Procedures for personnel recruitment


Systems Administrator at EGO (SYA-IT-20-01)

Context
The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), in order to consolidate and expand the Information Technology services that allow the observation of gravitational waves and support the future research, opens a call for a 1+1 years Systems Administrator position in the Information Technology Department. EGO is a French-Italian consortium founded by INFN and CNRS to foster European collaboration in gravitational wave research. EGO is located in Cascina, near Pisa, Italy and hosts the Virgo gravitational waves detector, one of the three most sensitive gravitational-wave detecting instruments in the world. The Virgo project involves the participation of about 25 laboratories with nearly 300 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain. The EGO IT Department has the responsibility of the design and operation of the local IT infrastructure supporting the EGO consortium mission, the Advanced Virgo experiment on-line computing and data storage for the prompt detection of gravitational waves and the Virgo collaboration institutional activity. The IT facilities include a Datacenter with 1200 CPU cores and 3PB of disk storage and a high speed network covering the 3 km x 3 km site extension. The IT systems and activities include various virtualization platforms, linux clusters, an HTCondor farm, shared file systems and data handling software, security assessment and identity management, a Web framework and the integration of the AdVirgo collaboration provided subsystems.

Assignment
The successful candidate will participate in the design, implementation and operation of the linux-based systems in a challenging environment including both mission-critical continuous service and development of forefront technologies. The post may require the selected candidate works outside of normal working hours, including nights, weekends and public holidays, and may require participation in a regular on-call service. It may happen to cope with technically difficult situations, and to work within strict deadlines.

Essential required qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor or Master level degree in a scientific/technical field (Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics) with application/usage of computing systems.;
  • Good command in English;

  • Desired qualifications and experience
    One or more of the following will be an asset:

  • Hands-on experience in the administration of unix-based computing and storage systems in clustered configurations.
  • Hands-on experience in networking
  • Good command in Italian

  • Personal skills

  • Capacity to integrate in the common environment, administer and troubleshoot third-party commercial hardware/software systems by developing an in-depth knowledge equivalent to a second-level support engineer. ;
  • Capacity to work in team but also in autonomy following the agreed architectural guidelines and operational procedures.
  • Capacity to act as a first-level backup for IT tasks outside of his/her own specialization.

  • General requirements

  • European citizenship
  • No criminal convictions
  • Driving license

  • Place of work
    EGO - European Gravitational Observatory - via E. Amaldi 56021 Loc. S.Stefano a Macerata - Cascina (Pisa) ITALY.

    Type of contract
    1 + 1 years contract at the level of “Tecnologo" according to the "Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement).

    Selection procedure
    The selection will be made considering candidate qualifications and experience. The first phase of the selection will be based on an examination of the received CVs and Application Forms. The best candidates will be admitted to the final phase, which will consist of an interview.

    How to apply?
    Candidates have to send their CV and the EGO Application Form to be found here, to jobs@ego-gw.it quoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.

    Closing date for applications
    21 February 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after March, 15th 2020.



    Applied Physicist/Engineer for ENV/INF (Ref. ENV-TEC-20-01)

    Context

    The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) is seeking a motivated physicist/engineer to join its Noise and Controls team . EGO is a French-Italian consortium founded by INFN and CNRS to foster European collaboration in gravitational wave research. EGO is located in Cascina, near Pisa - Italy, and hosts and operates the gravitational wave detector Virgo, a 3 km-long laser interferometer. Virgo and the two LIGO ITFs in the US are the most large and sensitive gravitational-wave detecting instruments in the world: in 2017 their joint detection of a binary neutron star merger ushered the dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy. The Virgo detector involves the collaboration of about 25 laboratories with more than 300 scientists, engineers and technicians in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

    Assignment

    The selected candidate will work as an Applied Physicist in the Noise & Controls team of the EGO ITF Technology Department and she/he will collaborate with other EGO teams and Virgo collaboration members. In general she/he will work in the contest of the AdV+ project, during the installation and commissioning phases. In particular, she/he will work mainly on:

  • follow up the upgrade works of the experimental area air conditioning system aimed to the mitigation of acoustic and vibration noise;
  • evaluation and mitigation of noise emissions of new ITF components and equipment;
  • characterize the environmental noise at the site (i.e. sounds and vibrations, EM fields) and evaluate how it affects the detector;
  • develop models to simulate how the noise couples to the detector and provide noise projections;
  • propose and evaluate solutions to attenuate either the noise at its source or the coupling to the detector;
  • setting-up and use of instrumentation and analysis tools for noise characterization, including mobile sensors array.

  • The post requires that the selected candidate sometimes work outside of normal working hours, including nights, weekends and public holidays, and may require shift work. It may happen to cope with technically difficult situations, and to work within strict deadlines.

    Essential required qualifications:

  • Physicist or Engineer with a minimum 5-year academic title (master degree or equivalent);
  • knowledge of working principles and basic usage of environmental sensors (such magnetometers, microphones, seismometers) and laboratory equipment;
  • knowledge of signal analysis and basics of control system theory;
  • knowledge of Python and Matlab programming languages and basics of UNIX/LINUX operating system;
  • genuine scientific curiosity to pursue the understanding of the unknown and unexpected;
  • capacity to collaborate efficiently with colleagues from different countries and a good sense of team spirit;
  • good knowledge of English.

  • Desired qualifications and experience

    One or more of the following will be an asset:

  • experience with Multi-physics Simulation Software (or equivalent);
  • experience in control system operation and design;
  • working knowledge of Italian and/or French.

  • General requirements

  • No criminal convictions
  • Driving license

  • Place of work

    EGO - European Gravitational Observatory - via E. Amaldi 56021 Loc. S.Stefano a Macerata - Cascina (Pisa) ITALY.

    Type of contract

    One-year (renewable for one year) with the perspective of a permanent contract, as Tecnologo (Technologist), according to the "Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement).

    Selection procedure

    The selection will be made considering candidate qualifications and experience. The first phase of the selection will be based on the examination of the CVs and Application Forms. The best candidates will be admitted to the final phase, which will consist of an interview.

    How to apply?

    Candidates have to send their CV and the EGO Application Form to be found here, to jobs@ego-gw.it quoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.

    Closing date for applications
    February 23rd, 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after March 23rd, 2020



    Optical Physicist/Engineer for INJ/PSL/ASL (Ref. OP-TEC-19-02)

    Context

    The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) seeks an optical physicist/engineer for the Virgo injection system (INJ), pre-stabilized laser (PSL), auxiliary system laser (ASL). EGO is a French-Italian consortium founded by INFN and CNRS to foster European collaboration in gravitational wave research. EGO is located in Cascina, near Pisa - Italy, and hosts and operates the gravitational wave detector Virgo, a 3 km-long laser interferometer (ITF). Virgo and the two LIGO ITFs in the US are the most large and sensitive gravitational-wave detecting instruments in the world. The Virgo project involves the collaboration of about 25 laboratories with more than 300 scientists, engineers and technicians in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

    Assignment

    The selected candidate will work as an Optical Physicist/Engineer within the EGO optics group. She/he will collaborate with other team members to the design, realization and commissioning of different Optical Systems related to the upgrade of Advanced Virgo Plus, in particular to the realization of the SHG sources for the ALS, and the improvement of Optics related to INJ and PSL subsystems. Other duties include:

  • Critically analyzing the design, the definition of requirements, the error budgets, the definition and verification of performances of the interferometer and optical benches, especially in view of next upgrades of the interferometer.
  • Proactively seeking problems and proposing solutions to solve issues found.
  • Possibly planning and implementing the required solutions for efficient long-term operations, as well as new upgrades for improving performances.
  • Monitoring technology development activities in the fields of optics, interferometry and laser systems.

  • The post may require the selected candidate work outside of normal working hours, sometimes including nights, weekends and public holidays, and may require shift work and participation in a regular on-call service, ability to adapt quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and constraints. It may happen to cope with technically difficult situations, and to work within strict deadlines.

    Essential required qualifications and experience:

  • A PhD related to experimental Optics or Optics/Opto-Electronics is required, with hands-on experience in Optics.
  • Experience in the field of advanced scientific instrumentation at a University institute or similar institution, with operational experience
  • Knowledge in laser physics and Non-Linear Optics and scientific/industrial laser equipment
  • Proficiency in the operation of Optics-related control electronics and diagnostic instrumentation
  • Capacity to communicate efficiently with colleagues from different countries, good sense of team spirit and proactive attitude
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Python or Matlab programming languages and basic knowledge of UNIX/LINUX operating systems

  • Desired qualifications and experience

    One or more of the following will be an asset:

  • PhD must have been earned within the past 5 years.
  • Experimental knowledge of control systems
  • Competence with optical software design (Zemax or equivalent).
  • Working knowledge of Italian and/or French.

  • General requirements

  • No criminal convictions
  • Driving license

  • Place of work

    EGO - European Gravitational Observatory - via E. Amaldi 56021 Loc. S.Stefano a Macerata - Cascina (Pisa) ITALY.

    Type of contract

    One-year (renewable for one year) with the perspective of a permanent contract, as Tecnologo (Technologist), according to the "Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement). Gross salary will range between 38500E and 49700E. Additional benefits include Severance Pay (roughly 1 month salary per year of contract, granted to the employee at the end of the contract) and yearly performance bonus.

    Selection procedure

    The selection will be made considering candidate qualifications and experience. The first phase of the selection will be based on an examination of the received CVs and Application Forms. The best candidates will be admitted to the final phase, which will consist of an interview.

    How to apply?

    Candidates have to send their CV and the EGO Application Form to be found here, to jobs@ego-gw.it quoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.

    Closing date for applications
    January 27th, 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after March 1st, 2020



    Optical Physicist/Engineer for INJ/PSL (Ref. OP-TEC-19-03)

    Context

    The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) seeks an optical physicist/engineer for the Virgo injection system (INJ) and pre-stabilized laser (PSL). EGO is a French-Italian consortium founded by INFN and CNRS to foster European collaboration in gravitational wave research. EGO is located in Cascina, near Pisa - Italy, and hosts and operates the gravitational wave detector Virgo, a 3 km-long laser interferometer (ITF). Virgo and the two LIGO ITFs in the US are the most large and sensitive gravitational-wave detecting instruments in the world. The Virgo project involves the collaboration of about 25 laboratories with more than 300 scientists, engineers and technicians in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

    Assignment

    The selected candidate will work as an Optical Physicist/Engineer within the EGO optics group. She/he will collaborate with other team members to the commissioning, maintenance, troubleshooting and improvement of Optics related to INJ and PSL subsystems. The selected candidate will be also involved in the commissioning and optical characterization of the Advanced Virgo laser interferometer, and to the design and tests related to the upgrade of Advanced Virgo (AdV+). Other duties include:

  • Critically analyzing the design, the definition of requirements, the error budgets, the definition and verification of performances of the interferometer and optical benches, especially in view of next upgrades of the interferometer
  • Proactively seeking problems and proposing solutions to solve issues found
  • Possibly planning and implementing the required solutions for efficient long-term operations, as well as new upgrades for improving performances
  • Monitoring technology development activities in the fields of optics, interferometry and laser systems

  • The post may require the selected candidate work outside of normal working hours, sometimes including nights, weekends and public holidays, and may require shift work and participation in a regular on-call service, ability to adapt quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and constraints. It may happen to cope with technically difficult situations, and to work within strict deadlines.

    Essential required qualifications and experience:

  • A PhD related to experimental Optics or Optics/Opto-Electronics is required, with hands-on experience in Optics.
  • Experience in the field of advanced scientific instrumentation at a University institute or similar institution, with operational experience
  • Knowledge in laser physics and scientific/industrial laser equipment
  • Proficiency in the operation of Optics-related control electronics and diagnostic instrumentation
  • Capacity to communicate efficiently with colleagues from different countries, good sense of team spirit and proactive attitude.
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Python or Matlab programming languages and basic knowledge of UNIX/LINUX operating systems.

  • Desired qualifications and experience

    One or more of the following will be an asset:

  • PhD must have been earned within the past 5 years.
  • Experimental knowledge of control systems
  • Competence with optical software design (Zemax or equivalent).
  • Working knowledge of Italian and/or French.

  • General requirements

  • No criminal convictions
  • Driving license

  • Place of work

    EGO - European Gravitational Observatory - via E. Amaldi 56021 Loc. S.Stefano a Macerata - Cascina (Pisa) ITALY.

    Type of contract

    One-year (renewable for one year) with the perspective of a permanent contract, as Tecnologo (Technologist), according to the "Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement). Gross salary will range between 38500E and 49700E. Additional benefits include Severance Pay (roughly 1 month salary per year of contract, granted to the employee at the end of the contract) and yearly performance bonus.

    Selection procedure

    The selection will be made considering candidate qualifications and experience. The first phase of the selection will be based on an examination of the received CVs and Application Forms. The best candidates will be admitted to the final phase, which will consist of an interview.

    How to apply?

    Candidates have to send their CV and the EGO Application Form to be found here, to jobs@ego-gw.it quoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.

    Closing date for applications
    January 27th, 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after March 1st, 2020








    [Last update: January 20th 2020]