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Open Position Research Support Position for the Technical Division (Electronics Technician) within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan – Funded by the European Union – Next Generation

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About IFAE

The Institut de Física d’Altes Energies (IFAE) is a public consortium of Generalitat de Catalunya, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, a public university) whose main goal is to carry out research and to contribute to the development of high energy physics from a theoretical, experimental and technological point of view. IFAE has the status of a “University Institute" attached to UAB and its premises are within the campus of the university.

About IFAE’s Technical Division

The Technical Division of IFAE is constituted by a multidisciplinary team with the mission to make the scientist’s projects a reality. We oversee the design and development of the mechanics, electronics, and software for the instrumentation required for each project. IFAE-BIST is the Institute for High Energy Physics (Institut de Física d’Altes Energies) inside the Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology. At IFAE we conduct experimental and theoretical research at the frontiers of fundamental physics, namely in Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Applied medical Physics. We are involved in the ATLAS project at the LHC at CERN, the T2K neutrino experiment in Japan, the MAGIC and the CTA - LST telescopes in La Palma, the Dark Energy Survey project in Chile, the ESA Euclid satellite, and the VIRGO Gravitational Waves experiment, among others. We also work at the cutting edge of detector technology developing pixel detectors for High Energy Physics, telescope cameras, and detectors for medical imaging and other scientific and industrial fields.

Required skills

We are looking for a graduated in FPII or CFGS in electronics speciality with:

  • Experience in PCB soldering both in SMDs and pass-through components
  • Able to interpret electronics schemes for mounting, maintenance, repair, and test of PCBs
  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation (power supplies, oscilloscopes, pulse generators, etc.)
  • Soldering and handling of micron wires
  • Experience in adhesive applications in small surfaces
  • Handling of microelectronics components

We will also positively consider:

  • Experience in PCB design software
  • Experience with microscope work
  • Work experience in clean room conditions
  • Experience with wire bonding equipment

The candidate should be organized, careful and creative and be able and willing to learn new techniques in use of microelectronics equipment in clean rooms and precision manual tasks

What will be your role

As an Electronics Technician, you will be a member of the Technical Division of IFAE, contributing fabrication and assembly of electronics equipment and sensors for the lines on “Development of cutting-edge instrumentation for future Particle Physics and Nuclear experiments” and “Gravitational Waves experiments and multi-messenger studies for astronomy”. You will work in a semi-autonomous way under the supervision and guidance of a senior technician and the head of the department.

Offered contract:

A Full-time (40h/week) Electronics Technician position. The duration of the contract is linked to the project “Advances technologies for the exploration of the Universe and its components, of the area of Astrophysics and High Energy Physics”, within the frame of the R+D+I Complementary Plans of the Spanish Government. There will be a trial period of 2 months. Flexible schedule. Work with interesting science experimental projects (scientific instrumentation, detectors, satellite systems, telescope systems, small experiments). Traveling to scientific singular infrastructures. Opportunity to gain experience learning first-hand. Personal growth, innovation, and learning every day.

Gross salary will be within the range of 20.000 € and can be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application and Selection process:

Applications should be submitted to stating the job reference (ELTECH-2022.10) as the Subject of the message. The mail should include a cover letter and an updated CV. Sending CVs to the above address implies consent to the legal warning at the bottom of IFAE’s Home Page.

IFAE is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace and social integration of people with a disability. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. People from groups that are typically underrepresented in the labour market in general and in Science and Engineering in particular, such as women, minorities, or people with a disability, are particularly encouraged to apply.

You may contact for any questions related to this job opening. Deadline: November, 06, 2022.

A Selection Committee will evaluate the received applications. If more than one candidate seems equally suitable for the position, the Selection Committee will arrange an on-line interview with each one of them as part of the Selection process.

In compliance with article 121 of the Spanish Public Sector Legal Regime Act, staff with a pre-existing relationship with the Consortium administration (Generalitat de Catalunya and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) will have priority in the awarding of the position.


This position is part of the project Advances technologies for the exploration of the Universe and its components, of the area of Astrophysics and High Energy Physics, within the frame of the R+D+I Complementary Plans of the Spanish Government that are part component 17 of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism. The contract will be funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU.