SMILE SXI Instrument Software Scientist

University College London - UCL Space & Climate Physics

A new postdoctoral position has been created at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL, based at Holmbury St. Mary, near Dorking in Surrey), the home of UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics. For administrative purposes the Department is part of the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS). The position will entail creating and analysing science and instrument simulations, and designing and coding elements of the Soft X-ray Imager (SXI) Pipeline Processing Software. The SXI is the primary instrument onboard the SMILE (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer, mission which is currently under joint development by the European Space Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

This full time post is available from September 1st, 2017, initially for a period of 19 months, with the likelihood of being renewed for a further 3 years.

The post holder will be a member of the MSSL team within the SMILE SXI Consortium, will create simulations in support of the optimisation of the SXI design, leading to the development of science analysis algorithms, and will contribute to the design and coding of elements of the SXI Pipeline Processing Software. The post covers research elements pertaining to both the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Groups at MSSL, and as such requires an excellent grounding in both, X-ray science and magnetospheric phys ics, with particular reference to the Earth’s magnetic environment and its dynamic response to the solar wind.

The successful candidate would be expected to become familiar with magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling simulation codes and the existing IDL-based simulation package for the SXI instrument on SMILE.

The successful candidate would also be expected to run the complete package and enhance its capability with further coding. The package will be used to aid the design optimisation and the development of the SXI instrument and provide input to the eventual configuration of the SXI science analysis software.

He/she would be expected to transfer the knowledge and expertise acquired from simulations into the design and coding of SXI science analysis algorithms and of elements of the SXI Pipeline Processing Software.

UCL vacancy reference: 1657829

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Further details about MSSL can be found on If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Libby Daghorn

Closing Date: 22 August 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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