The Institute of Astronomy at KU Leuven is a young and vibrant research group of some 50 researchers, engineers and administrative staff. The institute is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which conducts research in various domains in modern physics in order to understand the fundamentals of physics. It contains several research units comprising activities in physical acoustics and thermal physics, biophysics, nuclear and radiation physics, semiconductor physics, solid state physics, theoretical physics and astronomy. The department belongs to the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Science, and currently counts about 350 staff members.
The Institute of Astronomy is a partner in wide range of international networks and research projects developing astronomical telescopes and instruments for international observatories and space missions. For the European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT, operational in 2024) we are developing the control system for the mid-infrared instrument METIS. On La Palma (Canary Islands) we run the small but performant Mercator telescope, equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. The control of these instruments and telescopes is primarily based on industrial PLC systems. For these developments we are looking for an engineer with a passion for control technology and astronomy.
More information on the Institute of Astronomy, the ELT-project and the Mercator telescope can be found here: