ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. Our Research Group for Exoplanets and Habitability at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics develops infrared instruments for the world's largest telescopes, both on ground and in space.
Mechanical Engineer (100%)
One of our major running projects includes the development of a large cryostat for the METIS instrument for the European Extremely Large Telescope, the biggest telescope on earth to be constructed by 2025. Depending on experience, the candidate would support or lead the design and analysis efforts for this work-package in collaboration with the international instrument team, the local engineering office and industrial partners. Further tasks may include thermal-mechanical design, development and test activities for other project involvements and the in-house infrastructure. The candidate will report to the head of instrumentation and will be fully integrated in the research group. This position is limited for two years, with possibility of extension.
We fill 2 positions and seek for candidates with complementary profiles. Besides a university degree in mechanical engineering and work experience of at least 3 years in instrument development, the candidate shall demonstrate expertise in one or several of the following skills: Thermal and structural FEM modeling in ANSYS, proficiency in CAD designs, project management, systems and requirement engineering, cryogenic and vacuum instrumentation, and/or opto-mechanical applications. The candidate must be fluent in English and ideally in German and shall have distinct interpersonal and communication skills.