3 days ago

Thermal-mechanical engineer

ETH Zürich

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Thermal-mechanical engineer


Our research group for star and planet formation at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics at ETH Zurich is involved in the design and development of the METIS instrument for the European Extremely Large Telescope. With its capability, METIS will be the first mid-infrared instrument on a 40-meter class observatory and will enable ground-breaking scientific discoveries starting in the middle of the next decade. The involvement of our institute in this project consists of the design and development of the cryo-facility and the thermal supervision of the whole project. We are involved in further instrumentation projects including the development of cryo-mechanisms for the VLT-/ERIS and run locally a laboratory including cryogenic facilities to perform optical and mechanical tests in the infrared. To support the instrumentation activities of our group we are seeking at the earliest possible date a

Thermal-mechanical engineer

The tasks will consist of leading the development of the METIS cryostat and supervising the whole project for the thermal performance and requirements. This includes the planning and conduction of the thermal verification of the METIS instrument, which will be delivered around 2025. Further tasks may include thermal-mechanical design, development and test activities for other project involvements, in particular the ERIS project and the in-house infrastructure. The candidate will work closely with the international instrument team, the local engineering office and industrial partners.

The candidate should hold a university master degree in engineering (or equivalent) with experience in thermal and mechanical engineering with preferences to cryogenic and astronomical instrumentation. Furthermore he/she should feel comfortable to work in large international collaborations and to deal with complex, long-term, and science driven project processes. The candidate should also provide competence in working during conceptual phases, where requirements and interfaces are only loosely constraint, as well as in the implementation and manufacturing phase, where the interaction with industrial partners will be important. Skills in utilizing thermal modeling software, such as Ansys, and CAD application, such as Autodesk Inventor, are essential. The working language is English and the candidate should be fluent in both written and spoken language. Knowledge of German is an asset.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas and certificates of employment. Please address your application to Mr Roland Munz, Human Resources. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics please visit our website http://www.astro.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Adrian Glauser, Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics, glauser@phys.ethz.ch (no applications).