Mechanical Technician for Beam Instrumentation (TTE Programme)

LocationGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

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Mechanical Technician for Beam Instrumentation (TTE Programme)

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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

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Are you a technician looking for a challenging professional experience to further your career?  If so, joining CERN’s TTE programme may very well give you that challenge.  This position as a Mechanical Technician for Beam Instrumentation is part of our prestigious TTE programme. 

The Mechanical and Logistics Section in the Beam Instrumentation group of the Beams department (BE-BI-ML) is responsible for the mechanical design, manufacture, installation, maintenance and logistics of beam instrumentation equipment for the whole CERN accelerator complex.

To complete our team, we offer the position of a TTE fellowship for the assembly and maintenance of various beam instruments. The first activity will be focused on the so-called wire scanners. This is an instrument to measure the beam profile.


  • Work as a technician in the mechanics workshop
  • Make assembly of beam instruments working in a Ultra-High Vacuum environment
  • Perform preventive maintenance according to the instrument specific requirements
  • Install, inspect and maintain beam instruments in the CERN accelerator tunnels
  • Conduct inspections and tests of mechanical parts upon arrival at CERN
  • Participate in the logistics including store and asset management

In order to qualify for this place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member State or Associate Member State (;
  • You have a Technical Diploma in mechanics, machining, design or equivalent or equivalent (, and no more than 4 years' relevant experience after finishing your diploma;
  • If you are currently studying, you are still eligible to apply, although you are expected to have obtained your qualification by the start of your appointment at CERN;
  • If you hold a BSc or MSc, you are not eligible. However, you may be eligible for the Fellowship Programme.
  • You should have at least a working knowledge of English or French.
  •  Good teamworking abilities.

  • Knowledge of mechanical measurements and 3D drawing software would be an asset but not mandatory 


Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion.  In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract of one year, renewable for a second year; 
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A take-home pay of 3,500 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: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva;
  • 2,5 days of paid leave per month.

This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A scanned copy of your latest relevant qualification;
  • At least one reference letter (from a professor or previous employer) giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. This should be as broad as possible.
    • You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.

All applications should normally reach us no later than 31.08.2018.

Please make sure you have all the documents requested to hand as you start your application. Once submitted you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application.

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