Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249757
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £45576
Date Posted 22 August 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 23 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 to £45,576 per annum (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of sector based annual allowance - pro rata for part time)
Grade: Band E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part time (minimum 22 hours)
Closing Date: 23rd September 2019



The RAL Space, Space Engineering & Technology Division is recruiting Systems Engineers in order to support a growing number of ongoing test facility programmes. This covers the detailed design, integration and testing for facilities for two major satellite test campaigns for Earth Observation missions, and in the long term, will provide you with opportunities to provide technical leadership of a range of projects involving support and test equipment for space hardware at all stages of the project lifecycle; from pre-project feasibility studies, design, build, testing and calibration.

After the test projects are complete, it is intended that you will continue within the division as specialists for the production of support equipment for future test campaigns, and so will involve all stages of the project lifecycle, from proposing new work, pre-project feasibility studies, design, build, commissioning and operation during customers’ testing. You will be offered longer term professional development opportunities in Systems Engineering specialisations and Technical Programme Management.

List of duties/responsibilities:

  • Systems engineering input to existing MGSE design for thermal vacuum test projects
  • Leading the requirement definition and flow down process
  • Management of design during detailed design activities
  • Detailed project work in planning, executing and reporting of tests, commissioning, verification, calibration activities
  • Commissioning and operation of Ground Support Equipment for vacuum test
  • Management of significant work packages and/or small projects
  • Management of junior members of staff within the systems engineering group
  • Conceptual design for future ground support equipment projects 
  • Preparation of proposals for future lines of work
  • Investigate future ideas with academic and industrial partners.

Contacts and Communication:

  • Regular contact with external customers and suppliers
  • Technical oversight of (overseas) supplier’s work
  • Regular contact with a variety of space engineering and scientific support staff both internal and external to STFC
  • Regular contact with RAL Space senior management team
  • Will be required to talk to the press and members of the public about your projects  
  • Will report directly to Senior Systems Engineer or Group leader depending on the grade.

Personal skills and attributes:

  • Ability to work effectively in teams; both as a team member as well as in a leadership role
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technologies 
  • High level of self motivation and drive
  • Highly organised with good time management skills.

Any other relevant information

Available to travel/work in the UK and overseas for meetings etc.

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.

Shortlisting & Interview criteria

The below will be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physics or equivalent experience (S)
  • Expertise in mechanical and or thermal design and analysis (S&I)
  • Systems engineering experience on aerospace or scientific instrument or test facility projects (S&I)
  • Experience in one project throughout lifecycle (S&I)
  • Experience making recommendations to collaborators and “subject matter experts” (S&I)
  • Good computer skills (S)
  • Experience with design and/or analysis software tools (S&I)
  • Ground support equipment design and verification experience (S&I).


  • Experience of scientific instrument testing (ground, suborbital or orbital) (S&I)
  • Space project experience (S&I)
  • Experience in the application of a range of ECSS standards (S&I)
  • Metrology experience (S&I)
  • Thermal test experience (S&I)
  • Experience of proposal writing (S&I)
  • Experience using DOORs. 

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.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

The closing date for applications is 23rd September 2019, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.

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