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Space radiation testing engineer

Cobham RAD Europe Ltd
Cobham RAD’s European office is located in Harwell, UK, and provides radiation testing services to customers in the space, nuclear and industrial sectors. We aim to provide our customers with radiation testing services that meet or exceed their requirements and expectations in terms of quality and reliability. Integrity, reliability and technical excellence are at the heart of our business model. For more information on us, please visit our website at www.cobham.com/rad

Working at Cobham RAD
We offer you a working environment with an ever changing range of customer jobs, from materials analysis to complex, System-on-Chip and FPGA system testing, via subsystems and equipment of all kinds. Irradiation facilities include our own TID test chamber with Cobalt-60 sources to accelerator facilities located across Europe and the USA.

We employ highly-skilled individuals and promote a ‘can do’ attitude to enable our people to achieve their full potential through ongoing education, training and recognition of exemplary performance.

Benefits include a contributory pension scheme with contributions up to 12% matched by Cobham, a wide range of employee benefits offered through the Cobham Choice scheme, 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and reimbursement of membership costs for a professional engineering or scientific institution.

Job description
We are seeking a keen and motivated individual to fill a position involving the characterisation of electronic components during space radiation testing. Key requirements of the role include excellent practical measurement skills, the ability to select and assemble a suite of measuring instruments for a given test and an aptitude to write code to acquire data. A robust approach to quality, documentation and data fidelity is required, so as to achieve full compliance with the customers’ specifications and deliver to budget and on time.

Qualifications and experience
Candidates are likely to have a formal qualification to degree level in electronic engineering or a related topic. However, practical experience of using measuring instruments (ideally including the VISA API and C++ coding under Windows) is a more important skill. You will be calm under pressure, possess good verbal and communication skills in English and have the determination to deliver.

Essential skills:
Practical experience with electronic measuring instruments
Experience of C++ coding / communicating with hardware and instrumentation
Eligible to work in the UK

Desirable skills:
Experience of the VISA API
Valid driving licence
Electronics engineering experience
Electronics engineering training, e.g. degree level education
Experience of multi-threading applications
Writing drivers for individual instruments
Hands-on soldering and board prototyping
Working in an ISO9001 environment
Working in a commercial business


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