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Mechanical Engineer

Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory gGmbH, Bologna, Italy
Employer Description

The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) will be the world’s largest and most sensitive ground-based gamma-ray observatory. With a telescope array site in each hemisphere, one on La Palma (Spain) and one in Paranal (Chile), it will cover the full night sky, detecting high-energy radiation from the Universe with unprecedented accuracy and sensitivity. Continental Europe will host its headquarters in Bologna (Italy) and the Science Data Management Centre (SDMC) in Zeuthen (Germany).

The Observatory is funded through a combination of in-kind-contributions and directly funded efforts, with more than 10 countries actively participating as shareholders, and more than 150 institutions from 25 countries taking part in the project. The CTAO was promoted to a “Landmark” on the European Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) Roadmap 2018, and was ranked as the main priority among the new ground-based infrastructures in the ASTRONET Roadmap 2022-2035.

Job Description

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

Mechanical Engineer

The mechanical engineer will be part of the Telescope Coordination Group, monitoring the activities leading to the delivery of the telescopes at the two sites. The telescopes, which includes both the telescope structure and the Cherenkov cameras, are delivered to CTAO as part of In-Kind Contribution by various scientific institutes organized in three consortia, each one responsible for the delivery of a specific telescope type. CTAO is constituted by Cherenkov Telescopes of three different sizes (Large-Sized Telescopes, Medium-Sized Telescopes, and Small-Sized Telescopes), each equipped with a dedicated camera.   

Your key responsibilities:

  • Providing general expertise in mechanical engineering linked to telescope design.
  • Perform internal analysis (e.g.. Finite Element Analysis) to contribute to the verification of telescope systems performance.
  • Follow-up of at technical level of the work of the IKC teams related to the design and production of the CTAO telescopes.
  • Help in the follow up the engineering work directly assigned by the CTAO Project office to external companies for its share of deliverables,
  • Monitoring AIV activities by the IKC teams, including telescope commissioning and verification on including participating on formal acceptance inspections and testing of telescope on site.
  • Update CAD and BIM models by combining models received from IKCs or contractors.
  • Collaboration with the CTAO System Engineering groups on matters of specification, interfaces and other technical issues.
  • Participation in and/or organization of product design and manufacturing reviews and their follow-up. 
  • Contributing to the preparation of documents needed for the specification of telescope systems (ex. Interface control documents, specifications, and drawings).

Reporting to: Telescope Coordinator

Your duty station: The position will be based in the CTAO Headquarters in Bologna, Italy, but It will require occasional short travels to CTAO locations and IKC institutes. Travel to the two sites for acceptance testing during serial deployment of telescopes may have longer duration (typically one to three weeks).

What we offer: This position is full-time and is anticipated to be needed for the duration of the CTAO construction project (minimum 5 years) with the possibility to transition to an operations position. Exact contractual details and salary are subject to negotiation.

How to apply: Please apply here. By applying you acknowledge CTAO might contact referees at any stage of the process without prior notice, unless specifically instructed otherwise, and authorize the processing of their Personal Data as stated in CTAO Privacy policy on the personal data processing of candidate.

Deadline for applications: 26.02.2024

For more information on CTAO please visit www.cta-observatory.org. For more information on the advertised position please contact CTAO Telescope Coordinator Stefano Stanghellini, stefano.stanghellini@cta-observatory.org.

Applications are accepted without distinction on any grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, gender identity, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Job Requirements
  • Engineering degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent qualification
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in mechanical design and analysis, e.g. large structures, machinery or high precision mechanisms.
  • Good working experience 3D CAD/CAM system (AutoCAD or similar)
  • Knowledge of Finite Element Analysis techniques, and ability to perform independent analysis.
  • Understanding of Product Assurance principles applied to projects including product reviews and Configuration Control.
  • Understanding of interfaces and interactions between subsystems.
  • Desirable: field experience in AIV (assembly, integration, verification)
  • Experience in one or some of the main disciplines related to Telescopes (structures and fine mechanics, composites materials, opto-mechanics…) will be advantageous.
  • Ability to write technical documentation, plans, minutes and reports.
  • Excellent English, spoken and written, to interact with colleagues, project partners and members of scientific institutions.
  • Standard MS office tools knowledge
  • Ability to adapt and work in a complex international project environment, good interpersonal skills, flexibility and strong sense of team spirit.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within EU and the CTAO construction sites and relocate for limited period if needed.
  • Knowledge of other languages beyond English is desirable.
22 January 2024
21 February 2024
Masters Degree
Research and Development