Mechanical Engineer

University College London - UCL Space & Climate Physics

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Mechanical Engineer in the thermal engineering group at MSSL to support the Laboratory’s space science instrumentation programme. This post is in the Department of Space and Climate Physics ( at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

The Department is part of the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS). MSSL is located in its own campus in the Surrey Hills, and is the UK’s largest university space research group. Space science is a discipline that demands highly innovative technologies and MSSL has an international reputation for excellence in this area. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 50 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA, Japan, Russia, China and India, and have flown over 230 rocket experiments. The total staff compliment is approximately 170. The engineering groups have all the capabilities needed to design, build and test space science instruments in house.

The post holder will work within project teams to develop and analyse instruments or subsystems of instruments as required for the laboratory’s space projects. The work carried out will support either instrument development during the study phase of space programmes, fulfil instrument design requirements during the build phase or support mechanical test programmes. The work itself in general concerns structures, it never involves computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

The post is initially funded for two years and is expected to continue after this period pending funding.

A first or higher degree in mechanical engineering is essential. The successful candidate would also be expected to fulfil instrument design requirements by means of analysis and to work with other engineering disciplines within the laboratory and within a project to meet interface requirements.

UCL vacancy reference: 1699696

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £31,604 - £38,833 per annum, exclusive of London Allowance.

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

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Libby Daghorn (  (01483 204110).

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

This position does not meet the resident labour market test under UK Visas and Immigration rules and therefore UCL would be unable to obtain the right to work for non-EEA nationals whose employment would require a Tier 2 visa.

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