Open Position Technical Junior Position at IFAE 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 Port d’Informació Científica (PIC)

Port d’Informació Científica (PIC) is a scientific-technological center operated through a collaboration agreement between CIEMAT and IFAE research centers which is specialized in developing advanced tools and methods for scientific data analysis. We participate in research projects from multiple disciplines with challenging data environments, including particle physics, astrophysics, biology, materials science and others. Our main objective is to accelerate research by making data analysis more effective through the use of Machine Learning, High-Throughput Computing and Big Data techniques using distributed computing to support collaborative research. PIC is collaborating in several international research projects such as the ATLAS, CMS and LHCb experiments at CERN, the optical galaxy surveys DES, PAU, Euclid and DESI), the gamma-ray astronomy telescopes MAGIC and CTA, the neutrino experiments DUNE and T2K and the gravitational wave interferometers LIGO and Virgo. PIC also collaborates with many other research groups from different disciplines supporting their data-intensive research such as ALBA, ICN2 and ICMAB in material science or UAB and I3PT in genomics. PIC is looking for a highly motivated systems and infrastructure administrator with technical skills in linux and network administration and genuine interest in scientific research. The successful candidate will join the Operations team of the PIC data center and will work in close collaboration with engineers and scientists to develop, deploy and operate computing platforms to carry on the research data analysis.

Required skills and evaluation criteria.

The successful candidate is expected to have:

  • 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

The candidate should be organized and creative so she/he can find ways to propose solutions to the problems of the software 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.

The evaluation criteria and the weighting for the submitted applications will be the following: Profile matching: 60 points.

  • Transcript and studies: 20 points.
  • Experience in similar research centres: 10 points.
  • Candidate’s motivation: 10 points.

What will be your role?

The selected candidate will carry out software development tasks and support of computer equipment for Cosmohub, the IFAE’s line of action developed in the PIC.

Offered contract:

A Full-time (40h/week) one position with a temporary contract Recovery plan 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. The contract is for a period of 12 months. Flexible schedule. The position will correspond to “Tècnic Junior” within the IFAE professional categories. Gross salary will be within the range of 22.000€/year and can be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The starting date will be as soon as possible.

Application and Selection process:

Applications should be submitted to stating the job reference (IFAE2024/02_COMPUTING) 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 IFAE’s legal warning on data privacy.

The application must contain a personal identification number (DNI, NIE or passport) in order to proceed to the verification of absence of conflict of interest required by Recovery and Resilience Mechanism of the Spanish Government.

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: 11/02/2024

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