System Engineer


The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy is one of the 86 independent research institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of  Science (MPG). As an innovative research institution with numerous collaborations abroad we carry out fundamental research in the field of  astronomy. In Bad Münstereifel-Effelsberg we operate one of the largest radio telescopes in the world. We also maintain astronomical receiver  systems at locations all over the world.

For the MeerKAT+ project, a collaboration with our partner institute SARAO (South Africa), but also for other large development and production projects within the Electronic division, we are currently looking for a System Engineer (m/f/d).

You will be a member of the project group within the Electronics division and report directly to the MPIfR project lead.

In the framework of large  national and international collaborations you will be organizing projects in parts or as a whole, monitoring the MPIfR deliverables, and secure the quality and as well as the timely implementation. Intensive interactions with the project members and within the Electronics division are a fundamental part of your daily work.

Your work tasks will cover:

  • frame, document, and organize the project processes from a technical but also an administrative
    point of view
  • oversee and implement the individual project tasks (technically and administratively)
  • secure the implemented product assurance process
  • manage all interfaces within the project, including their definition, implementation, and verification
  • prepare test and science verification of the deliverables with the project team
  • keep up and, if appropriate, extend existing national or international contacts
  • present results on- and offline.

We expect:

a relevant qualification (or equivalent relevant professional experience) in either physics, mechanical, or electrical engineering.

  • experiences in development and construction of radio astronomical receiver systems or telescopes and an overview to all relevant  technologies required (e.g. optics, high frequency systems, control-software, …)
  • experience in scientific data analysis combined with basic programming skills (e.g. in Python, or C++)
  • a profound expertise in system and project management
  • outstanding analytical capabilities and the willingness to independently familiarize oneself with new subjects outside the core competencies
  • excellent communication skills in English (required) and German (preferable) in written, verbal and presentational forms
  • remarkable conflict resolution, analytical, and decision-making skills are vital to the position equally
  • willingness to travels to national and international partner institutes and observatories (at the time mostly in Europe, China, and South-Africa)

Our Offer

The full-time position is available immediately. The initial contract is for up to three years. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees). We are trying to balance gender within the division, hence  encourages women to apply.

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.

Details on reconciliation of family and career and the Max Planck Society's certified commitment since 2006.

Your application

Please submit your application (CV-publications-achievements-plan) and your reference letters preferably in electronic form via our online application portal.

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2022

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Human Resources Department
Auf dem Hügel 69
53121 Bonn

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