Specialist in Electronics Systems for Particle Detectors (EP-CMX-DA-2018-73-LD)

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Specialist in Electronics Systems for Particle Detectors (EP-CMX-DA-2018-73-LD)

  • Geneva, Switzerland

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 http://home.cern.


You will join:

  • The CERN Experimental Physics (EP) Department to work in the CMS Experiment Systems Group (CMX). The Experimental Physics (EP) Department carries out basic research in the field of experimental particle physics in a stimulating scientific atmosphere, standing as an important reference for the European physics community. It also contributes to the education and training of young scientists.
  • The CMS Experiment is one of the four large experiments of the LHC at CERN. The CMX Group is responsible for ensuring high performance of the present CMS Detector and its infrastructure and also for the design and realization of the upgrades of the Detector, needed to exploit the maximum physics potential of CMS during the future High Luminosity operation of the LHC. The CMS Detector Applications Section (DA) contributes directly to several CMS sub-detectors, sharing knowledge across projects.
  • The CERN team is leading the system integration of the future tracker, testing and qualifying successive generations of readout ASICs and electronic circuits’ prototypes, assembled in progressively more realistic prototype systems. As Specialist in Electronics Systems for Particle Detectors, you will play a key role in the development of the Phase-2 CMS Tracker Upgrade.


As part of an initial phase, you will:

  • Lead the optimization and validation of the Inner Tracker electronics system, which relies on a novel serial-powering scheme, an unprecedented approach for a large-scale particle detector.
  • Plan and coordinate tests in laboratories and in particle beams, supervising the development of the required firmware and software, and you will be responsible for the Tracker Upgrade detector laboratories at CERN.
  • Collaborate closely with ASIC designers to integrate system test results in the optimization of the final version of the Inner Tracker readout ASIC.  

Following this initial phase, you will:

  • Contribute to the development of the final Data Acquisition System and calibration procedures of the Tracker, evolving from the system test developments and experience.
  • Play a leading role in the R&D for the integration of novel electronics technologies in future detector designs, compatibly with the priorities of the Tracker construction.

In all those activities, you will supervise CERN fellows and students and coordinate the activities of teams of scientists in the collaborating Institutes.

PhD degree in the field of applied physics, electrical engineering, electronics engineering or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in developing and testing electronics systems for solid-state particle detectors.
  • Experience in working with back-end electronics and real-time data acquisition.
  • Experience in software and/or firmware development.
  • Initial experience in supervising students and coordinating activities in a distributed collaboration.

Technical competencies:

  • Simulation, design, development, assembly, integration, testing and validation of particle detectors.
  • Knowledge and application of instrumentation and measurement techniques: (static and dynamic characteristics using lab equipment and/or computer controlled systems).
  • Knowledge and application of electromagnetic compatibility, interference and susceptibility: (grounding, shielding, noise studies).
  • Knowledge of programming techniques and languages: (C++ programming and python/shell scripting for DAQ developments and software for experimental setups).
  • Simulation of radiation environments: (assessment of radiation tolerance requirements for validation of components and systems).

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving results: having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them.
  • Working in teams: contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English: ability to draw-up technical specifications and scientific reports and to make oral presentations.
  • Ability to understand and speak French in professional context or willingness to acquire it would be an advantage.

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. (https://careers.cern/content/member-states).

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 22.07.2018.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • 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-CMX-DA-2018-73-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Applied Physicist

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