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Chemist for chemical characterization of materials and surfaces


Meyrin, 1217
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As a  Material Science/Chemical Engineer or Chemist in the TE-VSC-SCC Section, you will:


  • Perform material analysis in the chemistry laboratory at CERN, give advice on the best techniques to be applied and contribute to the improvement of the equipment and methods.
  • Take the opportunity to join and promote R&D projects related to chemistry in the domain of accelerator technology, as for instance qualifying new appropriate gases/liquids for electronics refrigeration, improving radiation resistance of organic materials, monitoring cleanliness of ultra-high-vacuum systems.
  • Collaborate with the surface finishing team for the chemical analyses related to quality control and developments.
  • Get the support from the teams in charge of other CERN facilities, as the surface analysis, the electron microscopy and metallurgy team.
  • Interact with the CERN collaborators to provide guidance in chemistry related matter.
  • Have the possibility in the future to coach technical students and PhD students.
  • Stimulate the collaborations with external institutes to access techniques, which are not available at CERN.
  • Document the work in scientific and technical reports or publications.


Qualification required

PhD in Chemistry or MSc with equivalent experience.


Experience and competencies

 The experience required for this post is:


  • Proven experience of chemical analytical methods applied to organic and inorganic compounds, gases, liquids and solids by FTIR, GC-MS, ICP-OES, DSC, XRF and classical wet chemistry methods.
  • Proven experience in analysis instrumentation as advanced user.
  • Proven experience in leading scientific projects or technological developments.
  • Industrial experience or equivalent experience in research institute would be an advantage.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Knowledge of organic materials and polymers.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Working in teams: works well in groups and readily fits into a team; participates fully and takes an active role in team activities.
  • Communicating effectively: provides others with timely information.
  • Achieving results: has a structured and organised approach towards work; is able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: shares knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaches others to ensure knowledge transfer. Keeps up-to-date with developments in own field of expertise and readily absorbs new information.


The language competencies required are:


  • Good knowledge of English is required; ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations.
  • Basic knowledge of French or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.