Specialist staff member - expert mechanical design

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Sep 2023

8 Sep 2023
Job Information

University of Antwerp
Research Field

Engineering » Materials engineering
Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Engineering » Other
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

28 Sep 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Let’s shape the future - University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp  is a dynamic, forward-thinking university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Together we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape. 

The University of Antwerp’s Physics Department of the Faculty of Science is looking for a full-time specialist staff member - expert in the field of mechanical design


The position includes the following tasks:

  • You will be a member of the Einstein Telescope (ET) Collaboration that envisages the construction and operation of a 3rd  generation gravitational wave interferometer by 2035
  • You will join the Beam Pipe Vacuum group under the Instrument Science Board of the ET project
  • You will design and model the structural mechanics of ET’s 120km long Beam Pipe Vacuum system based on various manufacturing solutions: sectioned, corrugated, and large monovolume solutions
  • You will investigate the structural and vacuum properties of these various solutions
  • You will contribute to the technical design report of ET’s beam pipe vacuum system, and to the construction and testing of a pilot sector at CERN by 2025

In your role, you take instructions and regulations into account with a view to achieving predefined objectives.


  • You have a professional or academic Bachelor in mechanical design or equivalent competences gained through prior work experience.
  • You have specific knowledge of the assigned domain: structural mechanics, manufacturing and material technologies.
  • You are proficient in MS Office.
  • You have good oral and written knowledge of English, and/or French.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have strong skills in planning and organisation.

What we offer

  • We offer a temporary contract for a period of two years, and a project associate contract at CERN
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary within pay band 5.1-7.1 of the pay scales  of the Administrative and Technical Staff. Your entry-level grade (usually grade 5) depends on your relevant professional experience. If you work part time, your salary is calculated proportionally on the basis of your employment percentage.
  • You will receive meal vouchers, ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, group insurance, an income protection insurance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • We offer flexible working hours.
  • You will have 40 days of annual leave and collective leave for 1 week when the university is closed, between Christmas and New Year.
  • You will do most of your work at the Vacuum, Surfaces and Coatings group (Technology Department) of CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here  and discover all the other benefits .

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this job through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including September 28 2023, 23:00 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply for job', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following document(s): cover letter and your extended CV.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next step(s) in the selection procedure. Please make a note of the following dates: October 10 2023, decision of the selected candidates and invitations for interviews.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the Frequently Asked Questions  or send an email to jobs@uantwerp.be . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact dr. Nick van Remortel, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium nick.vanremortel@uantwerpen.be .

The University of Antwerp is a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity  and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply. 

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

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University of Antwerp
Postal Code
Prinsstraat 13

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