Instrument Development Scientist

Harwell, Oxfordshire
£31,932 – £34,709
03 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021

Salary: £31,931 – £34,709 pro rata (depending on experience)
Fixed Term 2 year
Full Time/Part Time
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

Closing 30th August 2021

Do you enjoy identifying and designing experiments to iteratively mature technologies?

RAL Space enjoys an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development with significant involvement in over 210 space missions and are at the forefront of UK space research.

We are looking for a number of Instrument Development Scientists in the RAL Space Disruptive Technology group to help develop optical, mechanical and electronic instrumentation, as well as the software systems that control and handle data from the instruments.

You will be involved in the development of spacecraft payload instruments for commercial and academic end users, across astronomy, space science, remote-sensing and communications domains. This work requires a cross-disciplinary, agile approach to solving sophisticated problems. You will also be included in the design and development work from concept through prototype and the support of engineering teams developing the end user solutions.

A quote from a current RAL SPACE Instrument Development Scientist:
‘The best thing about my job is getting to work with other people from a range of different specialties and learning lots of new things about all aspects of mission design. I particularly enjoy brainstorming ideas for a new experiment, system or project.’

About you

For all roles you will have a:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in a numerate science or engineering field.
  • Evidence of instrument design/development work (including prototyping).
  • Optics & Photonics role you will also need – Demonstrable understanding of optics and/or photonics, and an interest in developing design and analysis skills in these areas.
  • Controls Systems role you will also need – Demonstrable experience designing and building instrument control and data readout systems, and an interest in optimising the performance of active systems.
  • Precision Mechanisms role you will also need – Experience of designing or developing mechanical structures and/or mechanisms and an interest in developing design skills in these areas.

For more about the role please follow the below link to our careers page, Instrument Development Scientist - Control Systems - Careers Portal Careers

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