Project Scientist/Engineer

Thomas Keating Ltd


TK Space offers world leading expertise in the design, manufacture, qualification and testing of Terahertz instrumentation for space and ground-based scientific applications. The company currently has three major contracts for the ESA MetOP-SG programme. This is an opportunity to play a key role in the team providing the quasi-optical network for the MWS instrument which will provide data for weather forecasting for the next three decades. As part of a small but dedicated team the successful candidate will take part in the different aspects of taking the hardware from qualification model testing to the delivery of flight units.



Working closely with and supporting the project manager to manage the delivery of a key instrument component along with the accompanying documentation. Will work as part of a commercial/academic collaboration including TK Space, Cardiff University, and the end-user. It is likely that there will be the opportunity to participate in academic publications relating to the work. Flexible working is a possibility for this position.

Key Tasks

  • Input and support to the test and verification of spacecraft hardware
  • Processing test measurement results using commercial RF modelling software (GRASP)
  • Analysing and reporting on test measurements
  • Writing and updating other project documentation
  • Involvement in assembly and integration of flight hardware
  • Working closely with project customers and partners
  • Liaising with suppliers
  • Participation in customer meetings, presentations and reviews
  • Other (potentially wide-ranging) activities as required.

Technical, Professional Skills and Qualifications


  • Demonstrable experience producing accurate technical documents
  • Demonstrable experience with analysis of scientific/engineering measurements
  • Qualified in a physical science, engineering or related discipline to at least degree level.

Useful but not essential

  • Demonstrable experience writing software for data analysis (ideally in Python)
  • Experience with TICRA GRASP
  • Experience of ESA Space projects and ECSS standards
  • Experience working on large, structured, development programmes (space or otherwise).

Personality & Behaviours

  • An ability to combine attention to detail with a strong focus on delivering to deadlines is essential
  • Must be able to work as part of a team but with autonomy and responsibility
  • Must be flexible, adaptable and able to work in multiple areas within a small team

General Information

  • This role is based in the company’s Cardiff offices (located in the School of Physics and Astronomy in Cardiff University) with some travel involved, for example to customer meetings, project reviews etc.
  • This is initially a two year fixed-term contract, with competitive salary, with generous annual leave and full membership of the company profit-share scheme.


Please provide a CV and covering letter to: Adam Woodcraft, 

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