Lead/Senior Optical Systems Engineer
5d ago

Brief Description

Salary : Band-E £38,318 to £45,576 or Band-F £48,877 to £58,308 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)

Grade : Band E / Band F

Contract Type : Open-Ended (permanent)

Hours : Full time / Part time (minimum 26 hours per week).

Closing Date : 27th October 2019

About us

RAL Space, UKRI’s space laboratory based at the STFC Harwell Campus, has a number of vacancies for Optical Systems Engineers.

RAL Space enjoys an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We have had significant involvement in over 210 space missions and are at the forefront of UK space research.

About the role

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 mission post-

launch 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 (a Space Weather mission to monitor potentially disruptive solar activity on 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.

As an Optical Systems Engineer, your responsibilities cover the full life-cycle of optical instrument development, from early conceptual design work through to analysis and reporting on working instruments :

  • Working with science teams to develop project requirements
  • Conceptual system designs
  • Developing instrument performance models involving knowledge of radiometric errors, imaging and spectral resolution, calibration, and manufacturing and alignment tolerances
  • Design, optimisation, tolerancing and analysis of optical systems
  • Stray-light modelling and the design of baffling systems
  • Specification and procurement of optical components and supporting opto-mechanical systems
  • Assembly, alignment, testing and verification of optical systems
  • Design and construction of optical test and calibration equipment
  • Documentation of design, build procedures and test results.
  • In addition, as a Lead Optical Systems Engineer, you may also be responsible for :

  • Technical leadership of a group of engineers
  • Technical lead and management of future proposals
  • Overall project management of instrument delivery programmes
  • Leading optical work within international consortia.
  • RAL Space is a highly multi-disciplinary environment, so engineers are expected to liaise with other specialists to ensure that performance is maintained during the development of the electronics, mechanical and thermal aspects of instruments.

    You will need to be capable of presenting and justifying designs to scientists and engineers, both in internal team meetings, project consortium meetings, agency design reviews and public conferences.

    This role will offer the opportunity to travel and work outside of the UK for short periods.

    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. More information can be found at .

    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.

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