Computing Fellowship: Software Engineer for CERN's PLM Platform (Deadline July 19)

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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

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

Job Description

CERN’s Product Lifecycle Management systems (PLM) manage Computer-Aided Design (CAD) data and technical documentation for the entire accelerator complex as well as the detectors of the Organization. We are now in a challenging project to replace the existing landscape of silo applications by a single modern PLM platform. This integrated set of tools contains information about millions of equipment components. In total, over 5000 users depend on the software provided by the group.

You will be working in a dynamic agile team and will be given the opportunity to specify, design and deliver functionalities that integrate and extend the use of the future PLM platform.

Typical application areas in which you will work include CAD Data Management, 3D Model Visualization including Virtual Reality, Engineering Document Management, integration with other Information Systems and Digital Twins.

Your work will consist of:

  • building, maintaining, and operating the clustered infrastructure required to run CPU and GPU intensive jobs on CAD data;
  • building CAD and 3D transformation pipelines: export, simplification, conversion;
  • integrating CAD tools with 3D visualization technologies: web and native viewers, virtual/augmented reality;
  • extending CERN’s new PLM platform using web, Java or .NET and CAD-specific technologies;
  • performing code review, testing, delivery and support of the software;
  • integrating and linking enterprise applications;
  • performing data analysis and data migration.


Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have graduated, or are about to graduate, with a university degree (BSc or MSc level in computer science, engineering or another relevant course) and have no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree;

Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience in designing and developing back-end applications using technologies such as .NET, Java, Python, NodeJS…;
  • Experience with SQL Database Management Systems;
  • Hands-on experience with continuous integration and deployment;
  • Hands-on experience in using version control systems inside a team (git, GitLab, GitHub).

Desired technical skills:

  • Knowledge of 3D and CAD concepts and file formats;
  • Constructive solid geometry: SketchUp, Catia, AutoCAD, Fusion 360, Free CAD;
  • Mesh modelling: Blender, Autodesk 3D Studio Max or similar tools;
  • Game, rendering and physics engines like Unity or Unreal Engine;
  • Experience in designing and developing front-end applications using technologies such as React or Angular, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS.

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 5,281 to 6,558 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
  • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification

Optionally, we recommend that 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 19 July 2022.


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