SMILE Calibration Scientist

Open University - Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, School of Physical Sciences

Based in Milton Keynes

Temporary contract for 36 months

We are seeking a Calibration Scientist to work within the Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) on the joint European Space Agency – Chinese Academy of Sciences Solar Magnetospheric Ionospheric Link Explorer (SMILE), which when launched will study the interaction between the Earth’s magnetosphere-ionosphere system and the solar wind. The CEI is part of the SMILE Soft X-ray Imager (SXI) consortium and is responsible for testing, modelling and verification of the performance of the CCD used in the SMILE SXI instrument.

You will be involved in the development, test and verification of an X-ray calibration test camera system and associated data capture and data analysis software algorithms. You will also be responsible for developing models, algorithms and test data that will help verify that the SXI CCDs meet the performance required of the instrument and will develop algorithms to be implemented within the SMILE SXI data processing pipeline. Additionally, you will attend regular project meetings and conferences, deliver progress reports and interface with team members and external scientists and engineers.

You will have a PhD in Physics, Engineering or a closely related subject and be able to demonstrate good understanding and experience in the characterization of image sensors, proficiency in data acquisition and data processing software. You will also have experience in writing bespoke data acquisition and data analysis software algorithms with a focus on interfacing with test systems and the automation of test measurements. Proficiency in software algorithm development in MATLABTM, C/C ++, Java and/or Python along with good problem solving and analytical skills are essential.

Closing date: noon on 31 August 2017

Interview date: TBC

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