Disruptive Space Technology Centre Manager (DSTC)

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

About Us
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations, and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology. 

STFC’s RAL Space division carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and operate at the forefront of UK Space Research. 

About The Role
We now have a new opportunity for an experienced space technology manager to establish a new Disruptive Space Technology Centre (DSTC) within RAL Space, with close support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and UK Space Agency (UKSA). 

The rapid adoption of disruptive technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the success of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy, as reflected in the IGS Action Plan. The fundamental aim of the new STFC DSTC is to identify low technology readiness levels in academia and elsewhere with disruptive market access or capability potential in the space domain, and to foster its rapid development to the point at which industry is prepared to adopt and exploit it. 

A process model exists in the current cold atoms development at RAL Space, and it is assumed that the associated facilities will form a foundation for a largely virtual DSTC. 

The DSTC concept has been evolved over the last 18 months, largely through stakeholder development, to the point where the DSTC forms an element of UKSA's strategy; as such the DSTC should be established as a UKSA facility, managed on UKSA's behalf by STFC with associated funding for one full time employee, reporting to the DSTC Manager. 

The DSTC manager will establish and implement an initial 12 month plan for DSTC, including scope, deliverables and resource requirements, taking into account the views and contributions from stakeholders. In this role you will work closely with the Head of Business Development RAL Space and Head of Business Development STFC, as well as the Director of RAL Space. 

About You
Suitable candidates will hold a degree in engineering or physical science, with higher qualifications desirable. 

You will demonstrate experience in developing and delivering technology strategies within a collegiate environment, along with familiarity with space / aerospace or associated technology domains. 

Experience within European space community, and an understanding of ESA programmes and processes will be beneficial. 

Established connections into academia and broad knowledge of emerging technologies would be an advantage. 

You will display a self-confident and enthusiastic approach, along with excellent interpersonal and communication skills to liaise with and influence a broad spectrum of stakeholders. 

Benefits
An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable. 

To Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. 

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc238769_6852.aspx. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000. 

The closing date for applications is 2nd January 2017.

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