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Detector Electronics Expert

The European Spallation Source has a vacancy for a Detector Electronics Expert

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 13 Jun 2021
  • Sweden | European Spallation Source
  • Date posted: 20 May 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Electronics & semiconductors  | Accelerators, neutron & light sources 

The European Spallation Source, ESS, a partnership of European countries, is hiring motivated and inspired people to plan, design, and construct the world’s most powerful neutron source. We seek ambitious, talented people in different fields who are excited about playing a part in the future of science in Europe.

ESS can offer a variety of things, such as passionate and international colleagues, a vibrant melting pot of diversity, and a challenging, exciting and high paced work environment. We value and need expertise, innovative minds and great ways of leading and interacting with people from all over the world.

Come and change the world with us!

The Technical Directorate at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, invites applications for a Detector Electronics Position at the ESS headquarters in Lund.

Description of group

In the construction phase of ESS, the Detector Group is responsible for ensuring successful construction, installation and integration of detectors for all neutron instruments. The Detector Production Section, in collaboration with the other parts of the group, is responsible for design, construction and assembly of four unique Neutron Detectors that are to be integrated with Neutron Instruments provided by external In-kind partners. The section comprises detector scientists, mechanical and electronic engineers, QA/QC staff, technicians and assembly personnel . The production section will work in close collaboration with the detector systems coating section (based in Linkoping).

Description of main responsibilities

This position will be responsible for the electronics of the detectors under construction. The successful candidate will be an experienced electronics expert participating in the outsourcing, building and integration of the electronics for the neutron detectors . The candidate will offer expertise to the detector build teams and will work closely with other members of the detector group to achieve efficient integration with the standardised ESS detector electronics readout. The main working space is the detector facility, and there will be specific jobs which will need to be done at other facilities in Lund.

The detector facility is a workshop space equipped to the highest standards to be utilised for building the ultimate neutron detector technologies. You will have the opportunity to visit other collaborating partners, neutron centres, as necessary. Most of the work will comprise ensuring that the electronics data acquisition for the detectors under the responsibility of the detector production section are built and successfully commissioned for ESS instruments. In particular, the provision and integration of the front end electronics will be a core part of the role.

This position will be key in detector construction activities of the detector group. Interaction with other members of the detector group and reaching out to new and existing suppliers and in-kind partners will be an important part of this role.

This is an opportunity for the successful candidate to acquire and develop skills and be involved in the creation of a world-class facility. We are working with world leading partners to achieve something very special, to contribute to becoming a leading research facility.


We are looking for a self-motivated person, with practical experience in technical workshops and, ideally, building detector demonstrators or similar devices. In particular, we are seeking knowledge, skills and competence in some, or all, of the following:

  • Masters or bachelor in electronics electronic engineering, or physics.
  • Prior experience with detector front-end electronics (utilising ASICs) and data acquisition for detectors is highly desirable, in particular a demonstrated ability in designing, prototyping, commissioning and/or operating such equipment.
  • Understanding of grounding and experience with suppressing sources of electronic noise. Experience with PCB design (soldering and assembly) and production is desired.
  • Hands-on experience of board level circuit test using a range of test equipment (DMM, oscilloscopes, logic analysers etc.).
  • Experience in analog and digital signal processing.
  • Excellent programming and computing skills such as C++ or Python are a necessity.
  • As this position will involve working closely with collaborating institutes, a willingness to travel and to be able to work effectively in a team are essential.
  • Experience of working in an international research environment is an advantage.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite; knowledge of other European languages would be an advantage.

Other requirements

  • A precise person, attentive to detail, striving for the upmost quality, always looking to refine methods and techniques to improve the deliverable.
  • Able to multi-task and to work to deadlines.
  • Able to adapt to new challenges and to develop novel solutions.
  • Committed to working in a safe way and complying with all safety regulations and best practice.
  • Ability to work on your own as well as to be a team player offering your technical advice when required.

As a person, you must be a good listener and creative to solve technical problems. You must be flexible in your approach to work and prepared to tackle a very wide range of tasks in order to ensure successful and timely delivery. You must be a hands-on person, strongly motivated by the desire to deliver on time and determined to ensure the delivery of the detector electronics.

Duration and location

This is a time limited 3 year position to start asap. The position is based in Lund, Sweden.

Application and contact

Please provide your curriculum vitae and cover letter in English by clicking on “apply” and following the instructions.

Please note we only accept applications via the ESS website or ESS intranet (internal candidates are encouraged to apply through the intranet).

We will take candidates into the recruitment process continuously, so please do not hesitate to apply at your earliest convenience. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.

For more information regarding the ESS recruitment process in general, please follow this link

For further information regarding the position, please contact the recruiting manager, Richard Hall-Wilton,

For further information regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Officer, Karin Vandenborre,

For trade union information please contact Unionen/Conny Wendt at +46 46 888 34 63 or SACO/Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers/Riccardo Bevilacqua at +46 46 888 32 28.

We look forward to receiving your application!


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