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CTA is a global endeavour expected to cost in the region of €300 million for equipment and an additional 1,500 person-years of effort. Imminent site preparations and construction of CTA’s first telescopes have prompted a significant recruiting effort.

 

The project office is responsible for the functions of general project management, technical coordination and system integration for the CTA construction project. While most positions will be located in Bologna, some will be located on the CTA sites in Chile and La Palma.

 

In addition to CTAO gGmbH/Project Office employment opportunities, this page features some of the available CTA-related positions with CTA’s Consortium institutes.

 

All applications and enquires should be sent to recruitment@cta-observatory.org.

 

CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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CTAO gGmbH / Project Office Positions

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the international initiative to build the world’s largest and most sensitive high-energy gamma-ray observatory. The CTA Observatory gGmbH (CTAO) and the CTAO ERIC will construct and operate about 120 telescopes located in La Palma, Spain and Paranal, Chile to detect radiation at the highest energies with unprecedented accuracy and approximately 10 times better sensitivity than current instruments, providing novel insights into the most extreme events in the Universe. More than 1400 scientists and engineers from 31 countries are engaged in the scientific and technical development of CTA.

The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) with its Project Office in Bologna (Italy) is responsible for the construction and operation of the two CTA observatory sites, one in the Northern hemisphere on La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) and one in the Southern hemisphere in Chile, as well as the Science Data Management Centre in Berlin-Zeuthen (Germany). CTA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive instrument for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy with the detailed design and preparation well underway. It will be built with a significant amount of in-kind contributions from participating institutions.

 

For its Project Office in Bologna (Italy), the CTAO is seeking an

 

Electrical / Electrical Power Engineer

 

as part of the CTA Systems Engineering Team. The Electrical / Electrical Power Engineer will be responsible to develop the design and requirement specifications for both on-site power distribution systems and the support related to general and safety related design of electrical installations during the CTA design and construction phases. A power conceptual study has been developed for each site, based on which the Detailed Design shall be developed. The systems will consist for each site in the distribution of 1 MW and 2.5 MW of electrical power. It will include for each site: connection to the available grid, a backup system including diesel generator and UPS system, and a cabling network to supply mainly the array of telescopes and technical buildings including a data centre. The work will be carried out in close cooperation with the Site/Infrastructure team.

 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

 

  • Develop requirement specifications for the Power Distribution System for both observatory sites.
  • Development of the Detailed Design of the Power Distribution System, based on the Concept Design and CTAO system requirements.
  • Integration of the power system at the two observatory sites.
  • Develop Interfaces Control documents for the Power Distribution System, considering power quality requirements, in agreement with System Engineering, Site / Infrastructure and Telescope work packages.
  • Support of the QA manager in the planning and acceptance of the power system deliverables to CTAO.
  • Plan and execute FMEA in line with System Engineering procedures and tools.
  • Provide to each of the Site Managers the necessary design information for their supervision of the on-site construction and further support them as needed.
  • Develop and maintain constructive and collaborative relations with partner institutes, vendors and within the Project Office teams.
  • Support and advise the relevant engineers in the partner institutes to ensure that the electrical power systems in their deliverables are compatible with the site power system.
  • Support the CTA Project Office teams in all questions related to the electrical design, construction and electrical safety of the observatories.

 

Reports to:

 

CTA Lead Systems Engineer.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

 

  • Qualified Electrical Engineer or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in design and implementation of Low Voltage and Medium Voltage Electrical Power distribution systems and general electrical facilities.
  • Experience in international and complex construction projects, preferably in a science field.

 

Key Competences:

 

  • Knowledge of European electrical standards and regulations that apply to electrical and electrical power distribution systems.
  • Excellent communication skills and command of English are essential.
  • Knowledge of Spanish is an asset.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player in an international, multi-cultural, distributed and complex project environment.
  • Availability for international travel.

 

Remuneration and Contract:

 

CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary.

The contract is open term contract subject to successful completion of the probation period.

 

Duty Station:

 

CTAO Project Office in Bologna, Italy. Travel to the observatory sites in La Palma and Chile as well as to participating institutions in Europe will be required.

 

Application:

 

Applications with full CV and a cover letter in English should be sent to recruitment@cta-observatory.org, indicating position reference “CTA Electrical / Electrical Power Engineer” and the names of three referees with contact details.

By submitting applications candidates acknowledge we might contact referees at any stage of the process without prior notice.

CTA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.cta-observatory.org, or contact the CTA Lead Systems Engineer Wolfgang Ansorge (wolfgang.ansorge@cta-observatory.org)

 

Closing date: 22 September 2019

The Cherenkov Telescope Array is the international initiative to build the world’s largest and most sensitive high-energy gamma-ray observatory. The CTA Observatory gGmbH (CTAO) and the CTAO ERIC will construct and operate about 120 telescopes located in La Palma, Spain and Paranal, Chile to detect radiation at the highest energies with unprecedented accuracy and approximately 10 times better sensitivity than current instruments, providing novel insights into the most extreme events in the Universe. More than 1400 scientists and engineers from 31 countries are engaged in the scientific and technical development of CTA.

 

For its Directorate of Administration, at the Headquarters in Bologna, Italy, CTAO is opening the position of Director of Administration.

 

As a member of the Directorate, reporting directly to the Managing Director/Director General, the Director of Administration has a leading role in ensuring that the CTAO’s financial and human resources match the scope of the entire project.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Directorate of Administration comprises: Human Resources, Finance, Procurement, Legal, IT, Facilities logistics and transport, and General Administrative Infrastructure for the sites at Bologna, La Palma (Spain), Paranal (Chile), Zeuthen (Germany) and (for the time being) Heidelberg (Germany).

 

The Director of Administration leads and guides the administrative services and is therefore responsible for the fields of financial planning and accounting, treasury, procurement, human resources, legal, infrastructure site and building maintenance, and administrative computing.

As a member of the CTAO senior management the Director of Administration contributes to the development of the overall policy and strategic planning.

 

The Director of Administration has the accountability for the effective management, coordination and follow-up of activities associated with high-level committees and working groups, especially the Administrative and Finance Committee.

 

Reports to:

The Managing Director/Director General.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

CTAO seeks an experienced administrative officer with a university degree in Business Administration, Economics, Law or related discipline.

 

The successful candidate should preferably possess:

  • Management and administration experience in a research or scientific environment, preferably in an international organisation;
  • Proven track record in the area of Human Resources, Finance, Controlling, Procurement and Legal Groups of the Administration;
  • A documented background in the cost-effective management of complex structures and demonstrate a deep knowledge of the legal framework, administrative rules, funding regulations, procedures, and best practice of research institutions
  • Experience in effective cost management in complex project structures;
  • Experience in formulating policies, and in their implementation and tracking;
  • Excellent organisational, team and communication skills;

 

 Key Competences:

 

  • The ability to think strategically, to take effective decisions and provide leadership;
  • The capacity to set and control objectives of the different departments/groups, and to focus on priorities and evaluate procedural duties;
  • The ability to build strong and effective links both within and outside the organisation.

 

Language Skills:

The position requires proficiency in written and spoken English. Additional knowledge of Italian, German and/or Spanish is a plus.

 

Remuneration and Contract:

CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary and fringe benefits.

The contract is for a fixed term of five years and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. After this 5-year fixed term contract, the contract might be converted into an open-term contract

 

Duty Station:

Bologna, Italy, with regular travel.

 

Application:

Applications should be forwarded to Prof. Federico Ferrini (federico.ferrini@cta-observatory.org)  with a CV and cover letter in English.​ Please name three referees with contact details. We might contact them at the end of recruitment process, but not without your prior consent.

CTA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. For more information, please visit www.cta-observatory.org.

 

Closing date: August 21, 2019 

CTA Consortium Positions

DESY Website Job Post: http://www.desy.de/career/job_offers/index_eng.html?joboffer=92785

 

DESY

DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. More than 2400 employees work at our two locations Hamburg and Zeuthen in science, technology and administration.

The IT group at the DESY site in Zeuthen near Berlin is responsible for the institute’s IT infrastructure. In addition, the group also supports the projects of the scientific groups.

 

The position

  • System administration for the CTA Array Control and Data Acquisition (ACADA) software development environment
  • Installation and maintenance of the ACADA continuous test environment and quality control platform
  • Implementation of procedures for deploying software artifacts, libraries and related services as well as the implementation of web services for CTA considering security aspects
  • Installation and maintenance of a binary repository manager
  • Organization of the integration of subsystems into the ACADA system in cooperation with the sub-systems experts
  • Provision of the ACADA system as a ready to use and installable unit
  • Coordination of the testing of the ACADA software including the specification and execution of the software testing at ACADA work package level
  • Development and maintenance of virtual machines and containers

 

Requirements

  • Completed scientific higher education in computer science, information technology, mathematics or physics or equivalent knowledge and qualification
  • Excellent knowledge and skills in Linux operating systems and their system administration
  • A wide experience of software development
  • Good knowledge of web services and web applications
  • Sound expertise in programming and scripting languages
  • Good knowledge of software tests (unit tests, integration, system, acceptance testing) and software quality control
  • Experience in the operation of containers
  • DevOps mentality
  • Very good knowledge of English spoken and written

For further information please contact David Melkumyan, +493376277376, david.melkumyan@desy.de or David Berge, +493376277291, david.berge@desy.de.

 

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time-work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

 

We are looking forward to your application via our application system: Online Application

 

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: APMA012/2019
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg
Phone: 040 8998-3392

 

http://www.desy.de/karriere/

 

Deadline for applications: 2019/08/19

For our location in Zeuthen we are seeking:

Systems engineer for mechatronic systems

 

DESY

DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. More than 2400 employees work at our two locations Hamburg and Zeuthen in science, technology and administration.

The engineer (f/m/diverse) will become a member of the Department of Electronics Development at DESY in Zeuthen. As a service provider the department is developing specialized electronics (hardware, firmware and software) for experiments in astroparticle, particle physics and particle accelerators. These electronic devices are used for scientific data acquisition and processing from experiments at DESY and worldwide, for instance the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).

The position

  • Lead, coordinate and support the assembly, integration and test of the telescopes at the observatory sites in Chile and Spain
  • System engineering and long-term support of systems
  • Contribute to the conceptual design and development of mechatronic systems for CTA and other projects
  • Ensure engineering integrity, quality, maintenance methodologies and development
  • Documentation, publication and presentation of work results

Requirements

  • University degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, physics or equivalent qualification
  • Experience in the design of mechatronic system
  • Experience working with formal system engineering processes, performance verification and implementation of technical norms
  • Expertise in software engineering are of advantage
  • Ability to lead, mentor and evaluate local and international staff
  • Good knowledge of English (spoken and written); knowledge of Spanish is an advantage

 

For further information please contact Marek Penno, +49 33762 77275, marek.penno@desy.de and Markus Garczarczyk, +49 33762 77266, markus.garczarczyk@desy.de.

 

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time-work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

 

We are looking forward to your application via our application system: Online Application

 

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: APMA007/2019
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg
Phone: 040 8998-3392

http://www.desy.de/karriere/

 

Deadline for applications: 2019/09/16

Postdoctoral scientist position

Multimessenger astrophysics with very-high-energy gamma rays

 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Alabama has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral position in the field of very-high-energy gamma-ray astrophysics with a focus on multimessenger connections with neutrinos and gravitational waves.

 

The VERITAS/CTA group at UA is involved in the search for multimessenger sources of neutrinos and gravitational waves with VERITAS, the study of active galactic nuclei, and the development and commissioning of a prototype dual-mirror Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT) for CTA.

 

The successful candidate will participate in the analysis of VERITAS and related multiwavelength observations of multimessenger targets and active galactic nuclei. The candidate will also contribute to the development of control and data acquisition and analysis software for the pSCT and participate in the pSCT commissioning activities at the VERITAS site. The neutrino follow-up studies will be performed in close collaboration with the local IceCube group working on TeV-PeV neutrino source searches.

 

Applicants must have a PhD (or be near completion) in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field and should have experience in the analysis of high-energy astrophysics data and strong software development skills. Experience working with DAQ electronics would be considered an asset. The initial position will be for 2 years, but may be extended based on fund availability.

 

Applications should be submitted electronically at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/45356.

 

The application should include a cover letter (addressing how the job requirements are met), a statement of purpose (explaining the scientific goals of the candidate), and a current CV including a list of publications. At least two recommendation letters should be sent directly to Dr. Marcos Santander, jmsantander@ua.edu. Submitters and recommenders are asked to please specify “Gamma-ray postdoc” in the subject of the email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more.

 

“EEO is the Law” http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf

 

Apply here: https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/45356

Letters of Reference should be sent to: jmsantander@ua.edu