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Senior Systems Engineer

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

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Brief Description

Salary: £48,877 to £59,308 (dependent on experience and inclusive of annual sector-based allowance)
Band: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full time/Part time (minimum 25 hours per week)
Closing Date: Monday 16th September 2019
Interview Date: Week commencing 30th September 2019


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.

About the role

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. You 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.

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).

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


* Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physics (S)
* Expertise in one space related engineering discipline (S,I)
* Knowledge of at least one additional space related engineering discipline (S,I)
* Aerospace or science research project experience
* Systems Engineering or Engineering leadership experience on aerospace or scientific instrument development project at all project stages (S,I)
* Experience with design and/or analysis software tools (S,I)
* Strong communication skills (verbal and written) (I)
* Able to negotiate with and influence others; e.g. experience of proposal writing and making recommendations to collaborators and “subject matter experts” (S,I)
* Ability to cultivate collaborations with external academic and industrial partners (S,I)
* Ability to manage a workload on a range of projects with competing time demands (I)
* Ability to “manage upwards” as well as downwards (I)
* Ability to work autonomously towards a goal, driven, confident, and self -motivated (I)
* Ability to lead and be a proactive team member (S,I)
* Analytical with strong problem -solving skills, and a proven track record (I)
* Available for overseas travel for periods up to one week. (S,I)


* Post graduate degree in Spacecraft Engineering or relevant field (S)
* System engineering qualification (S)
* Experience of scientific instrument development (ground, suborbital or orbital) (S,I)
* Space project experience (S)
* Familiar with principles of concurrent design (S)
* Experience of technology development (planning, breadboarding) (S)
* Experience in the application of a range of ECSS standards (S)
* Experience with proposal writing in response to ESA ITTs. (S)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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