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Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy is one of the 84 independent research institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG). As an innovative research institution with numerous collaborations abroad we carry out fundamental research in the field of astronomy. In Bad Münstereifel-Effelsberg we operate one of the largest radio telescopes in the world. We also maintain astronomical receiver systems at locations all over the world. We are currently looking for a

Receiver development scientist
(PhD preferred)

As a member of the newly founded project group within the Electronics division, you will work in close collaboration with the head of the group and report directly to him/her. You will participate intensively in the fundamental developments of new technology radioastronomical receiver systems.

In the framework of large development projects you will case by case be responsible for the organization, technical developments and documentation of your own sub-projects. You will be given the opportunity to develop, test, and implement your own ideas. Intensive interactions, exchange of skills, experiences, and assistance within the working group and furthermore within the division are a fundamental part of your daily work. We offer a team of highly motivated and extremely talented people with the best technologies, preparing the ground to imagine, discuss, and finally create new and maybe unusual technical solutions – and hence grow and sustain the innovation pipeline for next generation receiver systems.

Your work tasks will cover:
  • leading your own self-contained sub-projects for technical developments
  • technical guidance of assigned project members
  • keep up and, if appropriate, extend existing national or international contacts
  • participation in the installation, testing, and commissioning of systems in the lab and at the observatories
  • being responsible for the capabilities, functionality and quality of your developments
We expect:
a relevant doctoral qualification (or equivalent relevant professional experience) in either physics, mechanical, or electrical engineering.
  • first experiences in development and construction of radioastronomical receiver systems and an overview to all relevant technologies required (e.g. optics, low noise (cryogenic) amplifiers, high frequency systems, cryogenic environments, control-software, ...)
  • willingness to work hands-on in the lab and at observatories
  • deep insights in at least one of the following areas:
    • competent experience in numerical simulations of telescope systems, feed-antenna systems and their interactions. Insight in the use, the theory, and the limitations of relevant software tools (as e.g. GRASP)
    • competent experience in the analysis, optimization and simulation of mechanical systems in context of stiffness, vibrational response, and thermal properties. Knowledge in the construction of high vacuum vessels, cryogenic systems (below 10K), and the use of common CAD software systems. Skills in manufacturing, knowledge about abilities of modern CNC-systems and 3D-printers complete your profile.
    • competent knowledge and experience of the design and manufacturing of integrated high frequency circuits (up to approximately 15 GHz) in highly EMI critical environments
    • competent experience in the set-up, optimization, and operation of flexible high performance network architectures. New receiver systems require sorting, re-arranging and finally transmitting the data-streams of several hundred frontend pixels, each with data-rates of nowadays up to 40 Gbit/s, from the focal plane receiver system to a high performance backend computer cluster.
  • outstanding analytical capabilities and the willingness to independently familiarize oneself with new subjects outside the core competencies
  • excellent communication in English (required) and German (preferable) in written, verbal and presentational forms
  • willingness to extensive travels to national and international partner institutes and observatories (at the time mostly in Europe, China, South-Africa and Australia)
You have a proactive personality combined with an inextinguishable intellectual curiosity, reached a very high level in your core competencies, and offer an accurate scientific work approach which enables you to analytically evaluate, to group, and present your results.

The full-time position is available immediately. The initial contract is for four years. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees). We are trying to balance gender within the division, and hence encourage women to apply.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Please submit your application (CV-publications-achievements-plan) and your reference letters preferably in electronic form via mail indicating the reference number 1803 to

Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Human Resources Department
Auf dem Hügel 69
53121 Bonn

Closing date for applications: 04.05.2018

Closing date: 04.05.2018
Closing date: 4 May 2018 Published on academics.com on date 26 March 2018
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