Integrated Circuits Design Engineer (EP-ESE-ME-2023-69-GRAP)

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Job Description

Your responsibilities

We are offering an engineering position in the realm of microelectronics communication circuits for particle physics detectors. This role is situated within CERN’s Experimental-Physics Department research program and entails conducting research and development on integrated circuits aimed at enabling high-speed data transmission (approximately 25.6 Gbps) at the core of CERN’s forthcoming particle-physics detectors.

As an engineer in this role, your responsibilities encompass developing architectures for communication Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and designing high-speed data transmission CMOS circuits. We are particularly interested in candidates with hands-on experience in full custom design, including schematic creation, layout design, simulations, physical verification, and debugging. Prior experience in the design of High-Speed Differential Drivers, Clock and Data Recovery (CDR) circuits, Phase-Locked Loops (PLL), Control Systems, Optical Receivers, Analog-to-Digital (ADC) or Digital-to-Analog (DAC) converters would be considered advantageous.

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Expertise in the design, simulation, and layout of CMOS integrated circuits.
  • Professional experience with a full-custom design flow and methodology.
  • A passion for CMOS circuit design and technology, along with a willingness to understand our specific application to effectively integrate the two.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • An enthusiasm for working in a small team, collaboratively crafting practical solutions in close partnership with users and external collaborators.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with Design for Manufacturing (PVT corners, reliability)
  • Layout Parameter Extraction (LPE) simulations
  • IR drop /EM analysis
  • Analog behavioral modeling (Verilog-A/Verilog-AMS)
  • Laboratory experience in silicon bring-up and validation
  • Scripting language (Python, TCL, Shell)

Join us in this exciting opportunity to shape the future of particle physics detector technology at CERN.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You have a professional background in Electronics Engineering (or a related field) and have either:
    • a Master’s degree with 2 to 6 years of post-graduation professional experience;
    • or a PhD with no more than 3 years of post-graduation professional experience.
  • You have never had a fellow or graduate contract before.

Additional Information

Job closing date: 07.11.2023 at 12:00 AM (midnight) CET.

Job reference: EP-ESE-ME-2023-69-GRAP

Contract duration: 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months maximum.

Target start date: 01-January-2024

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 6194 and 6808 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: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French.

About us

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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