Job Title: Facility and Infrastructure Manager
Job Ref.: FhP_Jobs_2021_03
Job Type: The successful candidate will be contracted as a member of the scientific support team under a term employment contract.
Job Salary: In accordance with work experience and qualification of the candidate.
Job Location: Campus of Mitra, Évora, Portugal.
Job Description and Responsibilities:
The initial phase (upcoming 2-3 years) of the new center will be governed by the remodelling of the AWAM building at the Campus of Mitra and the installation of a large variety of scientific setups, prototypes, and pilot plants. The aim is to create a scientific environment of world-leading standard and international visibility. The facility and infrastructure manager will be responsible for organizing and supervising the necessary reconstruction works at the building itself, the installation of technical infrastructure necessary for the scientific setups (heating, cooling, fine gas lines, liquid media, special electricity infrastructure, …) as well as remodelling and equipping the mechanical workshop. The candidate will work in close cooperation with the scientists of the center with respect to the installation of the larger scientific equipment. On a longer perspective, the facility and infrastructure manager will be responsible for failure-free operation of the building and the technical infrastructure, its constant updating and improvement, and adaption to meet changing requirements with research projects.
Personal Skills and Professional Experience:
Professional background and/or professional experience in installation, remodelling, or management of large technical infrastructure; preferentially in the scientific sector;
Experience in cooperation with architects, civil engineers, construction and infrastructure installation companies;
Experience with public procurement processes and public works are advantageous;
Capacity for teamwork in heterogeneous work groups;
Ability to adapt to changing demands and projects;
Excellent Portuguese and English language capabilities;
Willingness to participate in continued further education.
High school diploma or equivalent academic qualification (university degree preferred) in the areas of construction industry, civil engineering, infrastructure management, or similar.
What we offer:
Excellent work conditions;
Being part of the team of one of the most renown applied R&D institutions of the world;
Adequate salary (depending on the professional experience and academic degree);
Possibility to adhere to private health insurance plan;
Opportunities for further training.
Applications are permanently open until the ideal candidate is selected. A first “cut-off” day to evaluate applications will be the 30th of April 2021.
The selected candidate is expected to start working in June 2021.
Applications shall be sent by email and contain in one PDF file:
CV – mandatory;
Motivation Letter – mandatory;
Recommendation Letters are optional but also welcome.
Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research (Fraunhofer Portugal) is a private non-profit association that promotes and undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society. To this end, different Fraunhofer research centers with individual areas of expertise are operated under the roof of Fraunhofer Portugal. A new center dedicated to “Smart Agriculture and Water Management” is currently being established which originates from a partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft), Fraunhofer Portugal, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of Portugal, the Universidade de Évora and the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in Vila Real.
The partners felt a need for the establishment of an institution for applied research in this specific field of science and technology as global agriculture is facing severe challenges due to growing population and climate change. New high tech approaches are needed to efficiently address e.g. the security of supply in terms of quantity and quality of food, the sustainability and environmental compatibility of farming, and the competitiveness of European farmers. Water availability is an important issue in this context which is closely connected to waste water treatment and water recycling in all parts of society. The main goal of this Fraunhofer center is therefore the development and application of new process technologies on the basis of a comprehensive data analysis and modelling to close regional loops of nutrients, water and energy. Process technologies will include but are not limited to membrane technology, general process engineering, sensors and sensor grids and energy systems. To this end, research activities will be pursued in close cooperation with industrial partners in the following areas:
Development, demonstration and application of process technologies, especially regarding separation processes with e.g. membrane technology, sensor technology as well as energy, to facilitate efficiency in agriculture, forestry and water management;
Integration of digitalization and development of highly automated, partially self-regulating systems to meet the requirements of “smart agriculture” and “smart water management”, and their demonstration with prototypes and field experiments;
Process development and application in line with concepts of environmental sustainability, taking into account ecosystem preservation and services, and a circular economy approach.
In order to establish and expand its project competences, Fraunhofer Portugal is now looking for applications from candidates interested in the particular fields addressed by the new center, who are capable of providing excellent qualifications and skills within the requirements described above.
Important observation: This job opening is pending on the approval of an investment proposal submitted to the Portuguese Funding Programme Alentejo 2020.
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