Application closing date: 21 June 2019
The MSE Department of the Paranal Observatory with a workforce of 80 engineers and technicians provides maintenance and technical support to the four 8m VLT telescopes, the VLT Interferometer with its auxiliary telescopes, the VST and VISTA survey telescopes and to all instruments available for scientific observations. Astronomical instruments are large and complex facilities involving advanced technologies in the fields of optics, precision mechanics, electronics, cryogenics, detector acquisition systems and software. The Electronics and Electrical Group is comprised of 16 engineers and technicians and is responsible for all telescope electronics, site electrical distribution and backup power generation, and other miscellaneous systems like the site atmospheric monitoring equipment at the Paranal Observatory.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
For the assigned system(s):
- Propose change requests and implement them once approved (analysis, design, implementation, commissioning, documentation);
- Interact with the ESO Headquarters experts and with the Support and Quality Assurance group (planning, spare parts, maintenance plan optimization, documentation and quality control);
- Coordinate and supervise contractor activities in close coordination with the outsourced contract Work Package manager.
- Participate to the daily troubleshooting and corrective maintenance;
- Assembly, integration and verification of new systems and ensuring the transfer of knowledge from project to MCO team;
- Support other groups like Instrumentation and Software in Electronics Engineering;
- Any critical Observatory activities for which competencies are requested by the manager.
The Electronics and Electrical Group Leader.
Key Competences and Experience:
The ideal candidate should have several years of experience in:
- Industrial and/or scientific equipment operations and maintenance.
- A wide range of analogue and digital electronics and electrical applications such as: motion control, servo control, drives (like SEW, Siemens, etc.) and PLC systems (ideally Siemens, Beckhoff, etc.), precision sensors, field bus (like Profibus, Profinet, CANbus, etc.).
- Experience with some operating systems like Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac OS, also programming language like C++ or Python. Some numerical computing systems like MATLAB or GNU Octave, good level of Office software tools.
- Solid experience with PLC programming and troubleshooting, Safety PLC, PLC migration projects (ideally Siemens S5 and S7).
- Management of small projects for electronics upgrades.
- Experience in telescopes and in a multicultural environment would be an asset.
- Ability to understand the “big picture” and the details of complex systems, their interfaces, and their performance;
- Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems under difficult working conditions and with tight deadlines;
- Real interest to learn maintenance and trouble-shooting techniques;
- Having a fine grasp of practical work, in particular for mechanical assembly;
- Strong sense of team spirit with the ability to work effectively in a multinational and multicultural environment;
- Good self-organization;
- Constructively suggest improvements to work processes;
- Plan effectively and monitor progress of work, deliver results on time and according to standards.
University degree in electronics engineering or equivalent engineering field.
As ESO is an international organization where the official language is English, it is required that the candidate has a good command of written and spoken English.