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Research Fellow (Solar Orbiter SWA Operations Team)

University College London - UCL Space & Climate Physics

Location: Dorking
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum, exclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th August 2019
Closes: 18th September 2019
Job Ref: 1820832

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to join the Operations team for the Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) Investigation on the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter Mission at the Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London. The post holder will join the team responsible for the development and maintenance of the SWA software and hardware infrastructure before and after launch, alongside undertaking the scientific planning and operation of the instrument suite within the telemetry/power resource constraints provided by the SOC, and the calibrations and processing of data returned by SWA in order to facilitate scientific analysis of the data. Close collaboration with the ESA SOC and MOC teams and SWA partners in Rome, Toulouse, Texas and Michigan will be required. The post is funded under the MSSL SWA Operations Grant from UKSA/STFC from 1 April 2019 until 30 March 2022, in the first instance.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory is located on its own campus in the beautiful Surrey Hills, surrounded by woodland. MSSL 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. UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 40 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA (US), Japan, Russia, China and India, and flown over 230 rocket experiments.

The successful applicant should hold or expect to hold, a PhD in Physics (or closely related disciplines) or have equivalent industrial/commercial experience. Expertise in scientific research and/or software development environments is essential. The postholder should have the ability to develop complex software infrastructure using environments such as Python, C, C++, Pert, IDL, Matlab, MySQL, and HTML and be familiar with UNIX and LINUX operating systems.

UCL vacancy reference: 1820832        

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

Informal enquiries should be made to Chris Owen ( ). Applications should be completed on line . However if you are having difficulty accessing the on-line recruitment system please contact Suzanne Winter ( ) for advice.

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

Interview Date: TBC

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