Mechanical Engineer for High Field Superconducting Magnets

Geneva, Switzerland
27 Oct 2022
23 Jan 2023

Company Description

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Job Description

Are you an engineer or an applied scientist who wants to work in the challenging field of superconducting magnet R&D? As part of this job, you will contribute to the development of the next generation of Nb3Sn magnets.

In collaboration with the team project engineers you will design and follow the production of tools and components to manufacture the superconducting coils of the so called ‘12 T robust’ prototype. This project aims to define the upper limit magnetic field that can be reached with a cosθ configuration winding.

Then you will simulate with magnetic and mechanical computations the behaviour of the support structure.

You will take part as well to the definition of construction drawings, procurement of components,  assembly of both instrumented mock-ups and the final dipole.

The work will take place in a young and dynamic team and will be part of the High Field Magnet Program:


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 design and manufacturing of high precision mechanical components or other related field;
  • You should have a working knowledge of English or French.

Skills and/or knowledge:

  • FEM modelling knowledge.
  • Ability to integrate in a team.
  • Experience in construction of precise mechanical components is an asset.

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). 

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