Electronics Development Engineer (m/f/d)

Einsatzort: Garching


  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Complex Systems

Art der Stelle

Electronics Development Engineer (m/f/d)

Stellenangebot vom 04.01.2022

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (near Munich), Germany is one of the world’s leading institute for the development and operation of state-of-the-art astronomical instruments. Over the past years, MPE has been leading the international development of several major space- and ground based instruments, including XMM-Newton, Herschel, eROSITA, EUCLID, GRAVITY VLT ESO telescopes, the ARGOS laser guide star for the LBT. In addition, we will contribute in a major fashion to ESA’s next large space mission ATHENA with the Wide Field Imager (WFI) instrument and with the first light instrument MICADO for ESO’s European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).

The new generation of telescopes and high-resolution spectrometers in the millimetre, sub-millimetre and infrared bands provide new information about atomic and molecular data. In order to understand underlying effects, a number of experiments and test setups are being established in the laboratories of MPE. Molecular spectroscopy and low temperature molecular collisional dynamics or FTIR and Terahertz Spectroscopy are methods that are used for our laboratory experiments. Results of this field of research will improve the interpretation of astronomical observations and enlarge our understanding of the near and far universe.

At the earliest date possible we search for an Electronics Development Engineer (m/f/d) (Job Code: 31/2021).

Your tasks:

  • Development of custom laboratory instrumentation systems. In particular, electronics control cabinet development including various components.
  • Design, coordination of manufacturing and assembly, testing of devices like instrumentation amplifiers, lock-in amplifiers, specialized power supplies, signal distribution, etc.
  • Integration of communication interfaces (I2C, RS-232, USB, Ethernet) and data acquisition (DAQ) into the systems.
  • PCB design (schematic and layout), ordering of the components, production planning, commissioning, integration and test of developed systems and evaluation of test results.
  • Operation and control software development for the laboratory setups using preferable python environment (scipy, PyQt, etc.).
  • Support of Center for Astrochemical Studies (CAS) projects by Electronics Engineering. Support science teams at MPE working on laboratory experiments and developments; actively interact with several scientific groups at MPE and work together with engineers from the central engineering development department.

Your qualification:

  • University degree (master or bachelor) in electronics engineering.
  • Know-how in electronics development: automation, schematic and layout of PCBs with Altium Designer, system testing and measurement setups, operation of electronics equipment, firmware/hardware programming.
  • Experience in process control with programmable logic control (PLC).
  • Knowledge of RF electronics in the MHz to THz region is desirable.
  • Basic knowledge of cryogenic/vacuum environment is desirable.
  • Well-developed communication skills, good conceptual and analytical skills, active problem solving functioning, self-contained work and/or teamwork oriented skills.
  • Fluent in written and spoken German language, English at communication level.

We offer:

  • A versatile job in a dynamic and culturally stimulating international research environment.
  • Interdisciplinary work in a team with experienced engineers and physicists.
  • Fair payment according to your qualifications and professional experience in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD).
  • Company pension scheme.
  • Family service, crèche and kindergarten at the Garching research campus.
  • Underground station U6 directly in front of the institute, discounted MVV job tickets.
  • Canteen in the immediate vicinity.
  • Reduced rates for certain insurance policies.
  • Free parking on the institute grounds.

The position is initially limited to two years, continued employment beyond this time is being sought.

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. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application:

Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF format) online  by 6th March 2022 including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae.

Late applications may be considered if the position is not filled.