Technician in Physical Measurements and
Scientific Instrumentation

Location: Saint Martin d'Heres, France
Job ID: VN 2024-01

Introduction: IRAM is an international research institute affiliated with MPG (Max-Planck Gesellschaft, Germany), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), and IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional, Spain). It operates two world-class observatories: the 30-meter telescope located at Pico Veleta near Granada in Spain and the 12-antenna NOEMA interferometer in the French Alps. IRAM also conducts an ambitious instrumentation development program (more information at

Job Description:

Ensure the startup, adjustment, and operation of astronomical observations as well as the monitoring of the NOEMA interferometer. Interact with both the scientific teams using the instrument's data and the technical teams responsible for its maintenance.

Main Activities:

  • Use software applications for adjusting and controlling the interferometer.
  • Monitor the proper functioning of the installation and perform appropriate checks.
  • Detect malfunctions, participate in diagnosis and troubleshooting.
  • Ensure the safety of the instrument based on weather conditions.
  • Ensure the site's security monitoring.

Other Activities:

  • Participate in collective activities (testing new equipment, moving telescopes along their tracks, etc.).
  • Welcome the public during observatory visits.

Profile Sought:

  • DUT in physical measurements or equivalent, or experience in a similar position (physical measurements, scientific instrumentation, etc.).
  • Minimum 2 years of experience preferred.
  • Category B driving license required.
  • IT skills: basic logical programming (such as Fortran, C, Python, MATLAB, etc.), use of command-line interface.
  • Good oral/written communication skills.
  • English level A2 (Elementary) or higher.

General Working Conditions:

  • Place of work: Plateau de Bure (05) - NOEMA Observatory. Accommodation and meals provided on-site.
  • Work in an isolated and high-altitude environment (2550 meters) for periods of 7 days.
  • Work schedule: 1 week on/2 weeks off cycle.
  • Work independently within a small team.

What We Offer:

  • Full-time permanent contract (CDI).
  • 13th-month bonus and other specific bonuses.
  • Salary: from €25K to €35K depending on qualifications and experience.

If you are interested in working at one of the most advanced millimeter-wave radio astronomy observatories in Europe, please send your CV along with a cover letter to the IRAM Human Resources Department ( under the reference VN 2024-01.

posted: 24 May 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.