European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Technical Drafter (Electrical - TTE Programme)

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Job 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 at

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 a 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.

The Site and Civil Engineering (SCE) Department manages and develops CERN’s real estate assets and infrastructures in agreement with CERN’s scientific strategy, as well as all the services related to the caretaking and operation of the CERN site.

Our Vision: Create an inspiring and welcoming environment for CERN’s scientific community now and in the future.

You will be part of the Group SAM (Site Asset Management), which is responsible for: Monitoring the condition of current buildings and infrastructure on campus and conducting relevant renovation and consolidation projects which include all phases from feasibility study, preliminary Design to Construction Management and hand-over of complete structures and infrastructures.

As part of the various electrical engineering studies in the feasibility, design, execution phase, your mission will be the following:
  • Preparation of Electrical drawings and schematics (low voltage) from hand sketches, verbal instructions, and site visits.
  • Preparation of 3D-Revit models for the electrical installations.
  • Support for the section designers and engineers.


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 (;
  • You have a Technical Diploma 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 a good knowledge of technical English (French knowledge is considered as an asset).
Specific skills required for this job

Technical competencies:

  • Experience on the usage of Autocad & Revit for electrical works.
  • Experience in the design low voltage work packages is considered as an asset.
  • Knowledge of applicable safety rules on construction sites in France and / or Switzerland is considered as an asset.
  • Good knowledge of technical English (French knowledge is considered as an asset).
  • Use of office software packages.
Behavioural competencies:

  • Flexibility: Adjust plan and priorities to changing circumstances:
  • Achieving results: Take responsibility for achieving quality results and work in a structured and efficient way;
  • Solving Problems: identifying, defining, and assessing problems, taking action to address them.
  • Managing Self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting
  • Communicating Effectively: ensuring that information, procedures, and decisions are appropriately documented.
  • Learning and Sharing Knowledge: taking steps to expand knowledge in other areas of expertise beyond own field
  • Working in Teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships

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 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.
Training Value

As a member of an international team of experienced engineers and technicians, you will find yourself in a dynamic environment in which you can acquire and develop your skills.

Thanks to this experience you will deepen your knowledge on the design of electrical works of completely different nature expanding from underground facilities, tertiary buildings or infrastructures hosting our detectors and accelerators.

Fieldwork will allow you to improve your observation, communication, and argumentation skills in English and in French.

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 30.09.2021.

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