Environmental Engineer (HSE-ENV-EP-2022-82-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 an environmental engineer, experienced in greenhouse gas accounting and mitigation, familiar with associated regulatory requirements and best practices? Join CERN’s Environmental Prevention team and contribute with your skills to promote environmentally responsible practices in existing activities and new projects. Take part!

You will join the Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection Unit (HSE), which supports the Organization in the implementation and enforcement of its Safety policy. In the HSE Unit, the Environment Group (ENV) monitors the impact of the Organization activities on the local environment and advices on improvement measures.

Within this group, you will join the Environmental Prevention Section (EP), which offers environmental engineering expertise in the frame of new projects and existing activities carried out within the Organization for domains such as air-water-soil-noise-waste and usage of chemical agents, including environmental incidents/accidents follow-up, and ensures that appropriate environmental indicators are defined.


As an Environmental Engineer, you will actively contribute to support CERN in limiting its impact on the environment.

You will:

  • Lead and manage greenhouse gas accounting;
  • Analyse existing and propose new mitigation measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by the CERN campus, its industrial facilities, and experiments;
  • Develop CERN-specific environmental guidelines;
  • Propose common applicable environmental requirements for projects and existing activities;
  • Contribute to the process of defining and following-up environmental indicators ;
  • Conduct site visits and environmental investigations and issue related reports. This includes the participation or coordination of environmental incidents/accidents follow-up;
  • Share knowledge, inform and proactively raise awareness on environmental protection best practices;
  • Build synergies and work with other CERN Departments in view of reducing CERN’s impact on environment and globally improve environmental protection.



Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of environmental engineering or a related field.


Demonstrated experience:

  • With hands-on carbon accounting and the use of associated protocols and tools;
  • In providing technical expertise, in particular to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, within multi-disciplinary teams operating technical installations;
  • In the technical application of environmental regulations.

The following experience would be an asset:

  • Defining environmental requirements for building construction, in particular linked to energy;
  • Integrating sustainability aspects in projects or activities;
  • Conducting life cycle assessments.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of European regulatory framework, in particular linked to greenhouse gas emissions; 
    • Knowledge of French or Swiss Environmental regulations is an asset;
  • Environmental evaluations and implementation of prevention measures;
  • Drafting and writing of official documents

Behavioural competencies:

  • Solving Problems: adopting a pragmatic approach; understanding the value of adopting generic rather than ‘gold -plated' technical solutions
  • Managing Self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting
  • 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
  • Communicating Effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point Leveraging support networks across the Organization

Language skills:

Spoken and written English and French. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in the two languages.

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 13.09.2022.

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: 6-7

Job reference: HSE-ENV-EP-2022-82-LD

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