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Systems Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, England, Didcot
£31931 - £34709 per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2021

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Systems Engineer - RAL Space
Salary: £31,931 to £34,709 per annum (plus additional annual allowance dependent on experience)
Location: Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time

We have an incredibly exciting opportunity within RAL Space (part of STFC) for two space systems engineers to join us in supporting a growing number of ongoing and new programmes in our Space Engineering and Technology Division. You will be providing technical leadership on a range of projects involving ground support, calibration and commissioning of flight hardware at all stages of the space project lifecycle from pre-project feasibility studies through to flight operations.

About us
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest multi-disciplinary science research organisations.
Our RAL Space department is the UK's national space laboratory and has around 350 staff. Our activities and our facilities enable scientific research in disciplines such as climate science, space weather and astronomy. With over 50 years of experience in space programmes, we have had significant involvement in more than 210 instruments on missions to date.

Main duties of the role would include:
* Systems Engineering input to existing and future space projects
* Involvement in conceptual instrument design for future space projects
* Involvement in requirement definition and flow down process
* Detailed project work in planning, executing and reporting of tests, verification and calibration activities
* Commissioning and operation of space hardware
* Involvement in preparation of proposals for future lines of work
* Investigation of future ideas with academic and industrial partners
About you:
You will have an undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physics (or equivalent) and expertise in one space related engineering discipline. You will also have a knowledge of at least one additional space related engineering discipline, along with Aerospace or science research project experience. Systems engineering experience on aerospace or scientific instrument development projects is essential along with experience with design and/or analysis software tools. You will have strong communication skills both verbal and written with the ability to manage a busy workload with competing project time demands. Having strong analytical skills with the ability to lead and be a proactive team member is key.
Employee Benefits:
We are offering a permanent position that provides a whole host of family friendly benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent defined average salary pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance.
UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.
How to apply:
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Closing Date: 23rd May 2021

*Please note that this role will require the successful applicant to be available for overseas travel for
periods of up to one week when required.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest 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 engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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