Research Fellowship in Control Software Engineering


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

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


Job Description

You will be part of a team, responsible for development, maintenance and field support of the cryogenics process controls systems at CERN.

The Continuous Integration (CI) technology is used to automate the control software production due to the overall complexity of the controls systems, their frequent evolution and extensive use of databases.

As a member of the control software team, you will be responsible for maintenance of an existing GIT Continuous Integration system. In particular, you will:

  • Administrate system, perform system updates/upgrades and implement new features;
  • Work on the development of a new CI architecture, standardizing control software production methodology for Schneider, Siemens Step 7 and Siemens TIA portal;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of new cryogenic control application for the LHC accelerator, ATLAS & CMS detectors and Test Facilities.



Eligibility Criteria

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have graduated or are about to graduate (within the next six months), with a university degree (BSc or MSc level) and have no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree in the field of computer science or another related field. 
  • Please note that CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.

Essential skills and experience

  • Experience in GitLab CI development, configuration and maintenance;
  • Experience in Python and bash programming;
  • Ability with code refactoring, optimization and testing;
  • Knowledge of databases organization and data parsing (SQL & Json);
  • Operating system virtualization using docker images;

Desired skills and experience

  • Administration of Linux and Windows based servers and CI runners;
  • Knowledge of Siemens and Schneider PLCs;
  • Experience with TIA Portal Openness;
  • PLC programming using SCL language.


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 for between 6 months (minimum) up to 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months.
  • A stipend ranging from 5,305 to 6,586 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.

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How to Apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A CV (Resume) 
  • Your most recent relevant qualification. (Degree)

We recommend you add two recent letters of recommendation, giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.

All applications should reach us no later than 27 January 2022.