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Research Engineer (m/f/d)

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Research Engineer (m/f/d)

Stellenangebot vom 17.12.2022

The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) is a world-leading institute in radio astronomical research. It conducts basic astronomical research with projects and collaborations in observatories all over the world and also in space. In Bad Münstereifel-Effelsberg, we operate one of the largest radio telescopes in the world and maintain astronomical receiver systems at observatories around the world.

For a European wide collaboration to develop next generation of scientific instrumentation, tools, and methods for radio astronomy, we are currently looking for a Research Engineer (m/f/d).

You will be a member of the project group within the Electronics division and report directly to the MPIfR project leads. In the framework of the European project, you will be responsible for the Phased Array Feed design simulator. The main development task is to improve the existing simulation tool and add new features in close cooperation with other project members.

Your work tasks will cover

  • oversee and implement the individual project tasks (technically and administratively).
  • frame, document,  and organize  the project processes from a technical but also an administrative point of view.
  • to improve and extend the existing simulation infrastructure written in Python and partly in C.
  • to test the system under various input parameters and check the plausibility of the output.
  • to add new functionalities to the system.
  • to develop a user interface giving access to all simulator functionality.
  • keep up and extend existing project wide contacts.

We expect

  • a relevant qualification (or equivalent relevant professional experience) in either physics, mathematics, or software engineering.
  • experiences in physical optics simulations and a basic understanding of the underlying physics.
  • experience in managing mid-size programming projects.
  • excellent programming skills in Python.
  • excellent analytical capabilities and the willingness to independently familiarize oneself with new subjects outside the core competencies.
  • good communication skills in English (required) and German (preferable) in written, verbal and presentational forms.
  • willingness to travels to national and international partner institutes.

We offer

  • an international as well as innovative working environment in a first-class research institute with health promotion offers
  • a modern, well-equipped workplace, flexible working hours and individual training measures
  • payment according to the collective agreement of the public service (TVöD Bund) with all social benefits and an attractive pension scheme (VBL)

The fulltime position is available immediately. The initial contract is for two years.

The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications of severely disabled persons are explicitly welcome. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society aims to increase the proportion of women in those areas in which they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

Your application

Please submit your complete application including (CV-publications-achievements-plan) and your reference letters until 31.01.2023 via our online application portal.

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