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Department: Physics and Astronomy
Job Type: Technical
Specific Location: Michael Atiyah
Contract Type: Full Time Fixed Term Contract
Salary Grade 8 - £42,418 to £47,722 per annum, pro rata
Salary Grade 7 - £33,518 to £38,833 per annum, pro rata
Full time or part-time (0.8 fte)
Fixed term contract to for 2 years with the possibility of extension to 2021.
The Space Research Centre (SRC) at the University of Leicester conducts world leading research and instrumentation development to advance knowledge for the public good. The centre’s capability is proven through its portfolio of space missions and application of this knowledge to ground based technologies. For over 50 years, instruments built by the SRC have been successfully operating in space and this success is expected to continue into the future. To achieve this, the SRC works closely with major space organisations like NASA and the European Space Agency and has an internal engineering team tasked with taking scientific instruments from initial concept to the launch site and into operation.
The Soft X-ray Imager (SXI) will be launched on the forthcoming ESA-CAS SMILE mission to study the earth’s magnetosphere. The current system engineering team is being expanded to meet the challenges of this unique mission. A scientist or engineer is required to act as system engineer in support of the current system team, taking an overview of the instrument requirements, their development and that of the instrument design to ensure the delivered instrument is fit for purpose.
The appointment will be made at either grade 7 or grade 8, depending on the successful candidates’ previous experience in either the space engineering environment or in system engineering and their ability to lead system team activities.
SMILE will be launched at the end of 2021 and is currently at an early stage of development. The System Engineer Post offers an exciting opportunity for a dynamic person to become involved in a space mission and to make a significant impact.
Please see the links below for further information about the project.
University of Leicester Involvement in SMILE Mission & SXI instrument:
ESA’s SMILE overview pages:
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Paul Drumm on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0116 229 7707.
The closing date for this post is midnight on 15 March 2018.