Optics Specialist

Harwell, Oxfordshire
£38,318 – £44,166
03 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021

Salary: £38,318  – £44,166 pro rata (depending on experience) 
Full Time/Part Time 
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire 
Closing 30th August 2021 

Would you like to help accelerate the adoption of novel technologies in space? 

RAL Space is at the forefront of UK space research and development, having provided technology and know-how for over 200 space missions. The RAL Space Disruptive Technology group is working to reduce the cost and effort required to prepare novel technologies for use in space.
As an Instrument Development Scientist in the Disruptive Technology group you will 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 complex problems.

The role will include design and development work from concept through prototype and the support of engineering teams developing the end user solutions. 

This role provides exceptional opportunities to experience a wide range of cutting-edge technology developments but requires a flexible and motivated individual who can support multiple projects with a wide range of partners inside a small, dedicated team. 

About you

For this role you will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in optics or physics. Other numerate degrees with substantial practical experience will be considered
  • Experienced in optical design, optimisation, analysis, and tolerancing and procurement. The group prefers Zemax as an optical design package 
  • Experience with developing and building optical instrumentation.

Employee benefits

We are offering a permanent position that provides a whole host of family friendly benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent defined average salary pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance.

For more about the role please follow the below link to our careers page, Optics Specialist - Careers Portal Careers

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