IRAM is an international research organisation for millimetre and sub-millimetre astronomy supported by the CNRS (France), the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), and the IGN (Spain). IRAM operates two world-class research facilities, a 30-meter single-dish telescope (Spain) and the mm/submm interferometer NOEMA (France). The scientific capabilities of the 30-meter telescope are continuously enhanced with state-of-the-art technology such as for EMIR, the multi-wavelength heterodyne frontend, and the large field-of-view continuum 1mm/2mm camera NIKA2. The 30-meter telescope is currently undergoing a thorough process of upgrade, including a full upgrade of the servo control system and improvements of the primary mirror surface.


The telescope group at IRAM/Granada, Spain, is responsible for the maintenance of the 30-meter telescope, notably the hardware subsystems as the prime reflector, sub-reflector, mount, thermal control, electrical systems, etc.


IRAM seeks a telescope engineer at IRAM/Granada. Reporting to Head of the Group, and in close collaboration with the other members of the group, the position holder will perform the tasks summarised below. It is assumed that the duties to be carried out are not limited to those below and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt are required.


  • Maintenance of the mechanical and electronic components of the telescope (servo-control, telescope surface, telescope deicing system, thermal control, gears, motors, etc.)
  • Maintenance of the observatory infrastructure (timing, meteorological station, air conditioning, electricity, water supply, fire extinguishing system, etc.)
  • Telescope calibration (pointing model, efficiencies, etc.)
  • Support to VLBI observing campaigns
  • Support of the maintenance of back-ends in close collaboration with the specialist in the Astronomy Group.


The duty station will be the observatory in Loma Dílar near Pico Veleta (in Sierra Nevada), in shifts of 4 days/week.


A degree or MSc in engineering or Physics is required. Experience in the maintenance and/or operation of similar facilities will be a strong asset.


A good level of English is required, Spanish and/or French knowledge is considered a plus. If requested a Spanish language training will be provided.


The position is permanent (after a probation of 6 months). IRAM offers an inspiring working environment, a competitive salary and social benefit packages.


Applications should be sent as one pdf file to the IRAM-Granada personnel department,


Inquiries should be addressed to the station manager Miguel Sánchez-Portal,