Automation Specialist (m/w) for Nature-based Solutions

We are searching for a motivated and experienced Automation Specialist to join our innovative technologies development team!

alchemia-nova GmbH, a Viennese-based Institute for research and innovation (, has been focused on innovative applied plant chemistry since 2006, with the aim of closing loops and facilitating a circular economy in combination with nature-based technologies and solutions. Our nature-inspired innovations typically incorporate plants and natural processes to treat polluted air and wastewater, remediate soil, capture metals and recover nutrients.

An opportunity has now become available within our technical development team for a hands-on and experienced Automation Specialist able to support the automation, development and monitoring of project prototypes, technologies and products. The salary consideration starts at EUR 2.100,00 per month (Gross for a 30 hour week, 14 x per year) and is negotiable relative to the applicant’s qualifications and professional experience.

Duties and responsibilities
The applicant will be responsible for carrying out following tasks autonomously:

  • Drawing of P&ID, electrical and bus diagrams
  • Programming and wiring of PLC´s and dataloggers according to functional requirements
  • Writing of functional description
  • Selection and procurement of sensors, actuators, pumps, and network equipment
  • Set-up of network devices for remote access
  • Comissioning and follow up of the installation
  • Electrical installations with up to 400V three phase power supply
  • Coordination with other companies involved in the task
  • CE-label applications (not essential)

Job Qualifications

  • A least 2 years experience in automation
  • Knowledge and experience with IEC 61131-3 Standard programming languages (mainly Ladder Diagram and Function Block Diagram)
  • Certification and legally recognised training for work on electrical installations
  • Related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge and experience in industrial protocols (Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP, M-Bus, etc. )
  • Knowledge in programming languages Python, C++, JSON

Specific Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license, flexibility and the readiness to travel EU-wide for installations
  • Long-term perspective & willingness to learn
  • Proficient verbal and written English and working knowledge in German
  • Critical thinking, adaptability and creativity
  • Efficient, reliable and independent work approach
  • Contributing to the team spirit through effective communication and projecting a positive work ethic
  • Openness to innovations and a strong commitment to sustainable practices and circular economy principles
  • European citizenship or valid work permit for Austria

How to apply

We look forward to receiving your application documents in single PDF file (max. 3MB) by e-mail to Francesco Menconi at

  • A short cover letter describing your motivation for applying for this position
  • A current CV including with actual photograph
  • A short description explaining why you believe you possess the skills and experiences listed in the “Qualifications & Requirements” section
  • Any additional material you may wish to share

Applications close: 31st of May 2022
Employment start date: ASAP