Lead/Senior Optical Systems Engineer
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
£38,318 - £58,308 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Full time/Part Time (minimum 26 hours per week)
About the role
RAL Space, UKRI’s space laboratory based at the STFC Harwell Campus, enjoys an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We have had significant roles in over 210 space missions and are at the forefront of UK space research.
The Optical Systems Group is responsible for the conception, design, development, procurement, assembly, integration and test of optical systems for space instrumentation in Space Science, Solar Research, Earth Observation, Planetary Science and Optical Communications.
The work spans the entire project life-cycle, from early stage conceptual R&D right through to instrument verification and calibration, and potentially post-launch mission support. In addition, RAL Space has key roles in ground-based astronomical instrumentation through the UK’s Astronomy programme. New RAL Space projects with significant optical engineering requirements include ARIEL (an Exoplanet mission for ESA), Lagrange (an ESA Space Weather mission to monitor potentially disruptive solar activity of Earth-infrastructures) and a Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) secure communications technology demonstrator (a UK-Singapore collaboration).
We also have roles in the R&D of first-light instruments for the European Extremely Large Telescope. The emphasis of our work is on the design and engineering of new, one-off, state-of-the-art instrumentation.
Your work will range from design studies for future instruments through to alignment and test of flight hardware and you can expect to follow projects from the concept stage right through to successful operation. There will be the opportunity for travel, both in the UK and abroad, and you may occasionally be required to spend several weeks at customers’ facilities supporting integration and test activities. Working at altitude may also be required.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
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The closing date for applications is 27th October 2019.