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30
Octubre 2020

Software engineer for space and ground-based instrument control applications


The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE) (http://www.ice.csic.es/en) is looking for a Software engineer for space and ground-based instrument control applications to beef up the engineering department. ICE is participating in different space missions and experiments (i.e., ARIEL, LISA, CTA, CARMENES,…
The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE) (http://www.ice.csic.es/en) is looking for a Software engineer for space and ground-based instrument control applications to beef up the engineering department.

ICE is participating in different space missions and experiments (i.e., ARIEL, LISA, CTA, CARMENES, SKA, and Nanosats) and there is a significant contribution and leadership focused on software developments on most of them (LISA, CTA, ARIEL, CARMENES). See the ICE web page for more details (http://www.ice.csic.es/en/content/96/capacities).

The software engineer will contribute to different space missions (LISA, ARIEL) and ground experiments (CTA, CARMENES, SKA) at the level of a senior developer. He/she will participate in the definition and deployment of the system engineering practices and will contribute to the high-level design and development of software modules.

The appointed engineer will participate as a senior developer in all the aforementioned projects and will carry out different kind of tasks according to the development phase of the project:
  • He/she will be the supervisor of software developers for those projects running development or prototyping/TDA phase (CTA, Nanosats, SKA-PAF).
  • He/she will coordinate the software engineering practices at the systems engineering level (documentation, development cycle, configuration control, etc.) for all projects.
  • He/she will participate in mission and experiment meetings (internal and external to ICE) and eventually lead tasks in the mentioned projects and at the Consortium level.
  • He/she will identify new funding opportunities and collaborate in the preparation of proposals to respond to EU, ESA, national funding calls.
  • He/she will contribute to fostering the participation of institute researchers in the construction of new space missions and experiments. The contract will be for a period of 2 years.
Candidates with BSc or MSc degree in computer science will be considered. The candidate should have a good background and experience in programming with the following programming languages and operating systems: C/C++, Python, Java, RTEMS. He/she should have experience in software engineering management, in developing under Linux and with the software development life cycle: requirements, design, implementation, documentation, and testing. Knowledge of basic positional astronomy and astronomical instrumentation will be valued. Candidates should possess English language skills.

Selection process:
The selection process, according to the number of applicants, will consist of curricular pre-selection and interviews.
Applications (including CV and letter of interest) should be forwarded to:
Ms. Noemí Cortés (Assistant to the Director)
Email: cortes@ice.csic.es
Subject: Software engineer for space and ground-based instrument control applications
20
Setembre 2020

Mechanical engineer for space-based instrumentation: eXTP


Context: The eXTP (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry mission) is a science space mission aimed to study the state of matter under extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism (https://www.isdc.unige.ch/extp/).    Its phase A has been already approved by CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences)…
Context:
The eXTP (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry mission) is a science space mission aimed to study the state of matter under extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism (https://www.isdc.unige.ch/extp/). 
 
Its phase A has been already approved by CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and by ESA (European Space Agency) in October 2019. Europe is providing the Wide Field Monitor (WFM), a coded mask instrument and the Large Area Detector (LAD). We at ICE-CSIC (see http://www.ice.csic.es/) and IEEC (http://www.ieec.cat/en/home) are PIs of the WFM, and also responsible of the coded masks and the mechanical structure of the cameras (collimator and detector box). Expected launch date is 2027. The eXTP LAD and WFM instruments are based on the heritage of the feasibility study of LOFT, performed by us for ESA up to 2013 (ESA M3 call).
 
eXTP is now in phase B, ready to start Phase B2 after the forthcoming I-SRR (Instrument -System Requirements Review), expected to take place in fall 2020, under coordination of CAS and ESA.
 
Specific tasks:
The mechanical engineer will work in the optimization of the mechanical design of the WFM: coded mask assembly, collimator, detector and front-end electronics housing box. Knowledge of software for mechanical design and analysis, e.g., NASTRAN, is required, as well as good level of English language. 
 
The mechanical engineer will also be responsible of studying the materials and suppliers for the WFM cameras subsystems above mentioned, in coordination with industry, taking into account restrictions of export control to China. During phase B2, it is also expected that demonstration models of the WFM subsystems are built; the mechanical engineer will be in charge of the coordination between industry and ICE-CSIC & IEEC for such tasks. 
 
Contract: 
Starting date: full time contract, starting as soon as possible (October-November 2020)
Duration: until the end of the current Spanish Ministry - MICINN - funded project about eXTP (December 2022, extended to August 2023) got by our group, but new funded projects for at least 3 more years are envisioned, if the eXTP project goes ahead as expected. 
 
Contact:
Application, including a CV and a letter of motivation, should be sent to Prof. Margarita Hernanz, PI of the WFM (hernanz@ice.csic.es). For more information, use the same email address. Deadline: mid-September 2020. The position will be open until filled.
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