System Engineer for the Einstein Telescope

System Engineer for the Einstein Telescope

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21 Apr 7 Sep Amsterdam

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Job description

System Engineer for the Einstein Telescope

At Nikhef, approximately 195 physicists and 85 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together, they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. The Nikhef institute is a collaboration between six major Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO). Nikhef participates in large research collaborations, such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and in experiments in the research fields of gravitational waves, cosmic rays and astroparticle physics. Knowledge and technology transfer to third parties, i.e. industry, society and the general public, is an integral part of Nikhef’s mission. 

Nikhef is co-leading the effort to build the Einstein Telescope (ET), a future third-generation gravitational wave detector. The Einstein Telescope will be built in a 10 km large dedicated underground infrastructure to mitigate disturbances caused by environmental seismic noise and will implement advanced technology, such as quantum technologies. Custom infrastructures will be built to further reduce other environmental disturbances. The main objectives for the next three years, carried out by an international collaboration co-lead by Nikhef, are the characterization of possible sites, the Technical Design Report of the observatory and complete cost evaluation of the project. 

The position
Nikhef is looking for a systems engineer with a master’s degree to work in the ET Project Office. 
The selected candidate is an interdisciplinary engineer and will take an active role in the EU-wide ET organization. The focus will be primarily on the requirements management with the consequent stakeholder analysis, the management of the requirements database, audits, and the participation to the quality and configuration activity to provide a efficient method to assure cost, schedule and quality to the project. She/he may in the future, when the ET organization is established, move to the ET organization.





  • A master’s degree and experience in a high-tech environment as a systems engineer;
  • Experience in multidisciplinary project work involving mechanics, optics, electronics and software;
  • Experience with PLM tools like Teamcenter or 3Dexperience ….
  • Proficient in English verbal and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary international research team would be beneficial;
Candidates that do not meet all requirements, and are motivated to develop themselves, are also encouraged to apply.

Conditions of employment

Contract and location
Nikhef is a unique and inspiring place to work. The selected candidate will be employed by the NWO-I Foundation for a period of three years under the INFRA-Dev project conditions. The remuneration is between € 2980 and € 4740 based on full-time employment and depending on your age, education and experience. Furthermore, NWO-I offers a fixed 13th month and more than 8 weeks of paid holiday leave per year. The terms of employment of the NWO-I Foundation are excellent and can be found at: The work location will be mainly at Nikhef, Amsterdam. Traveling for meetings or workshops is part of the job.

Questions and applications
To apply, click the 'apply now' button below. Please be prepared to fill in a short template, and upload your CV and motivation letter. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Patrick Werneke by sending an email to . More information about Nikhef can be found at our website:


  • Research, development, innovation; Technical and laboratory
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • 1209215


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