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    Job Description
    TitleSenior Spacecraft Systems Engineer / Engineering Manager
    Job codeIRC250626
    Job posted on16/08/2019 (modified on 30/08/2019)
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Contract typePermanent
    Start dateimmediately
    Job Description

    Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer / Engineering Manager



    Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot

    £48,877 to £59,308 (dependent on experience and inclusive of annual allowances) 

    Full time/part time (minimum 25 hours). 

    Open ended


    About the role

    STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 210 space missions and operate at the forefront of UK Space Research.

    RAL Space is leading the technical development of the payload for the ARIEL space mission, a major ESA M-class science mission (M4 for launch in 2028) to study the atmospheres of exoplanets. It is the first mission dedicated to measuring the chemical composition and thermal structures of hundreds of transiting exoplanets, enabling planetary science far beyond the boundaries of the Solar System. 

    We are seeking an outstanding technical leader to join the team as the systems engineering lead / engineering manager for the payload consortium consisting of teams in institutes and industries in 15 countries. You will work with the engineering teams at RAL, throughout the UK and in partner organisations around Europe to define, design, develop, build and test the payload consisting of a 1m-class space telescope, photometer and infrared spectrometer instruments and associated electronic and cryogenic systems. The successful candidate will be able play a key role in the project from the current phase B definition phase through to launch and commissioning of the spacecraft. 

    We offer the opportunity for long term professional development in systems engineering leadership and technical programme management.

    As a Senior Systems Engineer your responsibilities will include:

    - engineering leadership of the distributed systems engineering team (centred at RAL but with members from the major consortium partners in UK, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain & Poland)

    - payload/spacecraft interface management and be the lead technical interface with ESA and the spacecraft Primes

    - leading the requirement definition and flow down process 

    - management of detailed design activities 

    - detailed project work in planning, executing and reporting of tests, commissioning, verification, calibration activities 

    - commissioning and operation of space hardware 

    - coordination and supervision of team commissioning and operation of Ground Support Equipment 

    - possible preparation of proposals for future lines of work 

    - investigate future ideas for payload and missions with academic and industrial partners

    - management of significant work packages and/or small projects 

    - line management of junior members of staff within the systems engineering group

    This role offers regular contact with external stakeholder and customers such as space agencies and industrial partners, a variety of space engineering and scientific support staff and senior management at institutes around the world, as well as the opportunity to discuss projects with members of the public and the press. You will get to undertake travel to partner organisations in Europe and North America and have the opportunity to present your work at conferences and meetings.

    This role can be full time or part time (minimum 25 hours). 

    About you

    You will have an undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physics or equivalent experience as well as dedicated systems engineering or engineering leadership experience on space mission or scientific instrument development projects.

    You will also demonstrate:

    - expertise in at least one technical domain of mechanical, thermal (including cryogenic), optical or electrical system design and analysis and working knowledge of other domains

    - experience in multiple projects throughout lifecycle

    - experience making recommendations to collaborators and “subject matter experts” 

    - experience with design and/or analysis software tools 

    - experience of scientific instrument testing (ground, suborbital or orbital) 

    - experience of working with or within consortia of institutes or industries

    - space project experience 

    - experience in managing the spacecraft/payload interfaces.

    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. 

    As part of UK 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.

    How to Apply

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

    Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

    The closing date for applications is Monday 16th September 2019, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis and may be called to interview before this date.

    Contact information
    CompanyScience and Technology Facilities Council
    AddressRutherford Appleton Laboratory
    Harwell Oxford
    United Kingdom
    OX11 0QX
    EmailPlease apply online
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