Mechanical System Engineer (f/m/d) Space Instrumentation for Astrophysics

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: Ref. Nr.: 02/2019

Job offer from January 16, 2019

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 decades MPE has been leading the international development of several major ground-based and space instruments e.g. for space missions like XMM-Newton, Herschel, eROSITA, EUCLID, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), the Very Large Telescope (VLT) as well for the ESO’s European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).

Are you an experienced Mechanical Engineer looking for an interesting, international scientific environment? Do you have a solid knowhow of mechanical system design and engineering? Are you able and willing to lead a mechanical development team?

For the development of the WFI (Wide Field Imager) for ESA’s next generation X-ray space observatory ATHENA we are looking for a Mechanical System Engineer (f/m/d) Space Instrumentation for Astrophysics.

With an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists, you will be responsible for the development of complex astronomical instruments based on cutting-edge technologies and innovative concepts. The instrument is developed by an international consortium led by MPE.

Your Tasks:

  • Mechanical system engineering within the mechanical engineering department, supporting the engineering- and development team of ATHENA at MPE
  • Responsibility for science instrument concept developments, trade-offs and the overall detailed mechanical design covering disciplines such as mechanics, structural and thermal design
  • Guidance, coordination and control of mechanical engineering activities related to interfaces and sub-system developments of the consortium partners. Manufacturing, integration and test need to be done in accordance to ESA rules and regulations
  • Responsibility for system integration, verification and test planning, technical budgets and the associated documentation

Your Qualifications:

  • University degree in systems, mechanical engineering or comparable qualification
  • Professional experience in system engineering for large development projects preferred, ideally in research/science area for space instruments.
  • Well-developed communication skills, ability to manage teams, present of results, chair meetings, negotiate with partners and customers, excellent conceptual and analytical skills, actively solve problems, team spirit, open culture
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and German language

The position is for a nominal period of 2 years but can be transferred to a permanent employment when appropriate. Salaries are paid at German civil service rates (TVöD) depending on experience.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, and disabled persons.

Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF format) online ( ) by February, 28 2019 including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae.

Later applications may also be considered in case the post is not filled.

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