Radiation Protection Technical Engineer (HSE-RP-CS-2021-91-LD)

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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 http://home.cern.

Job Description


Are you passionate about your job as a Radiation Protection Technical Engineer? Would you like to participate in a dynamic multi-national team of radiation protection specialists? Contribute your skills and expertise in radiation protection to the world's largest particle accelerator complex and its experimental facilities. CERN, take part!

You will join the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Protection (HSE) Unit, which acts, on behalf of the Director General, in matters of safety and the protection of personnel and environment. The Radiation Protection Group (RP) protects workers and public against the risks of exposure to ionising radiation, ensuring that exposure is kept as low as reasonably achievable. The duties of CERN’s Radiation Protection Group include the assessment of radiation hazards of CERN’s activities, including new accelerators and experiments, the definition of protective measures as well as the legally required monitoring of the exposure of radiation workers to ionising radiation and radioactive waste management.


As a Radiation Protection Technical Engineer in the RP Characterization & Services Section (RP-CS) you will:

  • Coordinate a small team responsible for the radiological aspects related to transport of radioactive material
  • Participate in the radiological classification of transports and shipments using dose-rate, gamma-spectrometry and contamination measurements as well as in-house developed computational tools
  • Perform and coordinate measurements in the radio analytical and low-level counting laboratory (gamma-spectrometry, alpha/beta counting, liquid scintillation counting)
  • Provide advice on various legal aspects related to transport and shipping
  • Prepare written reports on a regular basis.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of radiation protection and transport of radioactive material or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in the transport and shipping of radioactive items;
  • Experience with the international rules and regulations applicable to transport and shipping of radioactive items and sources (ADR class 7 transports); IATA certification would be an asset;
  • Experience in analytical laboratory measurements, especially in gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation measurements and alpha/beta counting (experience with these techniques in the context of low-level counting for environmental protection would be a plus);
  • Demonstrated experience in operational Radiation Protection (handling of sources, Radiation Protection instrumentation);

Technical competencies:

  • Transport of dangerous goods
  • Knowledge and application of ionizing radiation: in particular of measurement techniques for ionising radiation - (gamma spectroscopy, alpha/beta counting, LSC);
  • Knowledge and application of radioactive decay and spectroscopy
  • Quality management
  • Knowledge of regulatory framework and best practice in radiation protection

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving Results: delivering prompt and efficient service taking into account customer needs Having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind
  • Communicating Effectively: listening actively to others and letting others speak Ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented
  • Working in Teams: contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues
  • Learning and Sharing Knowledge: keeping up-to-date with developments in own field of expertise and readily absorbing new information Sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer Proposing ways to improve or streamline existing procedures, processes and methodologies.

Language skills:

Spoken and written French or English: 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 22.08.2021 at 12:00 CET (midday).

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.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 4-5

Job reference: HSE-RP-CS-2021-91-LD

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