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Electrical Engineer (DC power cabling)

CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research

Meyrin, 1217
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As an Electrical Engineer, you will actively contribute to the continuous extension, consolidation and maintenance of CERN's DC-power cabling installations constituting the infrastructure for the major magnet powering systems of the various accelerators.  This includes taking part of CERN's current leading project: the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) Project.


You will:

  • Take responsibility for Direct Current (DC) cabling projects, including both air-cooled and water-cooled power cables.
  • Carry out DC-cable design according to the requirements for the DC-circuits in the accelerators.
  • Draw-up technical specifications and manage industrial supply and installation contracts.
  • Define cabling components, installation methodologies, testing procedures, naming conventions, and database strategies for data organisation.
  • Organize DC-power cabling campaigns on the CERN site, requiring close and frequent on-site interactions with contractors and CERN users from other groups/departments.
  • Prepare statistics and forecasting, and follow-up project costs and financial plans.
  • Work closely with support technicians and will be expected to take on the management of an "activity cell" and some limited supervisory functions
  • Coordinate and train a team of technicians contributing in large DC-cabling projects, as required.
  • Contribute in similar activities for Alternating Current (AC) and signal cabling, including fibre optics, as required.


Qualification required

Master's degree in the field of electrical engineering, or equivalent.


The experience required for this post is:

  • Demonstrated experience in the field of electrical power distribution cabling.
  • Practical experience in cable installation and testing.
  • Proven experience in dealing with contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Experience in water-cooled cables would be an asset.
  • Project management experience.
  • Previous experience managing small teams would be an asset.


The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Systems installation/decommissioning, signal and power cabling.
  • Assembly of connectors and cables, including related techniques and tools.
  • Project Management.
  • Knowledge of modern programming techniques and simulation design software.
  • Knowledge of cabling infrastructures, design and installation techniques, in particular for power cables.
  • Knowledge of design and installation of mechanical structures, including cables trays and racks.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Managing self: taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen.
  • Achieving results: driving work / projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion.
  • Solving problems: anticipating obstacles; assessing alternative solutions in order to have a fall-back plan.
  • Working in teams: understands when teamwork is required to achieve the best results; includes others accordingly and shares information; builds and maintains constructive and effective work relationships; works well in groups and readily fits into a team; participates fully and takes an activie role in team activities.
  • Communicating effectively: listening actively to others and letting others speak; ensures that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented; demonstrates a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addresses issues of conflict constructively.


The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts and ability to draw-up technical specifications and to make oral presentations.
  • Basic knowledge of French would be an advantage.