The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary scientific research organisations and our goal is to deliver world class research, innovation and skills for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people.
RAL Space is an integral part of STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). RAL Space carries out world-class space research and technology development with involvement in over 210 space missions over its 50+ year history.
Our 260 staff are dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC, UKSA and NERC as well as undertaking a large number of space projects for other UK and overseas agencies, universities and industrial companies.
We undertake world-leading space research and technology development, provide space test and ground-based facilities, design and build instruments, analyse and process data and operate S-
and X-band ground-station facilities, as well as lead conceptual studies for future missions. We work with space and ground-
based groups around the world.
The Production Group within the Space Engineering and Technology Division of RAL Space supports the hands on activities and hardware development for projects across RAL Space, including delicate space instrumentation development to large scale ground support equipment for scientific calibration activities.
To enable the group to support the needs of projects both now and in the future it is looking to recruit a Mechanical Instrument Technician to work alongside the senior team.
The Instrument Technician will learn the specific skills required for the assembly and test of both specialised mechanisms and hardware as well as the more general assembly skills required.
It is a critical role that sits at the heart of instrument development in RAL Space and the role has the potential to develop for the right candidate.
List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities
The role is an interesting and varied role, changing on a daily basis to meet the needs of projects across STFC. The role may include, but is not limited to :
The role requires regular contact with Project managers and potentially external customers, so excellent communication skills are a prerequisite for this role.
Being able to work in a team is essential, as is the ability to take proactive responsibility for the delivery of your package of work.
The role may require occasional national and international travel and will require the ability to work in a cleanroom environment.
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.