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Mechanical Engineer – Space Applications at Institute of Physics Czech Academy of Sciences

Aug 14, 2020

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is looking for a new colleague to join the LISA project team at the position of Mechanical Engineer – Space Applications
Deadline for application: September 15th, 2020.

About the Institute:
The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU) is a public research institution, focusing on basic and applied research in physics. FZU is the largest of the institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1300 employees, including a considerable number of international workers. The ambition of FZU is to push forward the boundaries of knowledge and to conduct first-rate research in the fields of elementary particles, condensed systems and solid particles, optics, plasma physics and laser physics.

Project description:
FZU is collaborating on space mission LISA, which will detect gravitational waves. FZU is contributing to mission critical space hardware – especially to piezo mechanisms, their development and tests. The participation in other space missions is currently under a discussion. The work is typically done in cooperation with other institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences and technological companies in the Czech Republic.


  • Gathering technical requirements, communication with local and international partners, both industrial and academic.
  • Participate on conceptual designs of space mechanisms with special focus on redundancy, thermal stability, vibrations etc.
  • Participate on design iterations of precise mechanisms based on piezo technology and flexure hinges. Other principles are also under investigation.
  • Basic thermal and vibration calculations using FEM methods, cooperation with FEM specialists during design iterations.
  • Participation on mechanism stability/resolution measurement method development, design of test stands, participation in measurements.

Required qualifications:

  • Experience with 3D design using some of the CAD systems.
  • Experience with FEM calculations using some of the specialized software packages.
  • Experience with precision mechanics design.
  • Experience with piezo technology.
  • English language – advanced in reading, writing, communicating.
  • Driving licence.
  • Master degree in mechanical engineering, physics or similar.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Good team-working skills.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Space mechanisms development experience is an advantage.

Why should you apply?

  • Working in an international, creative and highly motivated environment
  • Cutting-edge research topics with high application potential
  • Working in a multidisciplinary research team
  • A stimulating and friendly supervising and mentoring environment
  • Unique research facilities
  • Training and development possibilities (seminars, workshops, conferences)
  • Soft skills trainings (project management, grant applications, etc.)
  • Language courses
  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working hours
  • And more benefits such as Multisport card, meal vouchers, cooperate kindergarten, etc.

Terms of employment:
The initial period of employment is 1 year (further extension is then possible and expected), starting as soon as possible, depending of the availability of the applicant.

Application procedure:
Please send a motivation letter, your CV, a list of publications and two references to
Mgr. Simona Dačeva, Na Slovance 1999/2 | 182 21 Prague 8 | Czech Republic Tel.: +420 266 053 425 | Email: daceva(at)

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