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Mechatronics Engineer at ESRF

The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France.

Within the ESRF Instrumentation Services and Development Division (ISDD), you will join the Mechanical engineering group, comprising 50 engineers and technicians in charge of the development, design, construction and testing of new scientific instruments for the ESRF particle accelerator complex and experimental stations (beamlines).You will contribute to the modelling, design and tests of advanced high precision positioning devices integrating actuators, ultra-high precision displacement sensors and real time active feedback control systems. You will work in close relation with electronics and software engineers, within a mechatronics unit.


Your main duties and responsibilities are the following:

  • Carry out feasibility studies and conceptual design of advanced mechanical systems for the experimental facilities: high precision positioning mechanics, opto-mechanics, etc
  • Carry out the modelling of mechatronic system dynamics (transfer functions, simulations, error budgeting, etc) and contribute to associated engineering calculations
  • Select, propose, and validate the most efficient control strategy and laws and contribute to their implementation (Matlab – Simulink programming), in a collaborative process with the electronics and software engineers
  • Characterise the accuracy of high precision motorised systems in the dedicated lab equipped with nanometric precision measurement tools. Participate in the development of data acquisition and processing software, new measurement systems and in writing reports
  • Co-manage the activities in the Mechatronic Engineering Laboratory
  • Keep track of the latest technological developments of interest for the ESRF and make innovative proposals. Develop collaborations with others institutes in the field of mechatronics

You are expected to become the expert engineer for high precision motion systems integrating mechatronics solutions and be in charge of promoting these techniques within the ESRF.

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Post-doc Position in Low Frequency Cryogenic Seismic Isolation at the University of Liège

The position is for a 3 year term, starting April 1st 2020.

The Precision Mechatronics Laboratory (PML), hosted in Université Libre de Bruxelles and University of Liège, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in electromechanical engineering.

PML, led by prof. Christophe Collette, is conducting researches in active control of vibrations for several challenging applications including future particle colliders, deployable space telescopes, aerospace structures and light sources. Located at the heart of Europe, PML forms an exciting and multidisciplinary environment, ideal for cross-fertilization of novel ideas. The position will be focused on developing an active seismic isolation system for decoupling a large cryogenic mirror from ground motion at low frequency. This ambitious project will be conducted in close collaboration with a large consortium of universities and research institutes, with the ambition to validate experimentally key technologies for third generation gravitational wave detectors.

PML focuses of precision control of structures like gravitational wave detectors, satellites, deployable space telescopes, aerospace structures and light sources. The diversity of challenging applications forms an exciting and multidisciplinary environment, ideal for the cross-fertilization of novel ideas.

Applications should be sent directly to Prof. Collette ( and should contain:

  • Cover letter
  • List of publications
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Name, affiliation and email address of three referees

For more information, please contact Prof. Collette.