Optical Engineer / Experimental Physicist

von: ETH Zürich | Ort: Zürich
N: ETHZrich

Optical Engineer / Experimental Physicist

Optical Engineer / Experimental Physicist

Our research group for exoplanets and habitability at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics at ETH Zurich is leading an international initiative for the Large Interferometer For Exoplanets (LIFE), an ambitious space mission to observe and characterize earth-like exoplanets at mid-infrared wavelengths. As part of the initiative, we are developing the Nulling Interferometry Cryogenic Experiment (NICE), a laboratory experiment to demonstrate the fundamental measurement principle of LIFE under cryogenic conditions at realistic fluxes and wavelengths. NICE is entering its preliminary design phase, and we seek to strengthen our project team with an

Optical engineer / Experimental Physicist (100%)

with a strong background in optical design, opto-mechanical alignment techniques, and manufacturing processes of optical components for cryogenic conditions in the infrared.

Job description

The tasks will consist of

  • Supporting the optical design
  • Conducing optical system engineering
  • providing tolerance analysis and maintaining the optical budgets of NICE
  • Further, we expect to manage the specifications and procurement of the optical components
  • Finally, the candidate will lead the integration, alignment and verification of the optical subsystems and
  • Support the commissioning of the NICE setup
  • In parallel, we expect that the candidate will support a concept study for the LIFE space mission based on the knowledge and experience obtained during the development of NICE.

Your profile

You should hold

  • A university master’s degree in optical engineering or experimental physics (or equivalent) with experience in optical design and analysis,
  • Hands-on experience with optical alignment techniques for cryogenic optical systems, and, ideally, also in interferometry.
  • Experience with fiber optics, high precision optics and cryogenic opto-mechanical implementations are an asset.
  • You should feel comfortable to work in a diverse team, together with industrial partners, and to deal with complex, long-term, and science driven project processes.
  • Skills in utilizing optical modeling software, such as ZEMAX, and wave propagation analysis software, such as COMSOL, are essential.
  • Excellent communication and practical problem-solving skills are required.
  • The working language (written and spoken) is English. Initially, the position will be for 2 years with the option for extension up to 5 years maximum (subject to performance).

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents (pdf format):

  • Motivation Letter
  • CV
  • Highest degree
  • Certificates
  • Reference letter or Job references

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Further information about the Exoplanets and Habitability Group can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Adrian Glauser, email: glauser@phys.ethz.ch (no applications).

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About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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