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Modeller – Spacecraft Dynamic Testing

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Modeller – Spacecraft Dynamic Testing Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire £38,969 - £43,300 (dependant on experience) Full time / Permanent

About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is an entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

The UK has invested £99m in the National Satellite Test Facility, in construction at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell. This facility will provide a world class set of co-located families for the assembly, integration and testing of space payloads and satellites. The facility will have the capability to conduct Vibration, Acoustic, Thermal, Pyroshock, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and antennae testing for payloads up to 7 tonnes within clean room conditions. The NSTF is nearing the completion of its construction phase, with facility commissioning expected during 2021.

About the role

As Modeller you will build and control finite element and other numerical models required by the Dynamics Group of the Environmental Test Division. Modelling techniques may include classical finite element analysis within packages such as NASTRAN and ANSYS workbench for structural response, statistical energy analysis (SEA) within solvers such as ACTRAN for acoustic loading and the application of hydrocodes for shock loading. You will play a key role in developing test facilities and providing the detailed guidance on test conditions starting with facilities development and commissioning and then through to making contact with potential customers at bid stage. You will work with test engineers and test programme managers to ensure the test facilities are capable of delivering the test, defining any adaptions and providing development and analysis methods to suit the programme requirements. You will be supporting test campaigns at all stages from execution to assisting in the analysis required for test reports.

About you

You will have a degree or equivalent qualification and/or experience in engineering, physics or a related discipline. A PhD in these fields would be an advantage but not essential. You will be able to demonstrate a deep technical understanding across a diverse range of numerical modelling techniques that are needed to match the test environments. You will also have significant experience in developing and using models within a numerical analysis package and experience of working within and managing small technical teams.

What we offer

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

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 https://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc255140_10949.aspx. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 11th October 2020


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