Operational Radiation Protection Technician (TTE Programme)

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WorkplaceGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

Company Description

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.

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

Job Description

Are you an enthusiastic  technician looking for a challenging professional experience to further your career?  If so, joining CERN’s TTE programme may very well give you that challenge.  

You will join the HSE Departement and more specifically the Radiation Protection  group who is in charge of all radiation protection aspects related to the design and operation of accelerators and experimental areas at CERN.

The project will allow you to become familiar with the instrumentation used for operational radiation protection (induced activity, stray radiation, contamination), become knowledgeable of all radiation protection aspects related to the operation of accelerators and in particular the implementation of the ALARA principle in the preparation and follow-up of activities. Another aspect of the project is the radiation protection follow-up of activities in buildings and other facilities linked to accelerator complex.



You will support the team activities by performing radiation survey measurements on the PS-Complex and by taking part in the ALARA preparation and follow-up of various activities in radiation areas (including radioactive workshops and storages for radioactive material).

The project will start during the physics RUN 2021 and will continue during the YETS 2021-2022 and will be dedicated to RP follow up on dedicated facilities of the complex.

The daily follow-up of a specific device dedicated to radiological truck controls (METRUM) will be included as a side project.


In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member State or Associate Member State (https://home.cern/about/member-states);
  • You have a Technical Diploma in Radiation protection or equivalent, and no more than 4 years' relevant experience after finishing your diploma;
  • If you are currently studying, you are still eligible to apply, although you are expected to have obtained your qualification by the start of your appointment at CERN;
  • If you hold a BSc or MSc, you are not eligible. However you may be eligible for the Fellowship Programme.
  • You should have at least a working knowledge of English or French.

Specific skills required for this job:

  • Comprehensive use of RP instruments;
  • Knowledge in Radiation Hazards and ALARA approach;
  • Ability to write reports;
  • Work in team and flexibility.

Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion.  In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract of one year, renewable for a second year; 
  • On-the-job and formal training (in the design and implementation of electrical systems) at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A monthly stipend of 4585 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: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva;
  • 2,5 days of paid leave per month.


Your future Life CERN

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This is how you can apply. Here are few tips to start you off:

  • Be as specific as possible in the application fields "Education" and "Experience".
  • We recommend you prepare your answers in Word or Notepad in advance, as once you start completing the application on Smartrecruiters, you have a limited time to submit it.
  • If you apply to more than one job, you will need to upload the documents for each application you submit.

Required documentation:

You will need the following documents, clearly labelled (e.g. "CV", "Motivation letter", "Academic transcript", etc.) and in PDF format  to complete your application:

  • A CV;
  • A scanned copy of your latest relevant qualification;
  • One reference letter (from a professor or previous employer) giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. This should be as broad as possible.

You may upload the reference letter yourself, whilst submitting your application, or through your referee via the link you will receive shortly after submitting your application.

All applications should normally reach us no later than 31.05.2021

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