UK ATC Senior Engineers
The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) is the UK’s National Centre for the design and production of state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation and systems. It provides a friendly and flexible environment, on a beautiful site combining historic architecture with state of the art modern laboratories.
Located at Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE), the UK ATC is set against a heritage of astronomical instrument building within the City. A high-tech engineering facility, the pioneering breakthroughs that have come out of this facility have helped us to learn more about the Universe around us and have produced benefits for us here on Earth.
Projects our engineering teams are currently working on include:
- ‘First light’ spectrographs - HARMONI and METIS. These instruments will be installed on the Extremely Large Telescope, or ELT. This will be the largest visible and infrared telescope ever built.
- MOONS - the Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph. MOONS is a unique, visible and near-IR multi-object spectrograph that forms part of the Very Large Telescope (VLT).
- The MIRI Instrument – one of four science instruments that will be on board the James Webb Space Telescope. This will be the most complex telescope ever flown. It will travel a million miles from Earth, unfold to the size of a tennis-court, and detect infrared light.
To support these and future pioneering engineering projects we have a number of exciting opportunities within our senior engineering team. Each of these roles offer exciting and diverse challenges, with collaboration between these fields of expertise a key factor in our success.
Find out more about each of these roles below:
Senior Electronics Engineer
We are seeking a hardworking Electronics Engineer with the experience to support group management in leading activities across several key projects for major stakeholders. You will work with the senior engineers in further developing our tools, procedures and process to enable efficient delivery of the instrument program.
Senior Mechanical Engineer
We have an opportunity for an experienced Mechanical Engineer with the experience to work closely with the head of group in leading the activities of the group across several key projects for major stakeholders. You will work with the senior engineers in further developing our tools, procedures and process and be responsible for managing and developing staff skills to enable delivery of our programme.
Senior Software Engineer (Group Leader)
We are looking for an enthusiastic software engineer to join our team as group leader for our Software Engineering Group. You will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the group, for the safety, training and development of staff, and for ensuring good engineering principles and procedures within the group. Working with senior engineers you will have a leadership role in delivering our programme.
Senior Applied Optics Engineer (Group Leader)
We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented person to join our team as group leader for our Applied Optics Group. The group provides optical design and engineering expertise in support of all UKATC activities. We operate throughout the project lifecycle, from initial conceptual designs in support of proposals for new business through to commissioning of new instrumentation at observatory sites.
Each of these opportunities are offered as permanent roles that provides a whole host of benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent 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!
We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.