VI programme projects

Volontaires Internationaux programme : projects

Project number Project Title Project Description

Computing scientist/engineer for HL-LHC collaborations

The HL-LHC Project at CERN has a large set of ongoing Collaborations Agreements with Institutions from many countries. The Collaborations office takes care of support for the negotiations of the Collaboration Agreements and their follow-up via the organization of dedicated meetings (the Steering Meetings) and frequent interactions on technical and planning aspects likewise for financial matters.

These collaborations with worldwide institutes are part of CERN mission. The collaborations enable both CERN and institutes to enrich their knowledge and to exploit competences on both sides. The collaboration agreements are also very important for the financial support of the projects with contributions coming from Institutes in the form of high technology hardware elements to be integrated in the CERN accelerators.

The Project aims at finding a computing scientist/engineer in support of the follow-up of the execution of the Collaboration Agreements in terms of progress reporting, automatic generation of reports and risk evaluation for the execution of the foreseen work. You will be integrated in the core team of the Project following the Collaboration Agreement, and will interact with the collaboration officers, work-package leaders and collaborators from all over the world to collect the requirements and discuss the possible solutions tailored to the needs.

Static data, concerning collaborations, stored in large spreadsheets shall be processed for the generation of reports in documents and presentations. The approach on the methodology can be discussed with the successful candidate with the possibility of first migrating data to structured databases and then implementing data extraction and processing. A subset of the data, concerning planning information shall be subject to risk evaluation for preventive measures as increment of workforce and increment of production lines. The evolution of data during the execution of the Agreement shall be used for monitoring purpose and evolving risk evaluation for triggering possible corrective measures.

Although data and results of the computation are currently stored in commercial software products, the project would benefit for migration to open source software solutions. Technical specifications and example of data and already available code will be supplied at the start of the appointment.

Requirements: University degree in exact sciences.Prior experience with treatment of data in XML format can be an asset. Knowledge of Python and interaction with relational databases can be an asset. Systematic approach to documentation for future code maintenance.



You will ​be responsible for the timely processing of all payments, in compliance with internal procedures and CERN financial Rules.Coordination with suppliers, banks and other CERN services.Ensure that all procedures relating to treasury and payments are up to date.Perform treasury operations in the absence of the treasury assistant.Assist in the implementation and follow-up of treasury related projects.Ensure that risks and controls in the Internal Control System are up to date.Assist in the preparation of treasury related reports, KPIs and documents.
You will join a small but dynamic team inside the Finance and Administrative Processes department. In cooperation with the rest of the team and under the close supervision of the senior members, you will control and issue payments to a wide number of suppliers, ensure the quality of the information in the databases and provide support for the treasury operations such as bank transfers, deposits and the management of CERN's cash, investments, loans and FX exposure. You will continuously contribute to the Internal Control System periodic review and will provide support to both internal and external stakeholders. Further, you will collaborate in different treasury related projects and will contribute to the review of internal processes with a view of optimising such processes as much as possible.

Requirements: Bachelor in Finance, Economy or related field of study. Methodical with a good eye for details. Good analytical skills to assess and manage new risks, adapt existing controls and monitor the performance of existing ones. Capable of managing ad hoc urgent requests whenever necessary. Good communication and interpersonal skills. Proficient in English or French with a desirable knowledge of the other language.

VI-3 Occupational safety, risk assessment, safety in projects and safety verification​

Working in the Process Engineering and General Safety Services (PE) Section of the HSE Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Group, you will join a multidisciplinary team of Safety experts, covering several engineering domains.
The job covers aspects such as: occupational safety, risk assessment, safety in projects and safety verification. You will perform safety verification on infrastructures and activities; contribute to the continuous improvement of general safety verification services; provide support in safety audits, technical reviews and projects; check the conformity to safety requirements of engineering and tendering specifications.

Requirements: B.Eng degree in the field of safety engineering, or equivalent. Professional certification in the field of general safety is an asset. Safety conformity assessment: knowledge of Auditing and Certification; occupational safety and risk management: assessment of work place activities; occupational safety and risk management: knowledge of risk assessment techniques and tools applicable to complex infrastructure and facilities. Language requirements: French or English: spoken and written, with the ability to draw-up safety documentation, reports and articles and/or to make oral presentations. Knowledge in the other language, or the undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

Note that the functions require work in radiation areas, interventions in underground installations and a valid driving licence.
VI-4 Evaluation of Open Distro for Elasticsearch
The Elasticsearch service is currently using the free version of the Elasticsearch packages from Elastic. ACLs and several other features including authentication are not provided by this version, and are currently added by a combination of external plugins (ReadonlyRest) and Apache proxies. In addition, for newer versions licensing conditions have changed, and a different stream of packages has to be used. Recently, a free fork of Elasticsearch has been released, see This fork is entirely free, and comes with build-in security and many other features which seem to match our needs. The aim of this project is to check the status of this codeverify if it matches all our requirements; review the ACL schema in this version and test it; setup a test cluster using this version. This task may involve development and contributions to the upstream project. ​You will also contribute a few weeks to the Linux and Configuration Support Section Service Rota. Therefore, operational knowledge of services such as Linux Support and Configuration Management will be required. You will be required to follow the CERN Technical Training on-line courses in the Tools for IT Service Managers program.

Requirements: Computer science degree. Programming skills in JSbasic knowledge of ES is a plus.

VI-5 Investigate network isolation for batch jobs

​As part of the MultiONE studies, some potential approaches were identified to allow network traffic to be isolated per experiment allowing profiling of bandwidth and firewall rules. At the Tier-0, this would require changes to the batch environment and resource provisioning layers. The project would be to develop a prototype as part of a demonstrator, assess the production impact, validate deployment options at scale and investigate options for including the functionality into the upstream HTCondor tree. In this project you will learn about Software defined networking, Containers, Kubernetes, OpenStack clouds.

Requirements: Computer science degree. Knowledge of ​Linux operating system. Knowledge of Python and virtualisation technologies would be a plus.

VI-6 Evolution and consolidation of database services operational frameworks

​In the Databases group two different internal operational frameworks are currently in place to control the different group services (Apiato for the Database on Demand and the Nile services, and Syscontrol for the Oracle and Application server services). The objective of this project is to consolidate both frameworks into the lightweight REST Api Apiato, with a focus on integration with standard 3rd party standard components (Rundeck, OpenStack, Kubernetes) for actuators in order to reduce the amount of custom code maintained. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the team in the development and maintainance of software components critical to the group services, while acquiring experience in the global IT department technology stack (OpenStack, Puppet, Kubernetes, etc) while also learning operational procedures and skills for infrastructure management at a big scale.

Requirements: Computer science degree. Knowledge of Linux operating system. Python programming language desired. Familiarity with HTTP/REST ​API frameworks would be a plus.

VI-7 CERN Container Service Enhancements

​Usage of Kubernetes has grown impressively in the last two years at CERN, with multiple applications relying on the CERN Container service in production. Today the service has more than 400 clusters and 2000 nodes deployed. As most of the components are provided by upstream open source projects which include contributions from 100s of different companies and 1000s of individual contributors, CERN's focus has been on the integration with our storage, networking and identity systems. Examples of this include access to CVMFS and EOS storage systems, Keycloak and Active Directory, among many others. You will join the CERN Cloud team and work on further improvements needed to make sure the container-based infrastructure offers full integration with the CERN services. Specifically, you will follow the ongoing enhancements coming from the activities from migrations of commercial software, integrating and complementing any required integrations with the Kubernetes service.

Requirements: Computer science degree. Knowledge of Linux operating system. Python programming language desired.

VI-8 Implementation of a SQL abstraction layer on top of hadoop/big data services

​The interest in using Big Data solutions based on the Hadoop ecosystem is constantly growing in HEP community in particular for use cases related to data analytics and data warehousing. At the same time, OLTP databases continue to be critical parts of many systems, notably online acquisition systems that need to store and retrieve metadata and configurations in real-time (eg: Accelerator control). Many of these users currently have a traditional based database (eg: Oracle) for most their goal is to move these parts out to next-generation systems that allow them to scale-out so that they can profit more of their data. The objective is the implementation of an existing abstraction engine (Presto) evaluated in a previous step as production service. This layer would allow us to provide a long term service while reducing the risk of the very fast changing pace of these technologies. At the same time this layer allows to abstract and combine data from our big data services to more traditional relational databases profiting from the two types of services offered by the group.

​You will learn about big data technologies and building big data infrastructures, and contribute to make the transition from a pilot into a production service.

Requirements: Computer science degree. ​Basic knowledge of Linux and system administration. Knowledge on databases and SQL. Programming with Java and scripting languages.

VI-9 Kubernetes migration of applications managed by IT-DB

You will help migrating various applications to Kubernetes and run currently in IT-DB and not covered by use case of Java application servers . This concerns applications such as e-groups, Alumni, EAM light, EDMS5 and its backends. The task requires analysis of application architecture, components connectivity and translating the software into workable Kubernetes based service with deployment procedures, monitoring, version upgrades etc. You will learn about modern deployment framework like Kubernetes and gain experience with production environments, plan and perform application migrations, and interface with users.

Requirements: Computer science degree. Basic knowledge of Linux, Docker, programming with Python and scripting with bash.

VI-10 Project Manager - HVAC and sanitary
CERN HVAC & Electricity Section (HE), is in charge of the operation, maintenance, design, tendering and work phases of HVAC, Electrical and Sanitary installations of the CERN surface buildings.​ You will Perform feasibility studies or detailed designs of projects ventilation and air conditioning systems including sizing and cost estimates for the proposed solution; draw up technical specifications and all relevant documents that will be used to adjudicate the work load to external contractors; report periodically on activities, schedules, costs or other issues; ensure technical coordination of the work of contractors in charge of the maintenance and installation work, in compliance with contractual clauses and technical standards; ensure that the technical documentation is kept up-to-date and compliant with the quality standards, and provide relevant information to appropriate services accordingly; ensure the respect of safety rules and conditions for all interventions.

Requirements: Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience, in the field of mechanical engineering or a related field, preferably with a specialisation in industrial ventilation and hydraulics installations or equivalent. Skills required for this project: Thermal building load calculation; Design and construction of HVAC plants: industrial and tertiary ventilations, cooling water systems, or fluid distribution; Knowledge of LV network and switchboards would be an asset.


Human Resources - Data Analysis

​You will support a team of HR professionals and process experts:in collaboration with specialised services, perform HR data analysis using CERN database and Excel; report and present to various audiences;contribute to the collection, interpretation and presentation of data and practices in the area of compensation and benefits from outside organisations; contribute to the design and development of various HR projects and studies in the area of compensation & benefits or other employment conditions.

Requirements: Bachelor, Master Diploma in HR or Business administration. Drafting and writing of reports at professional level. Advanced Excel; databases; application of statistical methods a plus. Strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently work while working in a team. English and French: written and spoken.


Converter Control Electronics for Test & Commissioning Consolidated Systems and Interlock Functions

The power converter group has an extensive test validation platform to verify the correct functionality of electronic boards and also complete power electronics systems. Further, to assist with the validation of the controls platforms at the system level, a real-time emulator is used to reproduce the behaviour of the large power components (also known as Hardware in the Loop emulators - HIL). These platforms are used to check that new products are correctly assembled during manufacture, that sophisticated functionalities such as correct closed loop control of a magnet current in an accelerator environment are operating correctly, or also correct generation of interlock conditions for the machine protection system are produced.
You will contribute to the design, development and implementation of such test systems. The scope of the work can be adapted to your skills and learning goals. Typically, work consists of a research phase, a hardware design phase (this can include schematic capture, printed board design using Altium Designer, and prototype fabrication) and a software design phase (coding using python and C, and JTAG and National Instruments tools). Test development and the execution of test processes are made in collaboration with many colleagues within the power converter group.

You will be part of the converter controls electronics team, working on electronics and programmable electronics development. Notably you will contribute to the design, development and implementation of generic and re-useable electronic chassis test stands, and other generic bed-of-nails platforms; work on the critical interlock functions of the power converter, and work with experts to ensure the in-field deployment matches specifications; gather information regarding converter controls hardware which needs testing; write tester requirements and detail expected performance of the test equipment; develop Test Control Card schematics and hardware.Implement functional requirements in programmable logic; implement functional requirements in C, C++, or similar; prove tester functionality meets expectations by testing in laboratory conditions.Write test procedures; collaborate with the rest of the group in the development coherent approaches; build the key skills for engineering in a team, working to common goals, in a leading engineering establishment.

Requirements: Recent graduate in computer science or electronic engineering, with an emphasis on low-level hardware / software with a keen interest in the following areas:hardware development (Altium Designer)Embedded software (C, C++ or similar variant)Programmable Logic / Microprocessors (PIC/ FPGA / VHDL etc.). Experience of working in a team and working on documentation would be an advantage (it is not necessary to have industrial experience).

Development of PLC software and test stands for converter controls
You will join the Converter Controls Software section of the Electrical Power Converter Group responsible for the development and support of power converter control and interlock software. 600 of the smallest power converters at CERN are controlled with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) while some of the biggest and most powerful power converter systems and Static Var Compensators (SVC) are managed and protected by distributed PLC systems and remotely operated with SCADA applications (based on WinCC-OA).
The current version of the software (called PowPLC) which controls the small power converters is becoming difficult to maintain. Standard CERN frameworks are not used and the software and hardware platforms will be obsolete in the next years. You will contribute to the re-design, development, testing and commissioning of the new PLC software using the CERN standard framework for industrial control applications (UNICOS). As part of the project, a test bench shall be implemented integrating automated testing tools validating the PLC logic functions. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the implementation of a PLC based application concerning the HL-LHC circuit disconnectors boxes.
Become part of the industrial controls team in the converter controls software section, working with state-of-the art Siemens PLCs (S7-1500), automation engineering tools and frameworks (TIA portal with UNICOS framework), and advanced SCADA applications (WinCC-OA). Contribute to the design, development, testing and commissioning of complex industrial controls applications. In addition to your PLC developer functions, you will also be part of a young team of software developers where you will be able to use and learn the most modern software engineering tools (GIT, JIRA, Python, embedded platforms).
Besides the technical knowledge and experience, you will build skills for working in cooperation with international and multidisciplinary teams across CERN departments.
Requirements: Degree in electrical or automation engineering, computer science or similar, with an interest in automation technologies and software. The desired skills are: PLC programming (Siemens PLCs, TIA portal); software development with Python and GIT; configuration of industrial digital electronics and industrial fieldbuses (Profinet, Profibus, Modbus)Linux OSSome working experience in a team would be an advantage.
Surface treatment developments for FCC
You will join the Surface Coatings and Chemistry section in the Vacuum Surface and Coatings group. Within this section and in the frame of the Future Circular Collider study, you will join the surface finishing service in order to characterise and develop chemical and electrochemical polishing processes, which are an essential and demanding step for the production of superconducting cavities. The project concerns:Development of surface treatments for 400MHz copper cavities to optimize the performance of the superconducting coatings;The processing of cavities and evaluation of the results: removed thickness and surface appearance and morphology; optimisation steps through revaluation of existing or new models built with COMSOL®.
You will learn/develop skills and knowledge in simulation of complex transport problems, involving fluid movements, electrical fields, and temperature and concentration gradients; state-of-the-art knowledge and practice on chemical and electro polishing processes, including a large set of surface treatments with application in a large range of research and industrial activities; surface and microstructural characterisation of metals by several techniques; behaviour of metals in radio-frequency electromagnetic fields.
Requirements: Degree in Chemical/Hydraulics & Energy/Material Engineering: Electrochemistry/Surface finishing.
VI-15 HL-LHC beam vacuum system quality assurance and production follow-up

In the framework of the design of the vacuum system for the HL-LHC, the CERN Vacuum, Surface and Coating group is looking for an Engineer or a Mechanical Engineer. You will mainly participate to the procurement of the cryogenic vacuum system and he will also perform mechanical and vacuum engineering studies. In particular, you will contribute to the production follow-up of HL-LHC components for cryogenic vacuum system: cold warm transitions, interconnections, beam screens extremities; writing procedures and data inputs for the QA database; support thermal mechanical FE studies and CAD. You will benefit from training in vacuum and surface technologies: leak detection, outgassing of materials, surface treatment and coating. You will also use project management tools to define and follow the manufacturing schedule, and learn the mechanical design for UHV and cryogenic applications.

Requirements: Degree in Mechanical Engineering,Aeronautical Engineering or Quality Assurance Engineering.

VI-16 Mechanical design for HL-LHC vacuum system in collimator areas

​In the framework of the design of the vacuum system for the HL-LHC, the CERN Vacuum, Surface and Coating group is looking for an Engineer or a Mechanical Engineer. You will perform mechanical and vacuum engineering studies related to the design, conception, simulation, integration, and procurement of vacuum systems. He will focus his work for the design, production and reception of the vacuum system related to the collimator zones for HL-LHC IP1 and IP5.

You will join vacuum team in charge of the vacuum system to design of the remote handling tooling for vacuum connections in the collimator zones of IP1 & IP5 of LHC; organise the fabrication of the vacuum remote handling tooling; define and participate to the qualification tests of the components; follow the test-stand installation; define, produce and keep up to date the quality assurance documentation for these components.

​You will gain knowledge in UHV technology, in particular the mechanical design for UHV applications and also acquire project management skills.

Requirements: Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering or Quality Assurance Engineering.

Tools for efficient commissioning and operation of LHC magnet circuits in Run3
The Machine Protection Software section (MS) is part of the Machine Protection and Electrical Integrity Group within CERN's Technology Department, and is responsible for a wide range of software components and frameworks for the commissioning and operation of equipment protection systems of the Large Hadron collider and its injector complex. Efficient and harmonised tools are an important asset for operation crews as well as equipment experts and stand-by services for the commissioning and later operation of the complex powering system for the superconducting magnets of the LHC.This allows to minimise commissioning and intervention times through increased automation as well as remote interventions.
The aim of the project is two-fold: design and implementation a new AccTesting GUI that will allow for the integration of further commissioning test plans and harmonises the interaction with legacy analysis tools such as the LabView based Post Mortem Event Analyzer. The second objective concerns the implementation of configuration and sanity checks as vital tools for interventions of the stand-by service on the magnet protection system. These tools are to be based on existing CERN monitoring frameworks to reduce the complexity and maintenance needs of existing legacy tools.
We are a dynamic team of software engineers with a broad skillset (Java, C++, Object Oriented design, Spring, Reactive Streams, JavaFX, LabView..), which practices Scrum and works closely with equipment experts, the operation crews and CERN's controls and IT groups. Within this team, you will participate to the machine re-start and first years of operation, working hand-in-hand with operation and expert teams and will assume the responsibility for:Definition and development of a new AccTesting GUIHarmonisation and improved integration of communication and execution of LV based commissioning tools such as the Pm Event Analyser and e.g. automatic Quench Heater analysis modules, development of additional configuration and sanity checks on critical magnet protection hardware.
Requirements: Bachelor, Master, or PhD Diploma in Computing or a related field. Skills required for this project: Java and Spring, Reactive Programming. Ability to work in a team, to participate in design discussions. Scrum and Python are a plus.
VI-18 Design of modifications to the existing LHC cryogenic distribution line and superconducting links
The existing cryogenic distribution line and four of the superconducting links of the LHC have to be modified to allow the connection of new equipment for the High Luminosity LHC project.
You will perform the detailed study and design of the mechanical and cryogenic aspects of these modifications, with the objective to define the technical specifications for their implementation.
You will join the engineering team of the cryogenics group, learning the technologies and methods covering the design of large cryogenic systems; these include, among others, mechanical and thermal analysis and design, material selection, instrumentation and fluid flow calculations. You will also learn how to prepare the technical specifications and the documents necessary for the production and procurement of complex technological equipment.
Requirements: Degree in mechanical engineering.
AWAKE facility: run 2 engineering studies (
Work in the heart of the laboratory's core business: take part! AWAKE is the world's first proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment. Besides demonstrating how protons can be used to generate wakefields, AWAKE will also develop the necessary technologies for long-term, proton-driven plasma acceleration projects. AWAKE explores the use of plasma to accelerate particles to high energies over short distances by means of a dedicated proton beam line and its associated experimental area of the CERN SPS complex. After a successful run1, the Awake Collaboration has started a study for preparing the second phase of the experiment. In this context, the VIA will join the AWAKE team in charge of "integration, installation and infrastructure".

You will participate in the study for preparing the dismantling of the CNGS facility in order to make space for AWAKE. This requires project management and analytical skills in order to establish a deconstruction plan while complying with very strict safety rules. In addition, this involves interaction with CERN technical groups and CERN safety units. As a junior run 2 engineering studies, you will: learn the most recent technologies applied to beam line components and associated infrastructure (Collimator, Plasma cell, Laser, electron beam, beam stoppers, vacuum, control systems, alarms and safety systems, remote handling, cooling and ventilation, electricity); integrate complex systems to respect today's norms and best practices for radiation protection, standardize beam line & detector; develop Safety & Project and Quality management skills.

Requirements: Masters degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent. Knowledge of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques and procedures on equipment and infrastructure design, construction, commissioning & operation. Knowledge of engineering and safety requirements in particle accelerators and experimental areas is an asset.

VI-20 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.
Requirements: Master's degree 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.
CAD / PLM application support engineer
​The CERN CAD service provides mechanical CAD software and corresponding data management system plus dedicated tools for the CERN design and engineering community.
CERN's official CAD tool is CATIA V5 with the Enovia SmarTeam as the Product Data Management system (PDM). CATIA V5 is a powerful 3D CAD tool that in addition to mechanical design, provides a large number of trade-specific software modules such as kinematic, piping, sheet metal design and digital mock-up.
The assigned tasks would comprise helping users with methods to increase quality of their legacy data to meet new standards. In addition to the daily support tasks, this job would also include studying specific needs and propose methodologies not limited to mechanical design but also systems routing, building management and integration. This requires extensive use of CATIA and its local design data management system SmarTeam. The job will also include participation in the development activities of CERN specific tools and customisations, such as writing technical specifications, testing and writing user guides.
Moreover, SmarTeam will be superseded in the near future and new tools and methods will need to be put in place by the team in the coming years.
This is a challenging opportunity to gain experience in how to use, support and adapt methodologies of a leading 3D CAD tool with its data manager in a large international collaboration. You will also learn about support methodology and will have the chance of seeing the specific needs of many disciplines of mechanical engineering.
Requirements: ​Basic knowledge of 3D CAD and mechanical engineering is therefore a must as well as practical experience of using CATIA V5. Knowledge of data management is a plus. CAD design; support methodology; data management; software testing. Working knowledge of French is an asset.
Design and construction of a read-out electronics for the Beam Position Measurement system of the Hollow Electron Lens for the High Luminosity LHC
The Beam Instrumentation Group is responsible for designing, building and maintaining the instruments that allow observation, monitoring and characterisation of the particle beams in all CERN accelerators. It is also engaged in research and development to explore new avenues to meet the challenges associated with future accelerators, helping to boost their performance and to improve their beam quality. The range of activities undertaken by the Group include: electromagnetic, gaseous, optical and semiconductor detector design; custom built analogue, digital and radio frequency electronics; software development and data analytics; mechanical and vacuum engineering; electromagnetic simulation; modeling particle interaction with matter; the design of electron beam devices.
In this project you will design a read-out electronics capable of measuring the position of an electron beam in the presence of the high intensity LHC proton beam; build a prototype of this electronics; characterise the prototype in the laboratory; test the prototype with beam on the electron beam test stand.
Requirements: ​Bachelor or Master Diploma in electronics engineering. Knowledge of radio frequency, analogue, and mixed signal processing. Hands-on measurement experience with signal generators, oscilloscopes, network-analyser, etc.Experience with electronic circuit simulation software (e.g. Spice). Knowledge of PCB layout software.
Arts-Science exhibition curation​
The education, communications and outreach group works to increase awareness of and foster support for CERN and its activities, and to promote the interaction of citizens with fundamental research. The group covers several areas, namely strategic communications (including visual identity), press and media relations, online communications (including social media), exhibitions and outreach (including public events), teacher and student programmes and visits (including virtual visits).
In this project you will participate in the curation of the Future Universe section of Science Gateway (working with the head of exhibitions, the coordinator of CERN's artist in residence programme and the exhibition scenographer); the management of CERN's heritage object collection and loans programme; liaise with external museums developing material for exhibitions about CERN. &
Requirements: Master Diploma in museum studies. Additional qualifications in Cultural heritage management and archiving would be an advantage. Skills required for this project: Excellent written and spoken English and an undertaking to gain a working knowledge of French. Ability to work autonomously in a well organised, structured way. Experience of content production for exhibitions in an arts-science context, archiving and cataloguing and also experience working with artists, including cultural mediation for museums. Excellent communication skills.
Junior Communication and Marketing Officer

We are seeking a Junior Communication & Marketing Officer to join CERN's Knowledge Transfer group, reporting to the Communication & Marketing Officer. The main stakeholders include: industry (multinationals, SMEs, the entrepreneurship community), policy makers, the CERN community and the general public. The activities relate to current projects described on You will, notably:

  • Assist the CERN Knowledge Transfer group's Communication & Marketing Officer in their activities.
  • Lead the different stages of communication projects of the CERN Knowledge Transfer group, geared towards industry and external/internal stakeholders.
  • Create and update communication and marketing material, as agreed with the Communication & Marketing Officer: presentations, slides, websites, newsletters, posters, social media campaigns, brochures, audio-visual material, editing and proof-reading;
  • Science and technology writing (news items, articles);
  • Collect technical information on CERN technology projects, and on the Knowledge Transfer group activities, e.g.: Business Incubation Centres, patents, licensing, links with industry, entrepreneurial support, startups related to CERN technology and CERN technology R&D;
  • Contribute to the evaluation and monitoring of the CERN Knowledge Transfer communication and marketing activities, including monthly, quarterly and project reports;
  • Share resources and assist with other communication and marketing activities in the IPT department.

For further inquiries, please feel free to contact

Through this project, you will learn more about Knowledge Transfer activities and tools at the laboratory where the world-wide web was invented, and how CERN uses them to maximise its positive impact on society; learn about technology developed at CERN, from the fields of accelerators, detectors, digital sciences, and more; learn about the applications of CERN technology, in the field of medtech, biotech, aerospace applications, sustainability and more; liaise and expand your network with experts in science, technology, industry and science communication.

Requirements: Interest in technology, science, knowledge transfer and innovation management. Experience in communication and/or marketing related to science, technology, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial activities and innovation management. Strong motivation to work in communication and marketing. Must be proficient in English, proficiency in French is also an advantage. A degree in one or more of the following fields: science; engineering; communication; marketing; business.

VI-25 CERN Control and Monitoring Platform

The Tools and Infrastructure section of the BE-ICS group is in charge of more than 50 different applications and services. You will be challenged working in parallel on different Java projects of the section, following agile methodologies. One of the main projects is the CERN Control and Monitoring Platform (C2MON:, which is an Open Source framework to build services for monitoring large industrial sites.

Requirements: The position requires good experience in working with bigger Java and Spring projects as well as good self-managing skills to deliver the assigned working tasks in a timely manner. Experience in the domain of industrial process control is an asset. You will join a section of young and motivated Java, DB and Web developers, and will have the chance to work with modern tools and technologies.

VI-26 Electronic design optimization and prototyping of a high precision current source for instrumentation applications, the CERN current calibrator.

The CERN current calibrator is a CERN designed high precision current source used for the calibration of current measurement devices for CERN power converters. This project proposes to completely review the existing design and propose a new one in order to improve the instrument's performance. This includes:

  • Completing the existing simulation model for both the electronic and magnetic components
  • Propose and implement improvement to the existing circuits including replacement of obsolete components but also schematic and layout modifications if deemed necessary to improve performance
  • Propose and implement improvements to the cabling and inter circuit connection for better EMC
  • Propose and implement new layouts for the PCBs in collaboration with the CERN design office
  • Propose and implement new thermal and mechanical configuration for the CDC aiming at ΔT reduction on the most critical circuits
  • Build and validate a prototype.

You will work as an electronics engineer in the Power Converter group, High Precision Measurement section, on the simulation, design and prototyping of analogue electronics for high precision electrical instrumentation. The HPM section has a long expertise in electrical measurements, instrumentation and data acquisition. You will be working in a team in close collaboration with one of HPM's experts. The work would involve the use of electronics simulation and design tools, high precision instrumentation, and the production of a prototype. In all these activities you will have the support and on the job training provided by more experienced colleagues and experts from the HPM section.

Requirements: Master's degree in Electronics/Electrical engineering. Good knowledge in analogue electronics. Good knowledge in measurement electronics and instrumentation.,Experience with electronics simulation using Spice (in particular LTSpice).,Experience with electronics schematic design tools (in particular Altium). Knowledge of magnetic materials and transformer theory.