SRON's mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.
The SRON team develops and tests the detector read-out chain based on a state-of-the-art super-conducting Transition Edge Sensor detector array operating at millikelvin temperatures. The pixels are read-out by Frequency Division Multiplexing. The read-out electronics operate at MHz frequencies and consists in essence of superconducting high-Q LC-filters and SQUID amplifiers.
- Within a team of instrument scientist and engineers you will be responsible for tests of the Focal Plane Assembly and interpretation and reporting of the results. For this, existing experimental setups are available, as well as measurement scripts and data-analysis software.
- You will operate the cryogenic He3/He4 dilution cooler, and install and modify the test setup in it.
- You will contribute to improvements of the measurement procedures.
- The focus of your role will depend on your previous experience relevant to the fields of interest.
- Education in experimental physics, at a level of, Master or PhD.
- Experience in measurement electronics, software engineering or instrumentation is considered as a plus.
- The ideal candidate has experience with superconducting device-characterization (SQUIDs, detectors), and cryogenic facilities.
- Innovative and creative, and able to deliver within the boundaries of the project timeline;
- Good verbal and written communication skills (in English).
- Team player, working well as part of a diverse team.
- Ability to work in a continuously changing environment.
Employment of this full-time position as an Instrument Scientist at SRON-Utrecht is by NWO-I (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research Institutes) and will be for a period of three years, with the possibility of a contract extension. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO-I, with a maximum of € 4,339.00 gross per month, depending on experience. SRON-Utrecht will move to Leiden in 2021.
For further information about the position, please contact Dr Ruud Hoogeveen, telephone +31-(0)88 5703 or Dr Jian-Rong Gao (head of the group), telephone +31-88 777 5710. Information about SRON can be found at www.sron.nl
Letter of application
If you wish to apply you can send a motivation letter with CV and the name(s) and address(es) of reference(s) (incl. phone and email) via mail to email@example.com.
Please state the vacancy number "SRON 1501" in the subject of your mail. Applications will be accepted until 24 February 2019. We will consider applications until the vacancy is filled.
Online screening may be part of the selection procedure.
In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to female applicants.
No commercial propositions please.