We are hiring!

Would you like to collaborate in the development of several subsystems of the HARMONI instrument for the ELT telescope? At CAB we are recruiting for 3 positions in different disciplines!

The Centre for Astrobiology (CAB)

The CAB is a unique astrobiology research centre in Spain. Its transdisciplinary nature, its alliances, experience and track record make it a highly competitive environment, perfect for the development of the most relevant projects worldwide, such as Mars 2020, James Webb Space Telescope, Extremely Large Telescope/HARMONI, Exomars, Curiosity and Plato, among others.
It is a joint centre between CSIC and INTA, with its main headquarters at the INTA campus (Torrejón de Ardoz) and a secondary headquarters at ESA‘s European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC).

The ELT-HARMONI project

In the current race to unravel the mysteries of the universe, international organisations are working to build ever more powerful and precise telescopes and instruments, pushing the limits of technology. The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) will be the largest optical and infrared telescope ever built. HARMONI will be one of the first-light instruments, where the CAB is leading the design of two modules: the calibration module (CM) and a micro-precision electromechanical positioning system for the adaptive optics (LOWFS).
In this context, the CAB group responsible for the development of HARMONI is looking for three people to join its engineering team. The recruited people will have the opportunity to participate in a leading technological sector, in a unique project, and in an international environment collaborating first hand with other partners of the international HARMONI Consortium, formed by the leading experts in the development of astrophysical instrumentation, such as: University of Oxford, UK Astronomy Technology Centre (Edinburgh, UKATC), Durham University, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM), Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL), Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of Michigan.

Job positions

1. Mechanical Engineer

2. Optical Engineer

3. AIT Engineer

The tasks and minimum requirements for each position are specified in the document located at the end of this post.


If you are interested, please contact us at the following email addresses:

Full description

All the detailed information can be found in the following document: