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Optical Coating Engineer / Technician
Location: Paranal Observatory, Antofagasta, CHILE
The Paranal Observatory in northern Chile is one of the largest facilities used in
astronomy. Numerous telescopes are operated at the observatory: the four 8.2-m UTs with
their series of instruments, the survey telescopes VISTA and VST, and the interferometer
with its four movable 1.8-m (ATs) telescopes which span baselines between 8 and 202 m.The
Paranal Observatory is a large and complex facility involving most advanced technologies
in the areas of optics, precision mechanics, electronics, cryogenics, detector and
The System & Optics group is in charge of maintaining in operation all the telescope
mirrors, supporting all groups for coating and optics, and of system analysis and
performance assessment of the Observatory sub-systems in order to provide a reliable and
optimized system to scientific observations.
The selected candidate will work as Optical coating Engineer / Senior Technician within
the System and Optics Group, and under supervision of the Paranal/ELT coating system
S/he will be fully dedicated to the VISTA coating unit with the main following tasks:
• Complete the upgrade tasks of the machine, focused on the capabilities of reactive
• Perform all the functional tests to demonstrate that the coater is operational
• Prepare the documentation for a Test and Qualification Plan for a protected-silver
coating for applications like the several mirrors of the VLTI trains and a demonstration
for the ELT Project .
•Perform the testing campaign, adjust coating parameters to reach specifications: first
on float glass, then on optical glass samples (Zerodur® or equivalent)
•Contact external laboratories if deemed necessary for the qualification of the coating
recipe (in Chile or Europe)
•Prepare test samples for exposition to the local ambient environment.
•Prepare regular progress reports and a final Qualification report for the selected
The VISTA coating unit is a 5m diameter bell-jar type sputter coater equipped with 3 or 4
magnetrons and an ion source, located in the Auxiliary Building of the VISTA telescope,
in a clean area. We need to finalize a set of upgrades to perform reactive sputtering.
The selected candidate will have the help of the mechanical, electronic and optics group
and mechanical workshop on a case by case basis, but s/he shall work mainly
independently, with the support of the ELT coating engineer.
•At least a preliminary experience with sputtering deposition technology and equipment,
•Some knowledge in the use of TFCalc or other optical layer design software for design
and analysis purpose.
•Understanding the use and calibration of optical measurement devices (reflectometers,
spectrophotometers, ellipsometers, ...) and thin optical layer thickness measurement
devices (optical and mechanical.
•With some knowledge of vacuum technology and equipment.
•Knowledge of coating process control software and hardware, testing and quality control
of coated parts.
•Knowledge of optical surface cleaning before coating; might need as well to uncoat
samples by chemical process .
•Knowledge in accelerated aging tests for optical coatings.
•Proficient in the use of desktop software (Microsoft Office).
•Be able to work with some independence and with a good self-organization; time
management skills and good interpersonal communications are essential; ability and
willingness to work in a multi-cultural and multi-national environment .
•Be able to work in remote areas .
•Good communication skills.
•Working language is English and a very good knowledge of spoken and written English is
necessary. The position requires accurate understanding of existing documents, and
writing of documents (procedures, reports).
•Knowledge of Spanish or willingness to learn is an asset.
Compensation & Benefits:
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free),
comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well
as financial support in relocating your family, the possibility to place your
child/children in daycare.
The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is
the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most
productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme
focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing
facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.
ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in northern Chile: La Silla,
Paranal and Chajnantor (home to ALMA and APEX), and the ESO Headquarters are located in
Garching, near Munich, Germany.
At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced
visible-light astronomical observatory. ESO is a major partner in ALMA, the largest
astronomical project in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, ESO is building the 39-metre
Extremely Large Telescope, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky” and
whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.
Please visit https://recruitment.eso.org/ to begin the application process.
Date Posted: 08/06/17
Director of R&D-New Product Introduction
Location: Faribault, MN
IF YOU ARE A GREAT LEADER AND PROJECT MANAGER, UNDERSTAND NEW PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS, HAVE
WET AND/OR SPUTTER COATING KNOWLEDGE, AND ARE INNOVATIVE; READ ON….TRU VUE IS LOOKING FOR
Your Role: The R&D Director-New Product Introductions will apply best practices and the
team’s talent to add value to the business, through successfully: leading a team,
completing projects, innovate with products (new and existing), and coordinating internal
and external resources. You will represent the projects as well as set the vision and
Your Team: The R&D Director-New Product Introductions will lead the R&D team. This group
is responsible to meet the R&D goals and priorities.
What we are looking for: We are looking for a strong leader with developed analytical and
problem solving skills. You must have the ability to manage projects and processes
across functional areas. In addition to experience managing a technical group, the ideal
candidate will have:
• Bachelors in a technical field and R&D experience in a manufacturing environment.
• Previous experience with acrylic (preferred) or glass
• Experience with or knowledge of wet coating and application methods (for example:
roll, spray, dip, spin, etc.) and/or sputter coating processes
• Knowledge and experience with film characterization and surface analysis techniques
About Us: Tru Vue, a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, is a leader and innovator in the
protection and conservation of all things framed and displayed. We manufacture
high-performance glass and acrylic products for museums, picture frames, and electronic
We are a company where you can have an impact from day one. Our environment has an
entrepreneurial feel but with significant support and resources. As a Tru Vue team
member, you will have many opportunities to expand your skills and knowledge. You will
work with a team that believes in our products and is passionate about customer service.
Please visit http://www.tru-vue.com/careers to begin the application process.
Date Posted: 06/28/17