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Systems Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Didcot, Oxfordshire
£31748 - £56336 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2021

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This is an opportunity for you to take the technical lead working on existing and future space flight and support projects
RAL Space (part of STFC) carries out world-class space research and technology development with involvement in over 210 space missions over its 50+ year history. We undertake world-leading space research and technology development, provide space test and ground-based facilities, design and build instruments, analyse and process data and operate S- and X-band ground-station facilities, as well as lead conceptual studies for future missions.
The RAL Space, Space Engineering & Technology Division at STFC are recruiting two Space Systems Engineers in order to support a number of ongoing programmes.

The current portfolio of programmes covers a wide range of applications (Space Instruments, Space Physics, Earth Observation and Ground Support Calibration Equipment) and will provide you with opportunities to provide technical leadership of a range of projects involving ground support, calibration and flight hardware at all stages of the space project lifecycle; from pre-project feasibility studies, through to flight operations.
The immediate work would be on either Space Instrumentation or Ground Support Calibration Equipment depending on the mix of your experience and skill set.

Responsibilities are to include:
* Systems Engineering input to existing and future space (flight and support) projects
* Conceptual instrument design for future space (flight and support) projects
* Leading the requirement definition and flow down process
* Management of design concept during development, preliminary design and detailed design
* Detailed project work in planning, executing and reporting of tests, verification and calibration activities
* Commissioning and operation of space hardware
* Preparation of proposals for future lines of work
* Investigate future ideas with academic and industrial partners
* Management of significant work packages and/or small projects
* Line Management of junior members of staff within the systems engineering group
* Available to travel/work in the UK and overseas for meetings, etc when travel is permitted.

About you
You will hold an undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physics (or equivalent), expertise in at least one space related engineering discipline and experience with design and/or analysis software tools.
You will also be able to provide Aerospace or science research project experience and Systems Engineering on aerospace or scientific instrument development project experience:
* band E: Experience at all project stages
* band F: Experience on multiple projects at all project stages as technical lead.

STFC values employees as individuals and provides a rewards and benefit package including a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, plus 10.5 public and privilege days, onsite sports facilities and a number of other benefits.

How to apply

To see more details and to apply please visit our job board. Applicants are required to provide a CV and Cover Letter providing evidence of how they meet each of the essential criteria.
The Closing date is 11th July 2021


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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