Electronics Development Engineer (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 06/2021

Job offer from April 28, 2021

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 or 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 a Electronics Development Engineer (m/f/d).

Your Tasks:

  • Support of Center for Astrochemical Studies (CAS) project 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.
  • Development of laboratory and telescope instrumentation systems. In particular, electronics control cabinet development and supervision of manufacturing.
  • PCB design (schematic and layout), production planning, integration, commissioning and test of developed systems and evaluation of test results. 

Your Qualifications:

  • University degree (master) in electronics engineering.
  • Know-how in electronics development: automation, schematic and layout of PCB with Altium Designer, systems test and measurement setups, operation of electronics equipment, firmware/hardware programming, basic knowledge of RF electronics, basic knowledge of cryogenic/vacuum environment
  • Well-developed communication skills, good conceptual and analytical skills, active problem solving problems, self-contained work and/or teamwork oriented skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and German language 

We offer a versatile job in a dynamic and culturally stimulating international research environment to start as soon as possible.

The position is limited for two years. 

Salaries are paid at German civil service rates (TVöD) depending on experience.


Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF format) via our online application portal by May 31, 2021 including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae. Later applications may also be considered in case the post is not filled.

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.

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