Procedures for personnel recruitment


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 20 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. PhD must have been earned within the past 5 years
  • 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:

  • 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).

    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 6th, 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after February 3rd, 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 20 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. PhD must have been earned within the past 5 years
  • 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:

  • 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).

    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 6th, 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after February 3rd, 2020



    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.








    [Last update: December 12th 2019]