European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Civil Technical Engineer/Technical Architect

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Job Description

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Job Description


The Site Asset Management (SAM) Group in Site and Civil Engineering (SCE) department builds and maintains the Organization's underground sites, buildings and civil engineering infrastructures.

The Technical Office and Geomatics (TG) section is responsible for the Design and cost estimate of Projects, maintenance/consolidation of existing equipment and geographic/alphanumeric data related to CERN sites (works, premises, lands, buried networks, etc.).

Are you experienced in Civil Engineering/Building Projects cost estimate? Join CERN and offer your technical expertise to the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Take part! Functions

As a Civil Engineer" id="link" class="link">Technical Engineer/Technical Architect you will:
  • Produce costs estimates for small- to large-scale construction projects
  • Draw up standard documents for price enquiries, invitations to tender for specific project or frame contract
  • Prepare feasibility and preliminary studies (including economic and environmental impact, safety, cost estimation, planning, etc.) according to user requirements and technical specifications documents, in close collaboration with services teams at CERN
  • Update and manage the catalogue of reference unit prices, including for framework contracts
  • Manage CERN Civil Engineer and architectural frame contract
  • Manage CERN's archive of technical specifications in the civil engineering domain


Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of civil engineering, architecture or a related field.


The experience required for this post is:
  • Proven experience in technical Coordination of construction projects, buildings and infrastructure.
  • Proven experience of coordinating different professions (architect, structural engineers, HVAC engineers, electrical engineers, technical/legal/financial advisors, contractors, etc.).
  • Excellent technical knowledge and practice of various civil engineering and architectural fields (knowledge of construction materials and techniques).
  • Demonstrated experience in drawing up construction files, of call for tender and estimating costs.
  • Regular practice of price estimates for the construction and renovation of buildings and for outdoor work.
  • Frequent practice of technical standards for construction work and structural design.
  • Proven experience in Swiss and/or French regulations would be an advantage.
Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of construction/civil engineering pricing
  • Knowledge of building construction, consolidation and renovation: for industrial and tertiary buildings, involving concrete, metallic, external envelop, architectural works packages, underground structure construction, road works
  • Design of industrial buildings: and tertiary buildings
  • Design of road, excavation and drainage works
  • Project management: budgeting, forecasting, statistics
Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving Results: being rigorous and producing quality results at first attempt
  • Managing Self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting
  • Working in Teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships Working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities
  • Solving Problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements
Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to draw up technical texts in one of the two languages, as well as ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts.

Additional Information

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.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 22.02.2021 at 12:00 PM CET.

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.
Job grade: 4-5 Job reference: SCE-SAM-TG-2021-5-LD Benchmark Job Title: Civil Engineering Technical Engineer
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