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.
For its Project Office in Bologna (Italy), the CTAO is seeking a
Cherenkov Telescope System Engineer
CTAO is seeking an experienced Cherenkov Telescope System Engineer for its Telescope Coordination Group. The group follows up the work of the In-Kind Contribution teams delivering telescopes to CTAO. The IKC teams, composed of engineering and scientific personnel from institutes of participating countries, are organized in three consortia, each one responsible for the delivery of one telescope type (Large-Sized Telescopes, Medium-Sized Telescopes, and Small-Sized Telescopes). The Cherenkov Telescope System Engineer will increase the ability of the Telescope Coordination Group to follow up and coordinate the IKC activities, by bringing his/her knowledge and experience in Cherenkov telescope design, commissioning, safety, and operation.
Your key responsibilities:
- Contribute to the detail definition of product specifications for telescope structures and Cherenkov cameras. This includes specific system-design and operational aspects of the CTAO observatory.
- Follow-up on the technical and programmatic work of the IKC teams delivering the telescopes, with special emphasis on monitoring AIV activities, including telescope and camera commissioning.
- Monitor, participate and/or supervise formal acceptance testing of telescopes on site.
- Review and/or prepare verification plans and procedures and compliance documents.
- Review operation manuals, including user and maintenance manuals of telescope structures and cameras.
- Participate in and/or organize product design and manufacturing reviews of telescopes products.
- Collaborate with the CTAO System Engineering groups on matters of specification, requirements, change request and relevant technical issues.
- Evaluate safety analysis of telescope systems, concerning design and operational safety.
- Prepare the risk assessment and work procedures linked to operation and maintenance.
- Report to the CTAO project office at regular progress meetings.
- Support the preparation of IKC agreements between CTAO and the IKC teams.
Further, depending on your level of experience
- Become the primary interface (IKC Lead) between one specific telescope consortium and the Telescope Coordination Group/CTAO, including the planning of joint site activities such as acceptance testing.
Reporting to: Telescope Coordinator
Your duty station: Bologna, Italy. Ability and willingness to travel within the EU and to the CTAO construction sites, occasionally for a few weeks as needed.
What we offer: CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary. The contract is an open term contract subject to the successful completion of the probation period.
Deadline for applications: 26th February 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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
- Engineering degree in mechanical or electrical/electronic engineering, or physics degree. A Ph.D. in Cherenkov techniques and/or work in the field is advantageous.
- Understanding of high-level Cherenkov specifications and their impact on specific design features of telescope subsystems, such as drives, mirrors, actuators, interlock systems, and cameras.
- Understanding of product assurance principles, including acceptance processes and configuration management.
- Experience related to the safety of telescopes and the associated operational hazards, in relation to safety regulations (e.g., Machinery directives).
- Ability to write plans, procedures, minutes and reports.
- Excellent English, spoken and written.
- Standard MS office tools knowledge
- Desirable: Experience in Cherenkov Telescopes operation and/or demonstrated ability to understand the technical aspects associated with Cherenkov telescopes, cameras, and calibration.
- Desirable: Project Management experience in multidisciplinary scientific projects
- Excellent ability to work in an international environment, good interpersonal skills and a strong sense of team spirit.
- Ability to interact with CTAO colleagues of various engineering backgrounds as well as engineers and scientists within project partner institutions.
- Desirable: knowledge of other languages beyond English.