Civil Engineering Design Office Technician (SMB-SE-TOD-2020-85-LD)
European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
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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

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Are you an experienced civil engineering technician familiar with technical specifications and preliminary design studies? Would you like to be closely involved in a wide variety of projects? Join CERN's Site Engineering Group and put your skills to good use in a unique work context. Take part!


You will:

  • Estimate costs for small- to large -scale work
  • Draw up standard documents for price enquiries and invitations to tender
  • Prepare feasibility studies (economic and environmental impact, etc.)
  • Produce cost estimates for large-scale (or future) projects and check quantities
  • Update and manage the catalogue of reference unit prices, including for framework contracts
  • Manage CERN's archive of technical specifications


Higher technical diploma in the field of civil engineering or equivalent relevant experience or a related field.


  • Significant experience in the design office of a civil engineering, architectural or construction firm.
  • Excellent technical knowledge and practice of various civil engineering and architectural fields (knowledge of construction materials and techniques).
  • Good experience in drawing up construction files and estimating costs.
  • Regular practice of price estimates for the construction and renovation of buildings and for outdoor work.
  • Knowledge and frequent practice of technical standards for construction work and structural design. Knowledge of Swiss and/or French regulations would be an advantage.
  • Proven experience in the coordination of HVAC-EL services (Heating, Ventilation, Air Cooling and Electricity) in design building.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of building construction, consolidation and renovation for industrial and tertiary buildings, involving concrete, metallic, underground structure construction and road and drainage works construction.
  • Design of industrial buildings: and tertiary buildings
  • Knowledge of construction/civil engineering prices
  • Design of road, excavation and drainage works
  • 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
  • Solving Problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language or the undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

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 26.07.2020

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: 3-4

Job reference: SMB-SE-TOD-2020-85-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Civil Engineering Technician

About CERN

At an intergovernmental meeting of UNESCO in Paris in December 1951, the first resolution concerning the establishment of a European Council for Nuclear Research (in French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) was adopted.Two months later, an agreement was signed establishing the provisional Council – the acronym CERN was born.Today, our understanding of matter goes much deeper than the nucleus, and CERN's main area of research is particle physics. Because of this, the laboratory operated by CERN is often referred to as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics.

Physicists and engineers at CERN use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental particles. Subatomic particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives us clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. We want to advance the boundaries of human knowledge by delving into the smallest building blocks of our universe.

The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 23 member states.