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.

You 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. You will be also involved in this activity, in coordination with international leading research centers and industries.

Job description

As a research engineer specialized in ASIC design there are several tasks to be performed by you. 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
  • You will collaborate effectively with all parts of the ASIC design: from definition to conception and until evaluation.
  • You 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
  • You will advise the users (physicists and engineers directly attached to the research groups) on the operation of the circuits
  • You will collaborate with groups from different research centers and industries

Requirements

  • You must hold an engineering degree or equivalent with additional training and relevant experience oriented towards electronics, computer science and development of ASICs. A PhD in electronics will be positvely considered.
  • 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 few years of professional experience in ASIC development will be positively considered.

Other competences:

  • 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 three years.

Gross annual salary will be commensurate with your experience 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 (dgason@fqa.ub.edu) or Dr. Sergio Gómez Fernández (sgomez@fqa.ub.edu) with the Curriculum Vitae (CV) in free format and a motivation letter. Application will be open until positions are filled. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternaty or paternity, among others.

Selection process:

The selection process, according to the number of applicants, will consist of curricular pre-selection and an 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. An interview. In this interview, you have to demonstrate problem-solving skills and technical skills, up to 40 points.

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

Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre 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.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the Institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

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.

We are offering a 3-year post-doctoral position in time-domain astronomy at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences at the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), Spain. The postdoctoral researcher will join the research group led by Dr. Nadejda Blagorodnova, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Project CET-3PO.

The group research will focus on the study of the common envelope phase in massive binaries with observations of luminous red novae (LRNe) transients, their progenitors, and their precursor emission. As a member of the research group, the postdoctoral researcher will have privileged access to data and observational resources from the BlackGEM survey partnership, and will be involved in the large international collaborations of Transients and Variable Stars Science Collaboration (LSST), and ZTF.

The first year of the position will primarily focus on: 1) identification of likely LRNe progenitors in nearby galaxies, and 2) development and optimization of selection strategies for the early detection of LRNe and their precursors from alerts issued by LSST, BlackGEM and ZTF transient surveys. Subsequent research will focus on the coordinated follow-up of LRNe and other astrophysical transients (depending on the interests of the candidate), and the observational multi-wavelength study exploiting the early scientific results of the surveys. The successful candidate will be encouraged to take part in the supervision of master students and/or PhD students.

Applicants must have a PhD in Physics, Astrophysics or related fields, or be on track to obtain it by the time the contract starts. Previous experience in observational astronomy, computational astronomy, astrostatistics, or large transient surveys would be appreciated. Positions can start as early as October 2022, but no later than January 2023. Gross annual salary will be in the range of 40 to 46 k€, depending on experience, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children. A generous research and travel allowance is also provided.

Applications should be in English, and must include the following:

  • CV
  • Publication list
  • Statement of research interests (max 3 pages)
  • Two letters of reference. These should be sent directly to cet3po@gmail.com
  • email subject*

    CET3PO CODI RN002256250422

 

The review process will start immediately, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

We regard diversity as an asset within a team, and welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center hosting 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.

Acronym*

CET-3PO

Project title*

Common Envelope Transients – Progenitors, Precursors, and Properties of their Outbursts

IP*

Nadejda Blagorodnova Mujortova

Department*

Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics

 

Gross salary per year*

40 – 46 k€

 

Additional information: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/776933 

 

We invite applications for a 4-year Ph.D. position in time-domain astronomy at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences at the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), Spain. The Ph.D student will join the research group led by Dr. Nadejda Blagorodnova, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Project CET-3PO.

The group research will focus on the study of the common envelope phase in massive binaries with observations of luminous red novae (LRNe) transients, their progenitor systems, and their precursor emission. The student will work with the large transient surveys of BlackGEM, LSST, and ZTF, and lead the multi-wavelength observational study of LRNe, and the modelling of their massive binary progenitors using detailed evolutionary codes. As a member of the research group, the student will have privileged access to data and observational resources from the BlackGEM survey partnership, and will be involved in the large international collaborations of Transients and Variable Stars Science Collaboration (LSST), and ZTF.

An MSc in astronomy or related field is required. Positions can start as early as October 2022, but no later than January 2023. The remuneration includes full benefits, and includes a generous research and travel allowance.

The application should be in English, and must include the following:

  • CV
  • A motivation letter where you introduce yourself, describe your motivation for applying, your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work or other research activities), and your research interest and future goals (max 3 pages).

The applications need to be sent by June 15th, 2022 to cet3po@gmail.com. The review process will start immediately, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

We regard diversity as an asset within a team, and welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center hosting 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 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.