addition, CERN has extensive training in many domains including, mechanical design, ISO tolerances, quality assurance tools that you can use to improve you skills. CERN also offers courses in languages (French and English), project management and soft skills in general that you may take after agreeing with your supervisor. Lastly, working in a very broad environment, that includes not only CERN colleagues but also international collaborators, you will develop your communication and negotiating skills and turn you into a valuable professional for your future career.

 

MSc. in Mechanical, Production Engineering or similar. 

Skills required for this project: 
- good knowledge of Computer Assisted Design tools, in particular CATIA (or the willingness to learn it), 
- knowledge of material science, lifecycle management or thermo-mechanical simulations would be an asset, 
- creativity and imagination applied to mechanics, 
- ability to work in teams and independently, 
- good communication skills.

FTEC2019-10

Consolidation and Redesign of the CERN Industrial Controls Frameworks

You will integrate an Agile team to participate in software development for CERN Industrial Control Systems​. The CERN Industrial Controls Frameworks, JCOP and UNICOS, consist of a set of tools, guidelines and engineering methodology for the developed controls applications based on industrial components, like SCADA packages, PLC, OPC Unified Architecture, etc. These frameworks are currently used in more than 650 critical control applications in many different domains, like the LHC experiments, cryogenics, cooling and ventilation, magnet protection systems, interlocks, etc. The utilisation of these frameworks has enabled to reach an unprecedented level of homogeneity of control systems. So far, provisioning of functionality has been favoured over consolidation efforts. In 2018 a major project was launched which aims at the rationalisation of the multiple developments in the frameworks and re-engineering of some components in order to simplify both, the utilisation of the frameworks for newcomers as well as their long-term maintenance. You will have a unique training opportunity to learn about Industrial Controls Systems applied to accelerators and experiments, as well as to learn about management of large scale and long-term software. 

Your work will consist of: 
- learning about related standard tooling like software management tools such as gitlab, Jira, etc., 
- playing a major role in the consolidation and redesign project of the frameworks,
- participating in all phases of the project, e.g. review of the existing solutions, gathering of new requirements by discussing with users, participation in the re-engineering and implementation processes and close collaboration with the end users for the deployment of the new solutions in production,
- developing a vertical view of the control systems since you will be expected to work in all layers of the control stack, i.e. SCADA, middleware and front-end equipment.

 

MSc. in Software Engineering 

Skills required for this project:  
- knowledge of Industrial Controls Software development.

FTEC2019-11

Validation and verification of industrial control systems

You will join the Industrial Controls and Safety Systems Group, which is responsible for the engineering of several PLC-based industrial control systems at CERN (e.g. LHC cryogenics, gas, test benches etc.). These control systems, of the type of process control, interlocks and safety instrumented systems, require a high level of reliability. You will play an essential role in developing the tools to make the formal verification of those controls systems. You will have unique training opportunities in the area of computer science, industrial controls, machine operation and formal methods applied to those fields.

 

Your work will consist of:
- providing support to an operational software tool (PLCVerif) and formally verify real life CERN PLC programmes,
- enhancing the tool to include TIA portal new SCL and the Schneider ST languages,
- developing the extensions to cope with timed requirements and other more complex requirements,
- improving the static code analysis features of the tool,
- supporting the automation engineers during the verification process of several projects,
- supporting and maintaining the open source repository.

 

MSc. in Computer Engineering 

Skills required for this project: 
- knowledge of PLC programming or similar languages (low variability),
- knowledge of formal methods (e.g. model checking),
- knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems​.

FTEC2019-12

Superconducting RF (SRF) sample testing at the cryogenics lab

You will work on RF characterisation of thin superconducting samples and test cavities at the Cryolab.The testing facility at the Cryolab is operated with 1.3 GHz cavities and the Quadrupole Resonator apparatus measures the surface impedance of superconductors for accelerating cavities. This activity is a vital part of the R&D effort on SRF at CERN, notably in the context of the Future Circular Collider study where new superconducting layers are developed in a joint effort between the vacuum and RF groups. 

You will integrate a small working group, which is developing A15 (Nb3Sn and V3Si) thin films on copper substrates, and be in charge of the RF measurements of flat samples and of their interpretation. These measurements are to be done using the quadrupole resonator device, of which a new version is being commissioned. The same group of people is pursuing improvements of the Nb/Cu technology, in particular with respect to the long-standing issue of the Q-slope at high accelerating gradients. Once a particular film recipe has been optimized on the QPR samples, it is then applied to 1.3 GHz mono-cell cavities, which can be tested as well at the Cryolab. The training value of the project includes precision RF measurements, handling of cryogenics and vacuum technology and teamwork in a research environment.​

 

MSc. in Electronics Engineering, RF or similar. 

Skills required for this project: 
- good knowledge of electromagnetism, and of the elementary phenomenology of superconductors in RF fields, metrology, data processing, analysis and reporting, 
- laboratory work requiring care, reliability, patience and willingness to develop manual skills for sample handling and mounting on the test stand.​ ​

FTEC2019-13

Mathematical Geodetic Observation Modelling and Testing

New mathematical observation models are required in order to process measurements from state-of-the-art high precision alignment sensors, and geodetic instruments. These would enable the calculation and simulation, of  precision measurement networks and alignment systems for the Future Circular Collider Study, and an integrated propagation of errors between  several linked systems. You will integrate a multi-disciplinary team consisting of mechatronics engineers, surveyors and electronics engineers. You will work on contributions to the HiLumi LHC Project and the Future Circular Collider Study and more specifically on developing mathematical models for modern geodetic instruments and cutting edge, high precision, measurement sensors. You will be guided by people with many years’ experience in developing geodetic mathematical models, taking into account both the Earth’s shape and gravity field and characteristics of the instruments themselves. You will also receive specific training with software used for the implementation of such models, in order to apply this knowledge in these studies. Likewise, you will receive training in the use of modern software development and testing techniques.

 

Your functions will include: 
- analysis and understanding of geodetic instruments and sensors included, and under development, for current and planned high precision alignment systems, and the measurements made by them,
- development of mathematical models for geodetic instruments and alignment sensors measurement, 
- implementation and testing of the mathematical models in a least squares general compensation programme.

 

MSc. in Mathematics, Computing, or equivalent 

Skills required for this project: 
- experience analysing systems and the development of mathematical models, 
- good knowledge of C++ and Matlab programming,
- knowledge of general least squares compensation algorithms,
- enthusiastic, willing to be part of a multi-disciplinary team.

FTEC2019-14

Commissioning and Evaluation of a Precision Prototype Electromechanical Instrument 

The Differential Geodetic Interferometric Deflectometer (or just Deflectometer), is a novel electromechanical instrument conceived to determine the relative changes in the direction of gravity along the length of the instrument, to an accuracy of less than a microradian. A prototype instrument was developed as a proof of concept, with precise interferometric angle and inclinometer measurements, made on a small moving wagon, inside a 12 m long vacuum chamber. As part of the ongoing Future Circular Collider Study, this work will see: the completion of updates to the instrument; the re-commissioning of the hardware and the control software; and a new series of test measurements undertaken, in order to determine if the concept is now viable. 
You will have the opportunity to integrate a multi-disciplinary team consisting of mechatronics engineers, surveyors and electronics engineers. You will work on studies to develop a novel instrument to measure precisely certain parameters of the gravity field.You will be trained in the development of high precision electromechanical instruments, in particular the design and implementation of mechanical, electronic and angle measurement systems under vacuum. You will learn how to perform high accuracy angle measurements, and understand the potential sources of errors. You will receive specific training on signal processing techniques to filter out noise from the measurement data sets, in order to apply this knowledge on the data sets generated.

 

Your functions will include: 
- analysis of the hardware, control software, and the documentation of the Deflectometer pre-prototype, 
- completion of the implementation, re-commissioning and testing of the system, applying any necessary updates and modifications, 
- carrying out measurements with the instrument and applying appropriate signal processing algorithms to the measurement data, and analysing them for the expected change in the direction of the gravity field, 
- 3D design of high precision alignment systems, 
- reporting and presenting results.

 

MSc. in Mechatronics, Mechanical / Electronic Engineering, or equivalent. 

Skills required for this project: 
- experience and understanding of Mechanical design, 
- experience and understanding of Electronics and Control Systems design, 
- experience in assembly and tests of mechanical and electro-mechanical components/systems, 
- ability to perform measurements and to carry out inspection techniques using a variety of basic metrology equipment (i.e. callipers, micrometric screws, etc.), 
- knowledge of signal processing techniques, 
- knowledge of  Labview and either CATIA or Autocad would be a bonus, 
- enthusiastic, willing to be part of a multi-disciplinary team.

FTEC2019-15

Analysis of Data Requirements for Precise Gravity Field Determinations

A new gravity field model would need to be established for a Future Circular Collider (FCC), and the measurements and data required need to be identified as part of the ongoing studies. It is proposed that different alignment precisions and constraints be targeted, corresponding to a range of potential FCC accelerator requirements. Building on a gravity field study concluded for another accelerator study, and using the dense data set of astro-geodetic and gravimetric measurements and geophysical information, the requirements to generate a gravity field model sufficient for a given alignment precision will be established. This will identify, for each configuration, the requirements in terms of existing geodetic and geophysical data and any additional measurements required, together with their precision, density, and coverage. You will have the opportunity to integrate a multi-disciplinary team consisting of mechatronics engineers, surveyors and electronics engineers. You will work on studies for developing millimetric, and sub-millimetric precision geoid models covering a site of approximately 1000 km2. You will learn the methods used for the computation of gravitational fields, and understand the importance of different measurement types, and geological data, on the precision of the gravity field models. You will also receive specific training on software used for the development of gravity field models. Likewise, you will receive training in the use of an application developed to apply a metric to characterise the alignment precision attained by a given geoid model over a given distance.

 

Your work will consist of: 
- analysing the data set, and documentation, established for the CLIC gravity field model studies,
- studying the software developed to process the same datasets for the development of gravity field models, 
- perform calculations and analyses to understand how much the precision of a gravity field model degrades with different conditions, 
- determining optimal sub-sets of the measurement data required to produce a geoid model meeting given accelerator alignment precisions,
- reporting and presenting results.

 

MSc. in Geodesy, Geodetic Engineering or Surveying Engineering or equivalent 

Skills required for this project: 
- experience and understanding of astro-geodetic and gravimetric instruments and measurements, 
- knowledge of mathematical modelling techniques for determining a gravity field model, 
- understanding of the contributions of geophysical and geological data to gravity field model determination, 
- knowledge of the C++ programming language and Matlab would be a bonus, 
- enthusiastic, willing to be part of a multi-disciplinary team.

FTEC2019-16

Support for Electronics Radiation testing and hardness assurance

You will be assigned to the Beam Machine Interaction Section, in the Sources Targets and Interactions Group of the Engineering Department. In addition, you will be part of the Radiation to Electronics project, in charge of ensuring an acceptable performance of electronic components and systems throughout the Accelerator Technology Sector.  

Your work will consist of: 
- the preparation, development and analysis/reporting of radiation testing of electronics, with a special focus on R&D activities both in terms of tested technologies and effects, as well as the used radiation environment and qualification approach,
- supporting the development of CERN in-house irradiation areas for electronics testing (e.g. dosimetry, benchmarking, etc.),
- providing support for modelling of interaction of radiation fields with electronic components.

MSc. in Applied Physics, Electronics Engineering or equivalent. 

Skills required for this project: 
- knowledge of electronic semiconductor components and related circuits, 
- basic knowledge of radiation effects on electronics. 

The following skills would be an asset: 
- knowledge of radiation-matter interaction, experience with related simulation tools (FLUKA, Geant4...), 
- experience with semiconductor device simulation tools (e.g. TCAD),
- experience with circuit-level simulation tools (e.g. SPICE).

FTEC2019-17

Mechanical Engineering for beam intercepting devices (target, collimators and dumps)

You will join the Targets Dumps and Collimator Section of the Sources Targets and Interactions Group which is responsible of all CERN's Beam Intercepting Devices (BID). BIDs such as targets, collimators, beam stoppers and beam dumps are key components in CERN's accelerator complex. They are mechanical devices employed to absorb and/or attenuate particles from the high energy particle beams needed for CERN's experimental research program, as well as to generate secondary particle beams.​
You will gain valuable theoretical and practical experience and you will develop and improve your CAD design skills by using CATIA and other similar software.You will apply your theoretical knowledge to the dimensioning of components and analysis of mechanisms. Moreover, you will learn and practice design techniques to ensure remote handling compatibility. Furthermore, you will learn project management skills and interact with other multicultural teams within CERN.

 

Your work will consist of:  
- working on the design, build, and upgrade of high performance mechanical assemblies, such as proton beam targets and beam dumps that absorb ultra-high-energy particles and the remotely controlled mechanisms needed to position them precisely and repeatedly under arduous operating conditions (high temperatures, radiation and ultra-high vacuum),
- working in a team of engineers and physicists to execute the conception, design work and the detailed design of these challenging yet indispensable components of any particle accelerators, 
- procuring components and managing the construction, installation and commissioning of the elements the team is responsible for,
- providing technical support to mechanical technicians during assembly of the components.

MSc. in Mechanical/Aerospace/Nuclear Engineering/Applied Physics or equivalent.

Skills required for this project:  
- experience in using CAD systems such as CATIA,
- experience with Finite Element Model codes such as ANSYS or similar,
- experience in reading mechanical design drawings and specifications in terms of tolerance.

FTEC2019-18

Mechatronics Engineering for the ISOLDE Facility 

You will work on the commissioning and upgrades of ISOLDE test benches for target development.

Your work will consist of: 
- commissioning and operation of a mass spectrometer,
- participating in modifications and improvements of existing test infrastructure,
- developing prototype test stands and equipment for target testing, including target modifications,
- participating in a dynamic multi-disciplinary team for target production,

You will acquire knowledge in the following areas: 
- mechanical engineering, 
- vacuum, 
- ion beam production, 
- controls, 
- nuclear physics
- nuclear engineering.

MSc. in Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Engineering or similar.

Skills required for this project: 
- mechanical engineering, 
- mechatronics,
- vacuum, controls, 
- plc/Labview, 
- beam optics would be an advantage.

FTEC2019-19

Fabrication Engineering for Accelerator components

You will provide engineering support to the production engineering and subcontracting activities of the Mechanical and Materials Group. In particular, you will take over the fabrication of components for the HL-LHC magnets (cold masses and cryostats) as well as components for the RF power lines in the frame of the LIU project.
You will also be involved in two challenging projects which require active contribution of a fabrication engineer: the design and fabrication of a cryomodule (FRESCA 2) as well as series production of HL-LHC Beam Screen. You will acquire valuable hands-on and diversified experience as a fabrication engineer dealing with diverse fabrication methods for the construction of complex multi-technology assemblies.

 

Your work will consist of: 
- identifying and preparing fabrication sequences relying on in-house production facilities,
- preparing detailed technical specifications and taking the responsibility for subcontracted production in line with CERN procurement rules,
- managing fabrication contracts and follow-up production with CERN suppliers in the member states.

MSc. in Mechanical Engineering, Fabrication Engineering or similar. 

Skills required for this project: 
- knowledge of ISO GD&T standard for reading and interpreting complex mechanical drawings,
- knowledge of main fabrication methods including machining, sheet-metal forming and welding, 
- knowledge of main quality standard for manufacturing (welding, pressure vessels, lifting equipment), 
- knowledge of material properties and mechanical behaviour in particular for stainless steels, copper alloys, aluminium alloys.

FTEC2019-20

Mechanical or material engineering for studies on radiation damage on beam intercepting devices materials 

You will join the Targets Dumps and Collimators Section of the Sources Targets and Interactions Group which is responsible of all Beam Intercepting Devices (BID). BIDs such as targets, collimators, beam stoppers and beam dumps are key components in CERN's accelerator complex. They are mechanical devices employed to absorb and/or attenuate particles from the high energy particle beams needed for CERN's experimental research program, as well as to generate secondary particle beams.
You will gain valuable practical experience in the field of nuclear and material engineering as well as in the properties of nuclear materials applied to beam intercepting devices.You will also learn project management skills and interact with diverse teams. 

 

You will work on the design, build, and upgrade of high performance mechanical assemblies, such as proton beam targets and beam dumps, that absorb ultra-high-energy particles and the remotely controlled mechanisms needed to position them precisely and repeatedly under arduous operating conditions (high temperatures, radiation and ultra-high vacuum). 

You will work in a team of engineers and physicists to execute the conception, design work and the detailed design of these challenging yet indispensable components of any particle accelerators. You will also procure components and manage the construction, installation and commissioning of the elements the team is responsible of. Further, you will provide technical support to mechanical technicians during assembly of the components.

You will also gain valuable theoretical and practical experience and you will develop and improve your CAD design skills by using CATIA and other similar software. 
You will apply your theoretical knowledge to the dimensioning of components and analysis of mechanisms. You will learn and practice design techniques to ensure remote handling compatibility. You will learn project management skills and interact with other multicultural teams within CERN. ​

MSc. or PhD in Nuclear or Material Engineering.

Skills required for this project: 
- experience in using CAD systems such as CATIA,
- experience with Finite Element Model codes such as ANSYS or similar, 
- knowledge and experience with nuclear materials and radiation effects.

FTEC2019-21

Full-stack Software Engineering for internal applications

You will join the DevOps team in the Product Lifecycle Management Service, you will help to build, integrate and support applications based on CERN’s next-generation PLM Platform, that is to be delivered in 2021 in replacement of existing software. You will be working in a dynamic agile team and will be given the opportunity to specify, design and deliver functionalities that integrate and extend the use of the future PLM platform.
Typical application areas in which you will work: CAD Data Management, 3D model visualisation, Engineering Document Management, and integration with other systems.

Your work will consist of:
 - designing and developing front-end applications using React, Javascript, HTML5, CSS,
 - designing and developing back-end applications using Java, Spring, .NET,
 - extending CERN's new PLM platform using Java or .NET,
 - performing code review, testing, delivery and support of the software,
 - integrating and linking enterprise applications,
 - performing data analysis and data migration​.

MSc. in Computing or similar. ​

Skills required for this project: 
- working knowledge of Object-Oriented Programming (Java or .NET), 
- JavaScript (and its interplay with HTML5 & CSS), Git. 
- knowledge and experience of relational databases and SQL would be a strong asset.

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