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Research Scientist - Laser Spectroscope & Molecular Sensing – STEM

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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.

The Spectroscopy Group of RAL Space has an excellent opportunity for a Research Scientist to join an agile and motivated team of scientists working on a large portfolio of research projects, and to significantly contribute to its expansion through the delivery of state of the art   projects for the UK Research Councils, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency, and other institutions and customers.

The research and development projects undertaken by the group encompass many aspects of laser-spectroscopic sensing and field deployment of spectroscopic instruments, from fundamental concepts to technologies and applications. Techniques developed within the group include laser heterodyne spectroscopy, hyperspectral LIDAR, laser absorption and dispersion spectroscopy, photo-acoustic spectroscopy, cavity-enhanced spectroscopy, and photonics-based sensing systems. 

Current projects in which you may be involved in include:

·        The miniaturization, integration, and testing of laser-based spectroscopic sensors using waveguide technologies

·        The development and deployment of laser heterodyne systems for atmospheric observation

·        The development and deployment of hyperspectral lidar for standoff chemical detection

·        The development of sensitive in-situ sensors for isotopic analysis

·        The development of laboratory spectrometers for fundamental spectroscopy.


As a Research Scientist you will be responsible for delivering project results to deadlines. Tasks may include design and theoretical studies of optoelectronic chemical sensing systems, bench-top and prototype instrument development, design and testing of relevant photonic and optoelectronic technologies, development of field-deployable instrumentation, and development of code for physical modelling, data analysis or instrument control.


About you

You may be educated to PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant applied physics or engineering discipline and be looking for your next opportunity. We also welcome applications from those educated to MSc level (or equivalent) together with relevant experience.


You will demonstrate knowledge & practical experience of lasers and optics, particularly at mid-infrared wavelengths You will be highly motivated and able to carry out challenging research and development work with a systematic approach to problem-solving and operate effectively in a team environment and to demanding deadlines. To be considered for the Band E position you will also have experience in development of high-resolution infrared spectroscopic instrumentation.




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