The physics programme at CERN presents varied engineering challenges at the forefront of technology, from the atomic scale to the colossal. Engineers design, develop and commission the cutting-edge technology, machines and systems that the physicists need for their research.
Designing, constructing and integrating giga-channel electronic detectors, operated at multi-MHz frame rates
Developing computing resources, such as the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG), to process the experimental data. The CERN Data Centre processes approximately one petabyte of data every day and hosts 11,000 servers with 100,000 processor cores. WLCG, the world’s largest computing grid, runs more than two million jobs per day and at peak rates, 10 gigabytes of data may be transferred from its servers every second
Providing and maintaining the civil engineering infrastructure for up to 10,000 people and the experimental programme, both above and below ground.
CERN’s current development focus is the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) project, which aims to increase the intensity of the LHC by a factor of 10 beyond the LHC’s design value with physics operation in 2026. HL-LHC will face many engineering challenges but offers numerous opportunities.
How to proceed?
Talk to your local particle physics group, who will already have ties to CERN
STFC’s LHC Resource Portal is a one-stop-shop for information relating to CERN and its activities, as well as a promotion tool to increase the UK’s scientific communities’ engagement with the world’s foremost particle physics laboratory and the largest scientific instrument ever designed and built for scientific research. As a Member State to CERN, UK scientists and engineers have direct access to employment opportunities. CERN is currently advertising vacancies for these jobs and provides a highly competitive remuneration and employee benefits package across all career levels and disciplines. There are jobs directly related to the HL-LHC upgrade that are indicative of future opportunities, also.