Isolde Physics Coordinator (EP-SME-IS-2022-113-LD)

17. November 2022


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Job Description


As ISOLDE Physics Coordinator, you will support world-leading research using radioactive ion beams by managing the experimental programme and liaising between researchers and technical teams running the facility.

The ISOLDE Facility ( is an internationally leading facility dedicated to the production of radioactive ion beams for research across a wide range of disciplines including nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed-matter physics and material science, life science and medical applications. ISOLDE is part of the Small and Medium Experiments (SME) Group within the Experimental Physics Department (EP). It provides a stimulating scientific atmosphere and is an important centre for the European physics communities, contributing to the development of young scientists.


As ISOLDE Physics Coordinator, you will be responsible for the management of the experimental physics programme at the ISOLDE Facility. As the liaison between experimental users and the CERN technical teams, you will help to maximise the scientific output of the facility. In particular, your activities will include:

  • Developing the ISOLDE beam time schedule and oversee its implementation, in collaboration with ISOLDE technical teams.
  • Coordinate the implementation of experimental equipment in the ISOLDE Hall in collaboration with research teams.
  • Act as scientific secretary to the ISOLDE and Neutron Time-of-Flight Committee (INTC).
  • Report to the INTC and the ISOLDE Collaboration Committee (ISCC) about the ISOLDE experiment program.
  • Serve as Group Leader in Matters of Safety (GLIMOS).
  • When required, act as Deputy ISOLDE Physics Section Leader.
  • Participate in scientific research in any aspect of the ISOLDE experimental programme.


PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of experimental physics or a related field.


  • Demonstrated postdoctoral experience in a scientific field related to the ISOLDE experimental programme.
  • Research experience using radioactive ion beams.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of ISOL techniques for radioactive beam production.

The following experience would be an asset:

  • Knowledge of the ISOLDE Facility and its scientific programme.
  • Some exposure to project or organisational management.

Technical competencies:

  • Organisation, planning and control
  • Knowledge and application of nuclear physics
  • Knowledge and application of nuclear reactions and structure
  • Knowledge and application of beam production techniques

Behavioural competencies:

  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; maintaining a positive outlook even in difficult situations; demonstrating resilience and persistence in response to setbacks and adversity; remaining objective, focused and productive in a stressful environment; focusing on solutions rather than problems.
  • Communicating effectively: delivering presentations in a structured and clear way; adjusting style and content to the audience; responding calmly and confidently to questions; utilising effective negotiation techniques to achieve long-term results acceptable to all parties involved.
  • Solving problems: recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture Seeking and integrating other points of view when tackling an issue; consulting experts in the field and undertaking benchmarking; producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships; gaining trust and collaboration from others.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements being able to deal with ambiguous or unpredictable situations.

Language skills:

  • Proficient spoken and written English. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations.
  • Ability to speak French would be an advantage.

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 09.01.2023

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

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

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: EP-SME-IS-2022-113-LD

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