Mechanical Engineer for Neutral Beam Ion Source (m/f/d)

Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Job Code: 24/009

Job offer from January 30, 2024

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as an institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (registered association) is the largest centre for fusion research in Europe with about 1100 employees in Garching near Munich and Greifswald. The scientists are investigating the physical principles for a fusion power plant which - like the sun - generates energy from the fusion of light atomic nuclei. The research is carried out in seven experimental and theoretical projects aimed at developing nuclear fusion into an inexhaustible and safe source of energy for the future.

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching offers within the department ITER Technology & Diagnostics (ITED) a position for a Mechanical Engineer (m/f/d) for the Development of the Neutral Beam Source. As a member of the Neutral Beam Injection (NBI) team at Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) Garching, the job holder will participate in the development of the RF-driven negative ion source for heating the plasma of fusion experiments (i.e. ITER) up to 100 million Kelvin. He/she will technically support the NBI test facilities BATMAN Upgrade and ELISE at IPP by implementing test bed upgrades, source modifications and diagnostic improvements. The work will be performed in Garching together with the IPP-NBI team.

Your tasks

  • To take care of the technically reliable operation of the test facilities ELISE and BATMAN Upgrade with all subsystems, such as vacuum pumps, cooling plant, etc.
  • To implement upgrades of the test beds, such as source modifications, diagnostic improvements or other test bed equipment, in particular
  • To design the required modifications including structural, thermal and fluid dynamics calculations
  • To take care of the procurement of components either by industry or by in house manufacturing
  • To supervise assembly and installation
  • To support commissioning of the components for these devices
  • To write technical reports and to present them in meetings and conferences
  • To collaborate with other European partners working in the same field, in particular a close collaboration with NBTF

Your profile

  • Master degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering
  • Experience in engineering projects
  • Good knowledge of vacuum and cooling technology
  • Very good knowledge of German and English is required
  • Good capability of using CAD software, in particular CATIA V5
  • Profound knowledge of applying FEM (ANSYS) for performing structural, thermal and fluid dynamics calculations
  • Good knowledge of negative ion source physics and technology is beneficial
  • Experience in operating experiments and programming is an advantage
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, high competence in teamwork

We offer

  • an interesting job at one of the largest research institutes for fusion research
  • flexible working hours
  • training and further education opportunities
  • company pension scheme
  • family service
  • further social benefits (e.g. capital-forming benefits, discounted public transport tickets (MVV IsarCardJob) and travel allowance)
The position will be based in Garching, Germany and is limited until December 31, 2025. The salary is based on the assignment of tasks and qualifications and goes up to pay group 13 according to the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD Bund). The selected candidate has to be approved by EUROFusion in a second application process.
The IPP seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply for this position. The IPP is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

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Are you currently interested?

Then we are looking forward to your complete online application until 28.02.2024.
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