The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 70 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.
 
As part of the University of Barcelona, it is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection.
 
The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.
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The technology unit of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) opens several positions in microelectronics design.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 70 long term scientists, more than 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

The selected candidates will be involved in the R&D of new ground and space instruments for some of the scientific key international projects, among others: LHCb detector at CERN, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) observatory and the High Energy cosmic-Radiation Detection (HERD).

The ICCUB technology unit has an important technology transfer activity in medical imaging and single photo sensor readout technology. Some of our developments have been transferred to the industry. The selected candidates will be also involved in this activity, in coordination with international leading research centers and industries.

In particular, they will be involved in PETVISION Pathfinder Open project funded by European Innovation Council (EIC).

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:   

As a research engineer specialized in ASIC design there are several tasks to be performed by the candidates. These are the capacities requested for the candidates (not all of them are required for the candidate)

  • Analog ASIC design:
    • definition of specifications
    • circuit design and layout
    • floor-planning
    • Sign-off
    • writing of the technical operating documentation and the simulation and test reports
  • Digital ASIC design:
    • Experience in VHDL or Verilog, and TCL scripting.
    • Knowledge of the full design flow: from RTL description, to synthesis, physical implementation, post layout verification and generation of a clean GDS.
    • Low-power optimization techniques.
  • Characterization:
    • Experience with lab instrumentation.
    • Testing, verification and characterization
    • Calibration & characterization
    • Participation in test beams
    • Participation in radiation qualification campaigns
  • The candidate will collaborate effectively with all parts of the ASIC design: from definition to conception and until evaluation.
  • The candidate must be able to work in collaboration with other engineers. 
  • The selected selected candidates will work  in the follow-up of the projects, writes the documentation and publications and makes the associated presentations
  • The selected candidates will advise the users (physicists and engineers directly attached to the research groups) on the operation of the circuits
  • The selected candidates will collaborate with groups from different research centers and industries

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Engineering degree or equivalent with additional training and relevant experience oriented towards electronics, computer science and development of ASICs.
  • Good knowledge of electronics and excellent knowledge of computer tools for ASIC design (Cadence) and simulation (spectre).
  • Written and oral proficiency in English to perform all tasks described in both languages

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Good knowledge of digital and signoff tools (Cadence Genus & Innovus tools).
  • A PhD in electronics will be positively considered.
  • A few years of professional experience in ASIC development will be positively considered.

 

OTHER COMPETENCIES:

 Human capacity for conciliation and negotiation

  • Ability to manage, plan and anticipate tasks before execution
  • Ability to organize large international projects
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in parallel
  • Ability to follow, acquire and master the latest high-tech techniques

 

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS:

The position is offered for two years, with the possibility of extending them up to a total of four years. 

Gross annual salary will be commensurate with experience of the candidate and includes social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE:

Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, including education, experience, list of publications and  presentations, and a letter of motivation including research interests.

Applicants must email Dr. David Gascon Fora (dgascon@fqa.ub.edu) with the Curriculum Vitae (CV) in free format and a motivation letter.

The selection process, according to the number of applicants, will consist of curricular pre-selection and a candidate interview.

  1. Curriculum vitae of the applicant. It is important to provide detail concerning tasks, technologies and tools used in previous jobs. Up to 60 points.
  2. Candidate interview. In this interview, the candidate has to demonstrate problem-solving skills and technical skills, up to 40 points.

The applicant must score at least 80 points to pass the assessment.

Application will be open until positions are filled.

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT:

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.

 

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF COSMOS SCIENCES:

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

As part of the University of Barcelona, the ICCUB is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in physical sciences to apply. For additional information, please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.

The Gaia group (https://gaia.ub.edu/) of the Institut de Ciències del Cosmos de la Universitat de Barcelona (https://icc.ub.edu/) offers 2 PhD Positions within the Milky Way Gaia Doctoral Network “Revealing the Milky Way with Gaia” (Spain PI Carme Jordi). The Doctoral Network consists of 10 academic partners across Europe at which 12 PhD students will be researching a range of topics based on Gaia and other data.

 

PhD 1 description:

Title: Revealing weak substructures in the MW

 

Description: Precise astrometry of Gaia DR2/EDR3 has allowed the detection of many structures in the MW from clusters and star forming regions to moving groups and stellar streams, some of them known and many previously unnoticed. The data has also permitted to rule out some of the groups previously claimed. In parallel, the kinematic studies with Gaia DR3 carried out so far in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) have revealed rich complexities and substructures in its disk.

Additional information in both data sets, namely the MW and the LMC, especially ages and chemical composition, will allow us to understand the nature of the groups and substructures and put them in the context of the MW formation and evolution. The ESR will extend existing all-sky structure-finding and clustering methodologies to the third Gaia Data Release by including its new data products (information from low and high-resolution spectra like extinction and chemical composition) and complementary measurements based on ground surveys (WEAVE, OCCASO, APOGEE, LAMOST, MIRADAS, Pan-STARRS, JPLUS/JPAS, LSST, Euclid, among others). The increase of the dimensionality of the approach and the globally improved precision of Gaia DR3 will allow it to identify tiny/weak structures unnoticed so far because of the domination of the field population. This will be applied to study the completeness of the current open clusters’ catalogues and the interaction between nearby galaxies, the process of clusters disruption by the identification of their tidal tails and extended coronas, the identification of hidden subpopulations of specific types of stars like white dwarfs (to identify the very cold ones constraining the age of the populations they belong to) or RR-Lyrae (tracing substructures in distant halo streams and the Magellanic Clouds). The UB group is deeply involved in the development of such algorithms applied to Gaia DR2/EDR3/DR3 and in some ground based spectroscopic surveys like OCCASO, WEAVE and MIRADAS. The UB group also has well established collaborations with the JPLUS/JPAS and APOGEE teams and the future 4MOST project.

The PhD candidate will develop multi-dimensional methods to identify groups of stars in areas where the stellar field population dominates. Application of these methods to analyse the full sky with Gaia EDR3, DR3 and complementary data. The advantages and limitations of the methods and data will be identified, and will constitute inputs for the WP5 roadmap. Analysis of the detected structures, both in the MW and Magellanic Clouds in the context of the MW formation and evolution. Methods and results will be disseminated through peer reviewed papers.

The candidate is expected to spend 2 secondment stays in universities in France and Sweden.

 

Contact: Dr. Mercè Romero-Gómez (mromero (at) fqa.ub.edu)

 

 

PhD 2 description:

Title: The joint star-formation, migration, and habitability history of the Galactic disc

 

Description: The PhD candidate will develop a framework that allows better determination of the Galactic star-formation history and the stellar mixing rate as a function of time and position in the Galactic disc from basic observations of stellar age, metallicity, and kinematics, accounting also for non-diffusive stellar mixing.

The PhD candidate will take advantage of two things: larger samples because of Gaia and the ongoing/future spectroscopic surveys (like WEAVE and 4MOST), and novel determination of ages accounting for possible unresolved binaries (also a task for the ESR; benchmarked by asteroseismic observations from Kepler, CoRoT, K2, TESS, and eventually PLATO).

The influence of stellar migration on the Galactic Habitable Zone is a completely unexplored and exciting terrain connecting Galactic Astrophysics to exoplanet research. Using the more precise migration models obtained in the first part of the project, the PhD candidate will characterise the time evolution of the habitable-planet hosting star population around and beyond the solar vicinity. This type of study will also benefit from sophisticated comparisons to state-of-the-art cosmological Milky Way models, especially for modelling the statistical influence of cosmic radiation on potential planet host stars and for determining the occurrence rate of accreted exoplanets.

The candidate is expected to spend 2 secondment stays in universities in the Netherlands and France.

 

Contact: Dr. Friedrich Anders (fanders (at) fqa.ub.edu)

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Gross salary per year: 32000-36000€ (depending on family circumstances)

 

Funding: H2020 / Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

 

Work location: Dept. Física Quàntica i Astrofísica, Universitat de Barcelona

 

Requirements: Master Degree or equivalent 

 

Eligibility criteria: The applicant should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the recruitment date — unless as part of a compulsory national service or a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

 

Skills: Degree on Physics, Mathematics or equivalent, experience on programming, high academic grades, good communication skills, proactive attitude, good team skills.

 

How to apply: Send application letter, CV and list of University courses taken and transcripts of grades obtained (i.e., original transcript and also a translated version if not in English or Spanish - no need to have it notarized)  to Dr. Lola Balaguer (lbalaguer (at) fqa.ub.edu)

 

Application deadline: March 31st, 2023.

 

Additional comments: The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Priority will be given to people with disabilities (article 59 Law 5/2015  of October 30), according to the basic Statute of Public Employees.

 

About the Institute of Cosmos Sciences: 

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

 

As part of the University of Barcelona, the ICCUB is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in physical sciences to apply. For additional information, please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.

 

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.

DEADLINE Fri, 27/1/2023 

Job description:

The recently established group in Quantum Communications@UB offers a postdoctoral position to work on the project “Hardware for Quantum Communications” within the Programa de Comunicaciones Cuànticas. The candidate will be supervised by Prof. Bruno Julia Diaz, part of the Many-Body Quantum Physics with Atoms and Light group (https://manboqu.fqa.ub.edu ). She/he will also work in close collaboration with Prof. Marti Duocastella (Dynamic Optical Systems Lab,  www.ub.edu/dlight ) and Prof. Jose Maria Gomez Cama. 

The project aims at developing a novel source of entangled photons with enhanced emission efficiency. Combining theoretical with experimental work, the key idea is to use a commercial two-photon polymerization printer to grow resonating structures around quantum dots. Ideally, the emission of the dot will be monitored continuously during the process allowing us to improve the device fabrication.

Candidates should hold a PhD in physics, or related fields, at the starting date of the contract. They are expected to have expertise in quantum technologies. 

 

Employment conditions:

The position is offered for two years, and it is expected to begin no later than September 2023. Gross annual salary is about 33.000€ per year, depending on the experience. This includes social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

 

Application procedure and deadline:

Please fill out this form with your information and the information of two referees who will provide recommendation letters for you. 

Once you submit this form you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your application materials:

- Curriculum Vitae

- List of publications

- Cover letter including research experience and interests (2 pages max).

 

The referees will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letters. 

Please note that your application will not be complete until you and at least one referee have uploaded the corresponding documents.

 

Applications will be welcome until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallarés (secretaria@icc.ub.edu)

For inquiries about the scientific aspects, please contact Bruno Julia,  brunojulia@ub.edu

 

About the Institute of Cosmos Sciences:

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

As part of the University of Barcelona, the ICCUB is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colorful neighborhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.

Contract financed by the European Union-NextGenerationEU-MICIIN(PRTR-C17. I1) and by the Generalitat de Catalunya.