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     Date Submitted:24-03-2011
     Last Modified:14-04-2020 (09:52)
    Job information
     Current job:PhD candidate and instrument engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsAssembly, integration and test, AIT, assembly, integration and verification, AIV, validation, verification, development, engineering, spacecraft operations, operations, PhD, Imperial College London, Imperial, Mars 2020, MOXIE, in-situ resource utilisation


    PhD candidate
    October 2015 – October 2019

    Science team member for the Mars 2020 Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE). Led analysis and test of the filtration subsystem from start to finish in simulated Martian conditions: independently secured ~£20k of competitive international funding, designed (Siemens NX) ground support equipment, procured flight-representative hardware, wrote test procedures, led a test team of 4 in the Mars Simulation Laboratory at Aarhus University, Denmark, to execute the test under tight time constraints, and wrote scripts (MATLAB) to analyze the data (published in 2018 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract #2410, and 2018 European Planetary Science Congress, abstract #11, paper in preparation for Planetary and Space Science).

    Science team member and instrument engineer for the InSight Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) Short Period (SP) seismometers. Participated in Operational Readiness Tests (ORTs). Verified SP performance during cruise (published in 2019 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract #2777) and supported SP instrument deployment during surface operations at JPL (November 2018 – February 2019) (published in 2019 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstracts #1567, 2053, 2091, 2108, 2019, 2246, 2256).

    PhD project, "Filtration of Planetary Atmospheres for In-Situ Resource Utilisation", supervisor Professor W T Pike. Awarded scholarship worth £70k.

    MPhys physics
    October 2004 – June 2008

    Master’s project, ‘Near-Earth Asteroid Sample Return Remote Sensing Instrumentation’, supervisor Dr N E Bowles. Derived requirements for an infrared spectrometer to determine the surface composition of near-Earth asteroids, which contributed to the Payload Definition Document for the Marco Polo mission.

    Awarded 1st class four-year undergraduate master’s degree (ranked in top 5% of year). Specialized in astrophysics and physics of atmospheres and oceans. Awarded three college scholarships for academic performance.

    Professional experience

    Chartered Engineer
    September 2011 – September 2015

    Engineering Leadership Development Programme (~20 recruited globally per year). Programme consisted of three 6-month placements in manufacturing, research and development and repair and overhaul, a 12-week design and make project, and a permanent role as a development engineer. Consistent excellent feedback in performance reviews. Obtained Chartered Engineer status (CEng, terminal UK qualification) in 2015.

    Development Engineer, Trent XWB-97 (Derby, UK)
    September 2013 – September 2015

    Responsible for the verification of the Airbus A350-1000’s Trent XWB-97 engine high-pressure turbine blade, casings, and fuel manifold. Wrote verification strategies and engine test schedules, supported (including on call) build, test and strip of development engines, analyzed engine test data, and wrote certification reports to demonstrate compliance with European Aviation Safety Agency certification requirements. The engine is now certified for passenger-carrying service and has accumulated over 50,000 flying hours.

    Led a team of 10 specialists to complete a 1,750-cycle, 3-month engine test campaign in the UK and Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA) in Madrid, Spain, to demonstrate Technology Readiness Level 6 for high-temperature turbine coating technology. Awarded discretionary bonus for performance.

    Selected by management to be the on-site development engineer for 7-week engine icing test campaign at the Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) in Manitoba, Canada, which demonstrated satisfactory engine operation in ice-forming conditions. Awarded discretionary bonus for performance.

    Special Process Engineer (Montréal, Canada)
    February – August 2013

    Formed and led a bilingual team, from shop floor to management, to implement ~300 aerospace industry requirements (Nadcap) for welding processes. The facility gained external accreditation on schedule and saw other benefits such as a 90% reduction in the time taken to generate technical instructions.

    Design and Make Project (Bristol, UK)
    September – August 2013

    Designed, built and tested a rig within 12 weeks to demonstrate a concept for overhaul of F-35 components with an estimated annual cost reduction of £1m.

    Project Manager, Manufacturing Technology (Seletar, Singapore)
    March – September 2012

    Project managed technology development of manufacturing capabilities in collaboration with local university, including additive manufacturing for aero engine components, ultrasonic titanium microstructure evaluation, and residual stress measurement.

    Certification Engineer (Rotatives), Trent XWB-84 (Derby, UK)
    September 2011 – March 2012

    • Assisted the work package owner for critical rotating parts in the Trent XWB-84 aero engine supply chain. Carried out analyses to close out safety issues, and prepared life management plans for life-limited parts.

    Young Graduate Trainee (ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands)
    August 2010 – July 2011

    Supported the successful field test of a large robotic rover prototype in a Martian analogue site near Seville, Spain, as part of a project on analog environments. Conducted a detailed global review of existing sites and facilities.

    Developed and coordinated a review of experiments proposed for the International Space Station (ISS) in preparation for future exploration missions, which attracted over 180 proposals. Developed the selection criteria which included both technical and programmatic merit.

    Science teacher
    July 2008 – July 2010

    Highly competitive (15% acceptance rate) 2-year programme aimed at fast-tracking graduates into disadvantaged schools to raise standards of science teaching. Helped to raise the school’s results above the national target for the first time. Developed own software to track 1400+ students’ results, allowing targeted interventions. Nominated and finalist for annual excellence award out of a year of 373.

    Awards and honours

    Val O’Donoghue scholarship, Imperial College London, 2015
    Discretionary performance bonus, Rolls-Royce plc, 2015
    Discretionary performance bonus, Rolls-Royce plc, 2014
    College scholarship, University of Oxford, 2005-08
    University scholarship, IBM, 2004
    Medalist, 36th International Chemistry Olympiad, 2004

    Professional memberships

    Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2017–
    Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council, 2015–
    Member, Royal Aeronautical Society, 2015–
    Associate Member, Institute of Physics, 2008

    Selected publications

    J. B. McClean et al. “Operation of the InSight Short Period (SP) Seismometers During Cruise”. 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 18-22 March 2019, The Woodlands, TX, abstract #2777.

    J. B. McClean et al., “Dust Loading and Pressure Drop of Fibrous Filters for Atmospheric In-Situ Resource Utilisation on Mars 2020”. European Planetary Science Congress, 16-21 September 2018, Berlin, Germany, abstract #11.

    J. B. McClean et al., “Testing the Mars 2020 Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) HEPA Filter and Scroll Pump in Simulated Mars Conditions”. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 20-24 March 2017, The Woodlands, TX, abstract #2410.

    Selected training courses

    Goonhilly Earth Station, Space Mission Operations Course (Helston, UK), 19-23 March 2018
    ESA, Alpbach Summer School (Alpbach, Austria) 18-27 July 2017
    Rolls-Royce plc, Systems Engineering Short Course (Derby, UK) 4-8 February 2013
    Rolls-Royce plc, Project Management (Bristol, UK) 21-25 January 2013
    Rolls-Royce plc, Product Lifecycle Management (Bristol, UK) 24-28 September 2012
    ESA, Spaceflight Mission Analysis and Design, (ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands) 12-15 July 2011
    ESA, Introduction to Space Systems Engineering, (ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands) 14-15 September 2010

    Other skills and interests

    Computing: MATLAB (MathWorks certified), Python, C++ (C++ Institute certified), Siemens NX and Teamcenter, IDL, HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL.

    Interests: snowsports, music (piano, guitar, violin), learning Icelandic.

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