Electronics engineer or Physicist for DAQ development and detector testing

Geneva, Switzerland
27 Oct 2022
23 Jan 2023

Company Description

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Job Description

The CERN Experimental Physics department pursues a strategic R&D program (EP R&D) on technologies for future experiments, which includes an extensive development program for advanced silicon pixel detectors.

The candidate will contribute to silicon-pixel detector R&D by designing, deploying, and maintaining advanced FPGA-based data-acquisition systems for the next generation of monolithic pixel-detector prototypes.

He or she will further develop the Caribou modular DAQ hardware and software framework, to provide re-useable readout systems supporting a variety of test chips.

The candidate will work in close collaboration both with the microelectronics design team and with the groups involved in the performance characterization of the sensor test assemblies.

He or she will also participate in laboratory measurements and particle test beams and in the operation and upgrade of the related testing infrastructure.

More information about the EP R&D programme can be found on the project web site: https://ep-rnd.web.cern.ch/


Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have a Master’s degree and between 2 and 6 years’ experience or PhD with up to 3 years of relevant experience in electronics engineering or applied physics or other related field;
  • You should have a working knowledge of English or French.

Skills and/or knowledge:

  • FPGA programming.
  • Experience with silicon detector technology would be an advantage.

Additional Information:

What we offer:

  • An employment contract of in principle 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months;
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A monthly stipend ranging between 6050 and 6650 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.

How to Apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A CV;
  • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification;
  • We recommend to add two recent letters of recommendation, giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. 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.

The earliest expected start date for selected candidates is May 2023.

Ready to take part? Then please submit your application by 23 January 2023 at  midnight (12.00 AM CEST).