Procedures for personnel recruitment


IT Engineer for MMA and Citizen's science platform development (Ref. DSR-IT-20-1)

Context
The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) is seeking a motivated physicist/engineer to join its data science 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 (ITF). 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 with the data science team and the Informatics Technology Department, in close relationship with the Director’s European Programs office, in the context of the EU funded citizen’s science program REINFORCE (Research Infrastructures FOR Citizens in Europe) aiming to minimize the knowledge gap between Large Research Infrastructures and Society through Citizen Science. It aims to engage and support citizens to cooperate with researchers and actively contribute in the development of new knowledge for the needs of science and society. In parallel s(he) will work for the EU funded AHEAD2 integrated action, aiming to integrate the high-energy astrophysics community into a coherently acting multi-messenger consortium including the gravitational waves (https://www.appec.org/news/looking-ahead-in-the-high-energy-universe ).
She/he will collaborate with other EGO teams, Virgo; LIGO and KAGRA collaboration members. In particular:

  • as part of the REINFORCE program, the successful candidate will contribute with technical know-how and understanding to the development of the project, providing support to individual initiatives as and where required. A particular focus will be on the sonification of glitch-classification data and integration into the Zooniverse citizen-science web portal.
  • As part of the AHEAD2 program, the successful candidate will work on the planning, development and implementation of an upgrade of the existing Gravitational Wave Open Science Centre (GWOSC) website framework.

  • Essential required qualifications and experience

  • Informatics expert with a minimum 5-year academic title (master degree or equivalent);
  • A background in Python package development;
  • Knowledge of JavaScript development, (knowledge of Polyfill.js and Jquery libraries would also be beneficial).
  • Experience with Django and Flask development.
  • Knowledge of MySQL/MariaDB.
  • Experience with Git and GitLab.
  • Good knowledge of the English language (both written and spoken).

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

  • Experience with data-Sonification techniques and software.
  • Experience with Conda package and environment.
  • Experience with the Zooniverse citizen-science web portal.
  • Knowledge of Italian and/or French.
  • The successful candidate will also have the ability to:
  • work to deadlines;
  • work within an international and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • work both individually and as part of a team;
  • write useful supporting documentation;
  • prepare and plan ahead;
  • and to regularly present findings to both small and large groups.
  • Prior experience of working on and reporting within an EU-funded programs and/or within a large research infrastructure would also be an asset.

    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) 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
    March 15th 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after April, 1st 2020.

    Physicist/Engineer for Citizen's science platform development (Ref. RCS-IT-20-1)

    Context
    The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) is seeking a motivated physicist/engineer to join its data science team. EGO s 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 with the data science team and the Informatics Technology Department, in close relationship with the Director of European Programs office, in the context of the EU funded citizen’s science program REINFORCE
    She/he will collaborate with other EGO teams, Virgo; LIGO and KAGRA collaboration members. In particular, she/he will work mainly on:

  • developing the tools for the characterization of interferometric “glitches” coming either from the Virgo environment or Gravitational Wave sources and their insertion in the Zooniverse platform, and/or sonification frameworks, for the use of citizen’s science, including disabled (visually impaired) or senior citizen’s;
  • developing a platform to support the cross-reflection between artists and scientists, of the field of fundamental science and in particular gravitational wave science;
  • helping the director of EGO for the project coordination and management of REINFORCE and in particular:
  • coordinating the joint efforts of the consortium during the execution of the project
  • ensuring the smooth progress of the work plan and the fulfillment of the consortium's contractual obligations
  • providing the necessary liaisons between the consortium and the EU as well as other project-related consortia.

  • 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 and experience

  • Physicist or Engineer with a minimum 5-year academic title (master degree or equivalent);
  • knowledge of working principles and usage of programming languages;
  • 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 Python language and sonification software
  • 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) 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
    March, 15th 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after April, 1st 2020.

    Engineer for General Infrastructure Department (Ref. ENG-GI-20-1)

    Context
    The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) seeks an Industrial Engineer for the General Infrastructure Department. The mandate of the GI department is to provide support to the EGO organization on all the fields under the responsibility of the department, according to the priorities established by the Organization. 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: 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
    As member of the EGO General Infrastructure Department, he/she will collaborate in all activities under the responsibility of the department that can be grouped in:

  • to provide, to maintain in working conditions including their eventual operation, and to renovate the civil engineering structures and infrastructures of the Organization, as well as the technical services of the tertiary structures and infrastructures of the Organization;
  • to study and make proposals to upgrade and improve HVAC, electrical or any technical system on the EGO site concerning reliability and efficiency of these systems; the EGO installations have to allow observatory operation periods with more than one full-year (24h/24) of scientific data taking;
  • to provide and maintain the infrastructure and services in the continuous running conditions requested by the scientific activities;
  • to provide and maintain the infrastructure and services needed to ensure the security of any person entering the domains of the Organization, their properties and the properties of the Organization.

  • 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

  • Master Degree in Industrial Engineering or equivalent;
  • Experience in the field of designing and management of complex technical system serving industrial/scientific facilities; knowledge of HVAC, electrical or other technical systems in industrial facilities will be a strong asset;
  • Experience in the use of the main technical software used for engineering designing;
  • Experience in project management tools;
  • Proficiency in management of external contracts and interaction with firms operating for their implementation;
  • Capacity to communicate efficiently with colleagues from different countries, good sense of team spirit and proactive attitude;
  • Good knowledge of English.

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

  • Industrial management experience of complex HVAC, electrical or other technical systems;
  • Knowledge of specific software in the field of designing and management of complex HVAC, electrical or other technical systems;
  • Knowledge of control systems and their application for the running, the interface and the monitoring of complex HVAC, electrical or other technical systems;
  • 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) 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
    March, 15th 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after April, 6th 2020.


    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
    March 15th 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after April, 5th 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). 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 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
    March 15th, 2020

    Start of contract
    The earliest possible after May 4th, 2020








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