The Mechanical Engineer will be involved in collaborations with mainly European companies and/or consortia for the design and construction of large steel structures and optomechanical subunits of the ELT as well as support to the ALMA Antennas and transporters. Frequent visits to contractors' premises and extended stays or temporary transfer to ESO's observatories in Chile are required to support contracts follow-up, installation, commissioning and maintenance activities.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support ALMA antenna and transporter maintenance and mechanical design activities
- Support ELT AIV activities in handling, installation and precision adjustment schemes for delicate equipment including safety aspects
- Generate and update CAD and BIM models by combining models received from contractors
- Mechanical design and follow-up of supporting structures, for example instrument mounting platforms and handling tools
- Develop design solutions for ELT subsystems at least to conceptual level, e.g. handling tools, auxiliary equipment and lifting devices for large optomechanical components
- Participate in technical reviews, progress meetings and acceptance inspections
Head of the Telescope and Large Structures Group of the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Key Competence and Experience:
Essential Competence and Experience
- Minimum of three years of relevant experience in mechanical design, e.g. large structures, machinery and high precision mechanisms
- Good working experience with a state-of-the-art 3D CAD system
- Good knowledge of design and manufacturing processes to coordinate engineering drafting and contribute to the production of engineering documentation
- Basic knowledge of Finite Element Analysis program to communicate efficiently with colleagues working in such areas
- Excellent communication skills with a strong sense for team spirit necessary to work in an international team environment
- Ability to work in parallel for different projects, different teams, priorities and within a matrix structure
- Willingness to acquire new skills, develop a system understanding, keep up-to-date with the tools used in the daily work
Desirable Competence and Experience, which are not mandatory, but considered an asset
- Practical experience with hydraulic and cooling systems
- Experience with handling and lifting of large mechanical structures
- Industrial experience in the areas of machinery design or design of large precision systems
- Field experience in AIV (assembly, integration, verification)
- Experience with modern manufacturing technologies, their limitations and with state-of-the-art measuring methods
- Sound background in European design and construction standards
- Familiar with commanding Autodesk Inventor, Navisworks, Revit and BIM, or similar CAD software
University degree (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent educational level.
The position requires an excellent working knowledge of English (written and spoken). German and Spanish would be an asset.
Remuneration and Contract:
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in day care.
The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements, in particular for the ELT Programme, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to the position. For any further information, please visit ESO's conditions of employment (https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/)
Duty Station: The position is based in Garching, Germany. Frequent traveling to contractor sites in Europe and to construction sites in Chile is required. The jobholder will be required to work at high altitudes above 3000m. Temporary or permanent transfer or/and long missions to Chile might be needed.
Career Path: V
If you are interested in working in areas of frontline science and technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit http://www.eso.org for further details.
Applicants are invited to apply online at http://jobs.eso.org/. Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV. Within your CV, please provide the names and contact details of three persons familiar with your work and willing to provide a recommendation letter upon request. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
Deadline for applications is 25.09.2021.
Interviews are expected to start soon after this date.
No nationality is in principle excluded, however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Chile irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion.