Vacuum Engineer (Ref. ENG-V&M-18)

Context
The European Gravitational Observatory (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 wave detector.
The Virgo project involves the collaboration of about 20 laboratories with more than 250 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.
The vacuum system of Virgo consists of two 3 km long straight tubes, 1.2 m in diameter, and 10 vertical cylinders, called 'towers' (2 m in diameter and up to 11 m high) containing optical elements suspended to anti-seismic attenuators.
Vacuum is needed to isolate the sensitive parts of the experiment from several disturbances directly affecting the performance of Virgo; the system has been designed and tested to reach a base pressure of 10-9 mbar after bake-out.

Assignment
As a member of the team responsible for the vacuum system operations and development, his/her main tasks will be:

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


  • This position may require to work outside normal working hours (including nights, weekends and public holidays), foresees shift work and the participation in a regular on-call service.

    Essential required qualifications and experience

  • Master's Engineering degree or equivalent in one of these fields: Physics, Mechanical, Aero-spatial, Chemical or a comparable technical field.
  • A few years of work experience related to UHV technology or cryogenics would be a significant asset.
  • Good command of English; basic knowledge of Italian or French.

  • Personal skills
    Ability to work in a team within an international and multidisciplinary environment, strong sense of team spirit.

    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
    Two-year contract given by Temp Agency, according to the "Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement).

    Selection procedure
    The selection will be made by the Temp Agency considering candidate qualifications and experience.

    How to apply?
    Candidates can 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
    Until position is filled.



    Technologist for Interferometer Operation (Ref. TE-TEC-18-01)

    Context
    The European Gravitational Observatory (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 sensitive gravitational-wave detecting instruments in the world.
    The Virgo project involves the collaboration of about 20 laboratories with more than 250 scientists, engineers and technicians in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

    Assignment
    The selected candidate will work as a Technologist for ITF Operation, in the Noise&Controls team of the EGO ITF Technology Department, and will collaborate with other team members and Virgo members working on the ITF commissioning.
    In particular, she/he will work mainly on:

  • control system design;
  • simulation, commissioning, maintenance, trouble-shooting and improvement of the longitudinal and angular control system of the ITF;
  • daily monitoring and operation of ITF longitudinal and alignment control;
  • setting-up and use of instrumentation and analysis tools for control characterization;
  • supporting the other subsystems during shifts.


  • The post may require the selected candidate work outside of normal working hours, including nights, weekends and public holidays, and may require shift work and participation in a regular on-call service.

    Essential required qualifications and experience

  • Physicist or engineer holding a PhD, with professional experience on control system design;
  • she/he will have to cope with technically difficult situations, and be able to work within strict deadlines;
  • capacity to communicate efficiently with colleagues from different European countries and a good sense of team spirit;
  • good knowledge of English;
  • basic knowledge of UNIX/LINUX operating systems and good knowledge of Matlab or Python programming language.


  • p align="justify">Desired qualifications and experience
    One or more of the following will be an asset:
  • some experience in the field of optical cavities control;
  • some experience in ITF commissioning;
  • working knowledge of Italian.

  • 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
    Two-year contract with a temping agency, in line with the "Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement)

    Selection procedure
    The selection will be made by a temping agency considering candidate qualifications and experience.

    How to apply?
    Candidates can send their CV and the EGO Application Form (to be found here), to jobs@ego-gw.it.

    Closing date for applications
    Until position is filled.



    Technologist for Interferometer Operation (Ref. TE-TEC-18-02)

    Context
    The European Gravitational Observatory (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 sensitive gravitational-wave detecting instruments in the world.
    The Virgo project involves the collaboration of about 20 laboratories with more than 250 scientists, engineers and technicians in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

    Assignment
    The selected candidate will work as a Technologist for ITF Operation, in the Optics group of the EGO ITF Technology Department, and will collaborate with other team members and Virgo members working on the ITF commissioning. She/he will work mainly on sub-systems which are under the responsibility of the EGO Optics group: ISC (Interferometer Sensing and Control) and ISYS (Injection System).
    In particular, she/he will work mainly on:

  • control system design;
  • simulation, commissioning, maintenance, trouble-shooting and improvement of angular control system of the ITF and of the ISYS;
  • daily monitoring and operation of the ITF and ISYS controls;
  • setting-up and use of instrumentation and analysis tools for control characterization;
  • supporting the other subsystems during shifts;
  • possibly collaborate within the Optics group on R&D projects where controls are required (low or high frequency controls)


  • The position may require the selected candidate work outside of normal working hours, including nights, weekends and public holidays, and may require work in shift and participation in a regular on-call service

    Essential required qualifications and experience

  • Physicist or engineer holding a PhD, with professional experience on optical cavity controls;
  • she/he will have to cope with technically difficult situations, and be able to work within strict deadlines;
  • capacity to communicate efficiently with colleagues from different European countries and agood sense of team spirit;
  • good knowledge of English;
  • basic knowledge of UNIX/LINUX operating systems and good knowledge of Matlab or Python programming language;


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

  • some experience in the field of optical cavities control;
  • some experience in Laser-based Gravitational wave detectors commissioning;
  • experience in dealing with experimental optics.
  • working knowledge of Italian.

  • 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
    Two-year contract with a temping agency, in line with the "Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement).

    Selection procedure
    The selection will be made by a temping agency considering candidate qualifications and experience.

    How to apply?
    Candidates can send their CV and the EGO Application Form (to be found here), to jobs@ego-gw.it.

    Closing date for applications
    Until position is filled.








    [Last update: 12 july 2018]