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Systems Engineer

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - UKRI

Band D £30,782-£36,459, Band E £38,318 to £45,576 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entitythat brings together nine partnersto create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

About the role

STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an extensive 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. Our Space Engineering and Technology Division is growing and we are looking for Space Systems Engineers to support a number of ongoing and new programmes. The exciting portfolio of programmes covers a wide range of applications from Space Instrument Systems to Space Physics, Earth Observation and Space Technology Development.

As a Systems Engineer you will have the opportunity to provide technical leadership to a range of projects involving ground support, calibration and flight hardware at all stages of the space project lifecycle; from pre-project feasibility studies, through to flight operations. Depending on your particular experience, the positions will be tailored to focus on one or more of the following areas; Concurrent Design, Space Technology Road-mapping, Space Physics instrumentation and Earth Observation.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Conceptual instrument design for future space projects. 
  • Leading the requirement definition and flow down process.
  • Technical management of design concept during development, preliminary design and detailed design.
  • Detailed project work in planning, executing and reporting of tests, verification and calibration activities.
  • Commissioning and operation of space hardware.
  • Preparation of proposals for future lines of work as well as investigating future ideas with academic and industrial partners.
  • Management of significant work packages and/or small projects as well as line management responsibility at Band E.

About you

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in Engineering or Physics as well as having expertise in a space related engineering discipline. For the Band D position you will have dedicated experience at all project stages, whereas for our Band E position that experience will be as a technical lead for a number of work packages.

You will be a strong communicator with the ability to cultivate collaborations with external academic and industrial partners and manage a range of projects at one time. You will be self-motivated with a proactive approach and the ability to manage multiple projects at any one time.

We would love to hear from you if you have any of the below skills and experience, but these are desirable and not essential.

  • Post graduate degree in Spacecraft Engineering or relevant field.
  • System engineering qualification.
  • Experience of scientific instrument development (ground, suborbital or orbital).
  • Familiarity with principles of concurrent design.
  • Experience of technology development (planning, bread boarding).
  • Experience in the application of a range of ECSS standards.
  • Experience with proposal writing in response to ESA ITTs.

These posts offer longer term professional development opportunities in Systems Engineering specialisations and Technical Programme Management, so do get in touch with us if you would like to find out more.

How to Apply

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

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 21st April 2019.

Location: Didcot, Harwell
Salary: £30,782 to £45,576 dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 21st March 2019
Closes: 21st April 2019
Job Ref: IRC248860
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