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

Opening Date:
Closing Date: Until Filled

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 research support person with experience in:

  • Knowledge of Linux, Macintosh, and Windows operating systems
  • Knowledge on one or more scripting languages, such as Bash or Python
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot storage, network, and OS problems
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as the situation requires
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with both computing professionals and end users
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks

The candidate should be organized and creative so she/he can find ways to propose solutions to the problems of the design, be flexible to accommodate changes, willing to learn new skills when needed, have hands-on attitude, and able to work in an international environment.

What will be your role

You will be a member of the Technical Division of IFAE, helping in the computing users support of all buildings of IFAE, both in IT services for desktops, laptops, and printers and in the installation of new software. Specifically, you will:

  • Assist in IT user/research project related equipment purchases
  • Develop and maintain system documentation
  • Support the development and deployment of new software tools
  • Generate performance measurement report and regularly monitor system performance
  • Assist in the planning, deployment and operations of new hardware and software
  • Analyse and plan for anticipated changes in network and computing capacity requirements
  • Determine best installation locations for devices, equipment of network systems
  • Deploy new infrastructure system and evaluate performance and security for existing computing systems.

You will concentrate your work in the action line 8 (Computing, big data and artificial intelligence) of the project Advances technologies for the exploration of the Universe and its components, of the area of Astrophysics and High Energy Physics.

Offered contract:

A Full-time (40h/week) position. The contract is for a period of 6 months. Flexible schedule. Work with interesting science experimental projects (scientific instrumentation, detectors, satellite systems, telescope systems, small experiments). Travelling 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 25.000€/year and can be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application and Selection process:

Applications should be submitted to stating the job reference (IFAE2023/03_COMP) 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: Until filled

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.

Funding Statement

This contract is part of the project Advanced 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. This contract is funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU (MICINN/PRTR funds) and by Generalitat de Catalunya.