KU Leuven

Control Engineer astronomical instrumentation and telescopes

Wat kan KU Leuven jou bieden

  • We offer a fulltime contract for an indefinite period of time. This function will be renumerated in the KULeuven salary scale 6,7 or 8, depending on your relevant experience and competences.
  • You are offered the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary and international team in a vibrant research environment. You are offered the possibility to continue to learn and deploy your own initiatives.

Wat ga je doen

  • Design of the control system of the METIS instrument on the European Extremely LargeTelescope, mainly based on PLC technology.
  • Development, integration and testing of prototypes and production versions of the control system, focusing on software coding.
  • Preparing of design documentation for project reviews.
  • Contributing to the operational maintenance and upgrades of the Mercator telescope in La Palma (remotely from Leuven, sporadic technical missions on-site).
  • Development of control electronics for optical and thermal-vac test setups for astronomical instruments and small spacecraft.

Wat verwachten we van jou

  • You show a passion for programming, preferably in C++, Python or a PLC language, preferably coding software that interacts with real hardware (sensors, actuators).
  • You obtained a relevant degree, eg in software/electronics engineering, ICT, etc
  • You show a passion for high-tech applications and are willing to continue to study and learn about novel technologies in (industrial) IT and data communication.
  • A good command of the English language, able to understand and write technical reports and to orally present your work in an international consortium.
  • Interest and some knowledge about astronomy and astronomical observations is considered an asset.
  • Practical experience with PLCs and TwinCat is considered an asset.
  • A basic knowledge of Linux is considered an asset.
  • You are a real team player, able to collaborate with colleagues in Leuven and institutes abroad.
  • Regular short missions abroad (Consortium partners in various European countries, La Palma) are not a problem for you.

Enthousiast over deze vacature

For more information please contact Mrs. Silvia Janssens, tel.: +32 16 32 83 66.

Contact for specific questions on the contents of the job:
dr. Gert Raskin (gert.raskin@kuleuven.be)
Instituut voor Sterrenkunde , KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200D, 3001 Leuven
+32 16 32 75 31 of +32 16 32 33 46

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Over KU Leuven:

The Institute of Astronomy at KU Leuven is a young and vibrant research group of some 50 researchers, engineers and administrative staff. The institute is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which conducts research in various domains in modern physics in order to understand the fundamentals of physics. It contains several research units comprising activities in physical acoustics and thermal physics, biophysics, nuclear and radiation physics, semiconductor physics, solid state physics, theoretical physics and astronomy. The department belongs to the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Science, and currently counts about 350 staff members.

The Institute of Astronomy is a partner in wide range of international networks and research projects developing astronomical telescopes and instruments for international observatories and space missions. For the European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT, operational in 2024) we are developing the control system for the mid-infrared instrument METIS. On La Palma (Canary Islands) we run the small but performant Mercator telescope, equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. The control of these instruments and telescopes is primarily based on industrial PLC systems. For these developments we are looking for an engineer with a passion for control technology and astronomy.

More information on the Institute of Astronomy, the ELT-project and the Mercator telescope can be found here:
• fys.kuleuven.be/ster
• www.eso.org/sci/facilities/eelt
• metis.strw.leidenuniv.nl
• www.mercator.iac.es

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