Software Engineer – Telescope control software (European Southern Observatory)


Garching near Munich, Germany

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The successful candidate will be responsible for the maintenance and support of the software applications on the distributed computer architecture that controls the telescopes and instruments, and the supporting systems.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance and support of software written in C/C++, TCL/Tk, Python and different Web technologies.
  • Troubleshooting and following up operational problems.
  • To be the software specialist in a multidisciplinary team performing commissioning/testing of new systems developed by external parties, and to act on the role of designer/developer for new internal applications.
  • Participate in general group activities and perform other tasks as assigned.
  • Maintaining reliable configuration management of the software systems and applications.


The candidate must have experience with:

  • C/C++ development
  • Linux environment
  • Python and Web technologies (Javascript/HTML) development
  • Databases (SQL and/or NoSQL)

It would be a plus if the candidate has experience in:

  • Real-time control systems
  • VxWorks/VMEBus
  • PLC development (Beckhoff/Siemens)
  • TCL/Tk development

Key Competences:

  • Builds and manages collaborative working relationships with customers.
  • Provides clear, concise and timely oral and written communications, identifying the key issues, examining options and proposing a way ahead.
  • Balances conflicting demands and responds quickly to changes in priorities in-line with agreed overall objectives.
  • Monitors progress of own work and delivers to agreed deadlines and standards.
  • Is flexible and adapts quickly to new ways of working or new responsibilities.
  • The ability to work in a team of engineers and astronomers, maintaining and improving complex equipment and systems.

The candidate should have a university degree in Software or Electronics Engineering, Computer Sciences or equivalent.

Language Skills: ESO is a multination organization and the official common language is English. The candidate should be able to communicate fluently in English, both for regular interactions and for technical discussions.

Další informace

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary and comprehensive medical and educational benefits, as well as financial help in relocating the candidate's family. The initial contract is for a period of two years with the possibility of indefinite extension, subject to evaluation. The title or grade may be subject to change according to qualification and the number of years of experience.

Duty Station: For the first six months: Paranal Observatory, in the II Region, 150km South of Antofagasta. Working schedule will be 8 days on duty and 6 days off duty (8x6) with accommodation provided on site. Transportation arrangements from and to Santiago are provided by ESO. After the initial six months, it is possible (but not obligatory) to implement a mixed shift schema, where each month includes one 8x6 shift and two weeks of regular Monday to Friday work in ESO office in Vitacura, Santiago.

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Nabídka vložena 21. 02. 2018 a vyprší 01. 03. 2018

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