Quality and Production Engineer for the High Luminosity LHC project

Geneva, Switzerland
a monthly stipend ranging between 6050 and 6650 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax);
Closing date
16 Feb 2023

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Job Description

The High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) project is one of CERNs top priority for the coming decade, aiming at an upgrade of the current LHC (Large Hadron Collider) machine to maintain scientific progress and exploit the full capacity of the flagship project of the particle accelerator community. By increasing its peak luminosity as of 2029 by a factor of five beyond its initial design value, it will allow collecting a ten times larger set of physics data than during the exploitation period of the nominal LHC. To this aim, HL-LHC is exploring new beam configurations and novel technologies in the domain of superconductivity, radiofrequency, cryogenics, radiation tolerant materials, electronics, and remote handling (https://hilumilhc.web.cern.ch).

The HL-LHC project office coordinates the technical progress and the project baseline through the Technical Coordination Committee (TCC). The HL-LHC Integration team complements the work of the TCC by analysing and validating in close conjunction with the accelerator coordination and engineering teams the compatibility of the individual HL-LHC components in terms of interfaces and installation sequence in the tunnel areas. the project team also includes a dedicated Procurement, Quality, and Risk office to ensure the installation and endorsement of a strict quality assurance throughout the project and the preparation of industrial contracts. As part of the HL-LHC Procurement, Baseline Documentation, Quality and Risk Office, you will support and guide the members of the project (CERN and external collaborators, including Contractors) on the fulfilment of the HL-LHC Quality plan.

More specifically, you will assume responsibilities within:

  • Quality follow-up of the activities of Collaborations and Contractors during the production phase, together with the Work Package Engineers;
  • Definition of requirements and changes (Baseline Change Requests);
  • Control of requirements (Deviations, Nonconformities);
  • Traceability of requirements (Documentation and records);
  • Continuous improvement (Corrective, preventive actions, and audits);
  • Assets management;
  • Training on CERN Tools (EDMS, MTF, InforEAM, etc.);
  • Procurement Plan of the Project and KPIs;
  • Risk register and monitoring.


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 EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) or other related field;
  • You should have a working knowledge of English or French.

Skills and/or knowledge:

  • Ease with team work, as well as theoretical but also very practical work in order to be able to support the HL-LHC members on their daily duties;
  • Knowledge of quality processes and standards applicable to electro-mechanical production including procedures and measurements;
  • Experience with industrial contracts/collaborations follow-up from production and/or quality side, for electro-mechanical components, dealing with contractors and/or collaborations;
  • Data analysis, preparation of KPIs and assessment;
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office for project management purposes.

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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Geneva, Switzerland

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2500+ staff members; several hundred on graduate and student programmes

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