Procedures for personnel recruitment


Applied Physicist for Interferometer Operation/Commissioning (Ref. AP-TEC-19-01)

Context
The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) seeks an applied physicist for the ITF 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 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 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 for the ITF Operation/Commissioning/Upgrade, 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. It may happen to cope with technically difficult situations, and to work within strict deadlines.

    Essential required qualifications and experience

  • Physicist or engineer holding a PhD, with a minimum of 4 years of professional experience on control systems for interferometers (including the possible PhD period);
  • operational knowledge of optical resonators and related control systems;
  • experience in the gravitational wave detectors field;
  • 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.


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

  • some experience in ITF commissioning;
  • 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 EGO-staff contract as “Tecnologo” (Technologist), according to the "Contratto Collettivodi Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement). At the end, possibility of extension to a further one-year or to a permanent contract.

    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 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
    April 30th, 2019



    Optical Physicist for Injection System (Ref. OP-TEC-19-01)

    Context
    The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) seeks an optical physicist for the Virgo injection system. 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 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 Optical Physicist for ITF Operation/Commissioning/Upgrade, in the Optics team of the EGO ITF Technology Department, and will collaborate with other team members and Virgo members working on the ITF. She/he will work mainly on the Injection sub-system which is under the responsibility of the EGO Optics team. The Injection subsystem involves not only complex optical setup but also control loops and suspended mirrors and benches In particular the selected candidate will work on:

  • simulation, commissioning, maintenance, trouble-shooting and improvement of the Injection sub-system;
  • daily monitoring and operation of the Injection sub-system, and critically analyze its performance;
  • setting-up and use of instrumentation and analysis tools for control and characterization;
  • develop new methods to control the degrees of freedom of the Injection sub-system with better performance;
  • understanding, operating and trouble-shooting several optical elements (Electro-Optical Modulators, Faraday Isolators, Mode Cleaner cavity, Frequency reference cavity);
  • possibly collaborate within the Optics group on projects for upgrades of future optical systems.

  • The post may require the selected candidate to 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. It may happen to cope with technically difficult situations, and to work within strict deadlines..

    Essential required qualifications and experience

  • Physicist or engineer holding a PhD related to Optics, with a minimum of 4 years of professional experience on optical systems (including the possible PhD period);
  • experience in the field of advanced optical instrumentation in a research lab, with operational experience;
  • operational knowledge of optical resonators and related control systems;
  • ability 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.


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

  • some experience in the field of laser systems;
  • some experience in Laser-based Gravitational wave detectors commissioning
  • competence with optical software design is desirable (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 EGO-staff contract as “Tecnologo” (Technologist), according to the "Contratto Collettivodi Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement). At the end, possibility of extension to a further one-year or to a permanent contract.

    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 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
    April 4th, 2019



    Head of the Administration Department at EGO (Ref. TEC-ADM-19_1)

    Context
    The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) seeks an experienced person for the Administration 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 wave detector. The Virgo project involves the collaboration of about 25 laboratories with near 300 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

    Assignment
    The selected candidate will lead the Administration Department, which is in charge of:

  • accountancy;
  • financial statements;
  • procurements and award of contracts;
  • administrative management of the human resources;
  • general affairs;

  • The Head of the Administration Department works closely with, and reports to, the EGO Director, ensuring that EGO operates according to the law, internal rules and within the approved budget. The role also involves supporting the EGO Director in day-to-day management and responsibility for dedicated tasks.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The chosen candidate will have to:

  • supervise and coordinate the teams in charge of procurements and accountancy;
  • supervise the management of the EGO assets;
  • control the use of EGO finance resources;
  • prepare financial documents;
  • collaborate with the EGO Director in preparing financial planning and implementing the decisions made by the EGO Council;
  • manage the administrative duties related to the EGO staff;
  • help the Director in the relations with the union delegations;
  • manage the administrative duties of the European projects;
  • manage the EGO general affairs and the documents archive.

  • He/She will take over dedicated tasks and represent the Director at various levels, including during periods of absence.

    Qualifications and Experience
    The successful candidate will be an experienced administrative manager with a university degree in law, economics or an equivalent fields. The successful candidate should possess:

  • experience in the direction of an administration department;
  • good knowledge of administrative duties for private and public institutions;
  • experience in relations and management of human resources;
  • very good knowledge of Italian;
  • good communication skills in English;
  • knowledge of French is considered an asset;
  • experience in an international setting is considered an asset.

  • Key Competences

  • Ability to work independently following assigned tasks and responsibilities
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and complex environment.
  • Organised and result-oriented work style with a pragmatic approach.
  • Ability to adapt quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and constraints.
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills.

  • 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
    One-year contract (renewable for one year) with the perspective of an indefinite-length contract, according to the "Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO" (EGO personnel collective contract). Level of recruitment to be fixed according to qualifications and experience of the candidate.

    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 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
    30th April 2019



    Data scientist at EGO (Ref. TEC-DIR-19_11)

    Context
    The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) opens a call for a one+one year position in the context of the project ESCAPE. 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 25 laboratories with near 300 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain. ESCAPE (European Science Cluster of Astronomy and Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures) is an EU funded project in the context of the Horizon 2020 Work Program. The chief objective of ESCAPE is to establish a single collaborative cluster of next generation ESFRI facilities in the area of astronomy-and accelerator-based particle physics in order to implement a functional link between the concerned ESFRI projects and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

    Assignment
    The successful candidate will be part of the innovation group which will exploit new data processing approaches for Multi Messenger Astronomy, taking advantages of the Machine and Deep Learning techniques. She/he has also to work on customized processing and workflows, interfaces with the underlying distributed, large-scale computing infrastructure tuned to the needs of the Gravitational Wave Antennas (GWA) (EGO/Virgo, LIGO, KAGRA etc) and other related ESFRI projects, in particular those related in the multi-messenger study of the Universe (e.g. CTA, KM3Net, LLST, etc.).
    Multi-messenger astronomy presents new challenges for data analysis. It requires a selected combination of skilled astrophysicists, computer scientists and gravitational waves experts making extensive use of cutting-edge Machine Learning techniques. Completely different astronomical detectors acquire different messengers, producing very heterogeneous outputs: some of these will be time series, others images, others videos or simple numerical values.

    The following are the main tasks and activities are foreseen during the project:

  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning data analysis approach for Multi Messenger Data;
  • Innovative solution for analysis of heterogenous data;
  • Multi Modal analysis of Multi Messenger data;

  • All those tasks will require coordination with the projects and activities already ongoing in the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration in particular in the fields of: bulk data handling, multi-messenger astronomy, data-analysis tools and pipelines and public data dissemination for open science.

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Doctorate degree in one of these fields: Physics, Astrophysics, Computer Science or Data Science.
  • A few years of work experience related to computing and analysis aspects of Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology or related subjects.
  • Expertise on time series processing is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Machine Learning, Deep Learning.
  • Knowledge of GPU programming.
  • Experience with Images pre-processing.
  • Python programming expertise required.
  • C++ programming expertise is a plus
  • Good knowledge of the English language; basic knowledge of Italian and/or French.
  • Experience with some of those technologies will be highly beneficial:
  • Containerization (such as Docker or Kubernets)
  • Software development tool such as Git, Continuous Integration

  • Personal skills
    Ability to work in a team within an international and multidisciplinary environment

    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+one-year contract at the level of Tecnologo (salary depending on experience).

    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 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
    March 31st, 2019

    Start of contract
    As soon as possible after the 1st of May 2019



    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: 28 February 2019]