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Geotechnical Civil 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 at 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.
Nikhef is looking for a candidate with at least a master’s degree in civil- or geotechnical engineering, to work in the ET Engineering Department.
The ET Engineering Department is charged with the design, procurement, installation, commissioning, operation, maintaining and eventually dismantling of the infrastructure and technical systems for ET research infrastructure independently of the location of the infrastructure (EMR or Sardinia).
The selected candidate will take an active role in the EU-wide ET collaboration and act as an interface between the geo efforts of the Engineering Department in collaboration with national institutes and the ET collaboration, translate user requirements into specifications and interfaces with the companies which will carry out the civil engineering works. He/she may in the future, when the ET organization is established, be in charge of the reception of the civil engineering works also resolving non conformities.
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