Electronics Engineer

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Job description

Are you an energetic and service-oriented engineer experienced in electronics, willing to contribute to the success of CERN’s High Energy Physics experiments? We are seeking to consolidate the team of engineers providing technical support and consultancy to the users of our unique set of radiation-tolerant link systems. Join our crew and become a key expert for the high energy physics community around the world. CERN, take part! 


You will join the Electronic Systems for Experiments Group (ESE) of the Experimental Physics Department (EP), which designs, implements and tests electronic systems (including radiation-tolerant ASICs and opto-electronic devices), for the experiments at CERN and also provides a series of related services. The Back-End section (BE) develops optical links and modular electronics for the readout and control of the CERN experiments. You will provide the front-line user support for these ESE projects (Versatile Link and Versatile Link Plus, GBTx and lpGBT) and their ecosystems.

As a field application electronics engineer in the Back-End section of the ESE group, you will:

  • Provide expert consultancy and technical support for the many users of the radiation hard optical link components in the LHC experiment and machine communities. This will cover all components of the links, from ASICs to opto-electronic devices.
  • Design, produce and distribute reference boards implementing these components.
  • Perform complex tests and characterization campaigns on these devices and systems.
  • Participate in reviews of user designs implementing these devices.
  • Implement test systems involving high-end equipment.


Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of electronics engineering or a related field.


The experience required for this post is:

  • Extensive experience in user support with a service-oriented approach.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of users forums, collaboration platforms, and documentation tools (Discourse, Jira, GitLab…).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the implementation, characterization, and operation of high speed (optical) serial links.
  • Demonstrated experience with software scripting languages for hardware and instrument control and for measurement analysis (e.g. Python, tcl).
  • Demonstrated experience of relevant laboratory instrumentation (e.g. high speed oscilloscopes, power supplies, climatic chambers, optical attenuators...).
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and layout of PCBs including BGAs and high-speed transmission links.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge and application of instrumentation and measurement techniques.
  • Programming/Software development (Python, tcl, Openshift, Gitlab).
  • Design, layout and production of electronic circuit boards.
  • Testing and measurement of optoelectronic systems.
  • Knowledge and application of quality and reliability assurance techniques in electronics.
  • Knowledge and application of signal integrity techniques.
  • Design of electronics based on field programmable logic-based devices (FPGA).

Behavioural competencies:

  • Learning and sharing knowledge: sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer.
  • Learning from own successes and failures; being receptive to others' ideas and building on them.
  • Managing self: demonstrating a receptive approach to feedback; being open to criticism and reconsidering position accordingly maintaining a positive outlook even in difficult situations; demonstrating resilience and persistence in response to setbacks and adversity; working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.
  • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented; listening actively to others and letting others speak.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements, being willing to work on different projects simultaneously; readily accepting new tasks or work/projects.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships, cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
  • Solving problems: seeking and integrating other points of view when tackling an issue; consulting experts in the field and undertaking benchmarking.

Language skills:

  • English: spoken and written English with the ability to understand and speak French in routine situations.

Additional informations:

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. 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 14.02.2022 at noon.

Employment Conditions:

Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: EP-ESE-BE-2022-2-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Electronics Engineer

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