The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) seeks an experienced person for the Vacuum & Mechanics 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 and operates the gravitational-wave detector, Virgo, a 3 km-long laser interferometer. The Virgo project involves the participation of about 130 institutions with nearly 700 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands and other 13 European countries.


    The selected candidate will work as a member of the team responsible for the vacuum system operations and development, and will have to:

    • run and maintain the vacuum system (operating valves, pumps, sensors, leak detectors …);
    • qualify components and materials to be installed inside the vacuum enclosure;
    • assemble and test, both in the laboratory and on the interferometer, new or repaired components;
    • study and design the vacuum system improvements needed to upgrade the system performances, as required for the next generation detectors.

    This position may require to work outside normal working hours and partecipation in the on-call service.

     Essential required qualifications and experience

    • Mechanical Engineering Master Degree;
    • 36 months of post-graduate activity in public and private institutions or PhD in Engineering;
    • Very good knowledge of Italian;
    • Good knowledge of English;
    • No criminal convictions.

    Desired qualifications and experience

    One or more of the following will be an asset:

    • One year experience in laboratory (possibly with Vacuum technology);
    • Good acknowledgment of computer-based control and simulation techniques;
    • Ability to work independently following assigned tasks and responsibilities;
    • Ability to work in a team ad in an effectively in a multi-cultural and complex environment;
    • Organized and result-oriented work style with a pragmatic approach;
    • Ability to adapt quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and constraints.


    Place of work
    EGO – European Gravitational Observatory – via E. Amaldi 5, 56021 Loc. S.Stefano a Macerata – Cascina (Pisa) ITALY. Given the lack of public transport to reach EGO, a driving license and a personal vehicle are strongly recommended.

    Type of contract

    One-year contract, with the perspective of a permanent contract upon expiry, as “Tecnologo” (Technologist), according to the “Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO” (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement). The gross monthly salary, paid in thirteen instalments, is established by the aforementioned collective bargaining agreement according to the professional profile. Additional benefits include severance pay and yearly performance bonus.

    Selection procedure

    Only candidates who meet the above essential requirements are admitted to the selection procedure.
    The evaluation of the candidates admitted to the procedure is assigned to a Selection Board appointed by the Director of EGO. The Selection Board will determine the evaluation criteria in the first meeting.
    The first phase of the selection will be based on a review of the Application Forms and other documents received in line with the above-mentioned essential and desired requirements.
    Only candidates who have obtained the minimum score established by the Selection Board in the first meeting will be able to access to the second phase of the selection, which will consist of an interview.
    During the interview the Selection Board will verify the knowledge of the English and Italian languages.
    At the end of the interviews the Selection Board will draw up a ranking of the candidates who obtained the minimum score established during the first meeting.

    The EGO Consortium has the free right not to proceed with the recruitment.


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    How to apply?
    Candidates can send their CV and the EGO Application Form (to be found here) together with a cover letter and eventual reference letters, to quoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.

    Closing date for applications
    March 21, 2022

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible