Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
£38,318 - £45,576 per annum (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive sector based of annual allowance)
Full time or part time (minimum 22 hours)
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.
As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.
About the role
STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 210 space missions and operate at the forefront of UK Space Research.
Due to a growing number of ongoing instrument and test facility programmes we are looking for a Systems Engineer to join us. Dependent on the skills and career direction of the candidate, this opportunity covers the detailed design, integration and testing for facilities for a major satellite test campaign for Earth Observation missions, or leading technical teams for instrument design build and test. In the long term, both directions will provide you with opportunities to provide technical leadership of a range of projects. This will involve supporting and testing equipment for space hardware or the leadership for instruments at all stages of the project lifecycle; from pre-project feasibility studies, design and build to testing and calibration.
We offer the opportunity for long term professional development in systems engineering specialisations and technical programme management, as well as opportunities to broaden technical knowledge on a range of disciples to support instrument builds.
As a Systems Engineer your responsibilities will include:
• systems engineering input to existing MGSE design for thermal vacuum test projects,
• leading the requirement definition and flow down process,
• management of detailed design activities,
• detailed project work in planning, executing and reporting of tests, commissioning, verification, calibration activities,
• commissioning and operation of Ground Support Equipment for vacuum tests,
• investigating future ideas with academic and industrial partners.
This role offers regular contact with external customers, a variety of space engineering and scientific support staff and senior management, as well as the opportunity to discuss projects with members of the public and the press.
You will have an undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physics or equivalent experience as well as dedicated systems engineering experience on aerospace, scientific instrument development projects or test facility projects.
You will also demonstrate:
• expertise in at least one of mechanical, thermal, optical, electronic design and analysis, and sufficient knowledge to talk with experts from other disciplines
• experience of all project stages throughout lifecycle
• experience making recommendations to collaborators and “subject matter experts”
• experience with design and/or analysis software tools.
Experience in the any of the below is desirable, but not essential:
• experience of scientific instrument testing (ground, suborbital or orbital)
• Ground support equipment design and verification experience
• space project experience
• experience in the application of a range of ECSS standards
• experience of proposal writing
• experience using DOORs
• experience of concurrent design.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc249757_9844.aspx. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
The closing date for applications is 23rd September 2019, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.