The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) is seeking a Technician to join the Virgo 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 (ITF). The Virgo project involves the participation of about 130 institutions with more than 800 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands and other 13 European countries.

 EGO welcomes applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, color, religion, belief, or sexual orientation.



The selected candidate will work as a technician in the Vacuum operation team of the EGO Vacuum & Mechanics Department and will have to:

  • Collaborate in the operation of the Vacuum System by running, controlling and maintaining pumps, sensors and cryogenic devices installed along the entire apparatus;
  • Assembly precision electro-mechanical components under high cleanliness conditions, using delicate equipment and components.
  • Ensure that laboratory equipment is efficient, maintain laboratory consumables inventory. Record the works done, collecting data and preparing basic graphs and reports;
  • Support in managing external firms during on-site operations.


    To perform this job, it is necessary to move all over the Virgo site.

    The role may require working outside of normal working hours and participation in a regular on-call rotation.

Essential required qualifications and experience

  • High school diploma in a scientific or technical field;
  • Basic computer skill (windows);
  • Intermediate knowledge of English and Italian;
  • No criminal convictions.

Desired qualifications and experience

One or more of the following will be an asset:

  • Experience in vacuum technology and/or cleanroom processes;
  • Professional experience of at least 2 years in any technical field, especially with practice in dealing with firms in construction site situations;
  • ECDL

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 “Collaboratore Tecnico” (Technical Collaborator), 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 Section Board will verify the knowledge of English and Italian languages, and the knowledge of the basic computer skills (windows).

At the end of the interviews the Selection Board will draw up a ranking of the candidates who obtained at least the minimum score established during the first meeting.

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

Privacy policy

Controller: European Gravitational Observatory – email:

Responsible for data – email:

Under Article 13 of UE Regulation (EU) 2016/79 of the European Parliament and of the Council, required personal data will be exclusively collected and treated for purposes strictly connected to the selection procedure also with the use of computerized procedures, according to current law and regulations concerning the implementation of this kind of activity.

Providing such data to EGO is necessary for the evaluation of participation requirements and of the holding of titles; failure to provide these data may compromise such evaluation.

Data will be kept only for the period required by the selection, evaluation and audit procedures.

EGO guarantees each person the right of access to personal data, as well as the rectification, or erasure or restriction of them, as well as the right to object to their processing; such requests shall be addressed to

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 equoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.

Closing date for applications

16th November, 2023 – reopening deadlines until 16th December, 2023

Start of contract

The earliest possible