STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255303
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £38969 - £43300
Date Posted 09 October 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 06 November 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £38,969 to £43,300 per annum
Grade: UKRI E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 6th November 2020
Interview Date: W/C 23rd November 2020 in person if local, or Via Zoom depending on travel restrictions

The UKATC designs and builds ground and space-based instrumentation for large astronomical observatories around the world. Projects are typically on 5-10- year lifecycles and are carried out by teams made up from a variety of international consortium partners. The main area of expertise is in optical and infrared instrumentation and we have an excellent reputation for project leadership and system integration. Within the astronomy community the systems engineer is normally seen as the technical leader of the project, with responsibility for the performance of the delivered product and has a significant customer-facing role.                     

Main Duties:

The Systems Engineering group is seeking an experienced system engineer with proven experience as a practicing system engineer in addition to having been an accomplished design engineer in any of the primary engineering disciplines (optical, mechanical, electronics, control and/or software engineering) as an early stage engineer. You will be working on either the exciting gravitational wave space experiment instrument and/or on one of the instruments for the world’s largest ground-based optical and infrared telescope also known as the “world’s biggest eye on the night sky”.

As a senior Systems Engineer, you will be typically part of the Project Management Team of one or two large development projects and you will be responsible for the requirements engineering, the overall system design, assembly, integration, verification, installation, commissioning and delivery of our astronomical and scientific products. Working as a senior member of the team, you will have many opportunities to innovate, and develop new technical solutions. This opportunity will provide you with a lot of scope to be creative.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Requirements engineering
  • Development of the overall system architecture
  • Definition and control of internal and external interface
  • Application of end-to-end systems analysis and modelling and the subsequent allocation and management of technical budgets/tolerances
  • The development of integration and test plans which will verify compliance with sub-system and ultimately, top-level requirements
  • Verification testing and acceptance at sub-system and system level
  • Installation and commissioning of products at deployment centres, typically observatories
  • Be the technical leader on a large international project
  • Conduct technical risk and safety assessments
  • Responsible for product assurance.

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 www.ukri.org.

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 Criteria

Essential:

  • Degree in an applicable engineering discipline or Physics with relevant working experience in development
  • Proven industry systems engineering experience with designing complex opto-mechanical-electronics systems
  • Knowledge of engineering management with a broad but not necessarily detailed, knowledge of the technologies involved in the engineering activities being managed
  • Knowledge of principles and methods of systems engineering and project management
  • Basic problem-solving skills
  • Ability to Plan, organize resources, motivate people, measure performance and apply corrections where necessary
  • Demonstrated experience of working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to manage outwards, engendering confidence in the systems engineering from the stakeholders
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of applying principles and methods of requirements analysis.

Desirable:

  • Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and being a Chartered Engineer with membership of a relevant institution (e.g. IET, INCOSE)
  • Knowledge of modelling languages, and relevant software tools
  • System integration, tools, test equipment, principles and methods of validation
  • Knowledge of risk assessment
  • Knowledge of safety assessment.

Interview Criteria

Essential:

  • Proven industry systems engineering experience with designing complex opto-mechanical-electronics systems
  • Knowledge of engineering management with a broad but not necessarily detailed, knowledge of the technologies involved in the engineering activities being managed
  • Knowledge of principles and methods of systems engineering and project management
  • Basic problem-solving skills
  • Ability to Plan, organise resources, motivate people, measure performance and apply corrections where necessary
  • Demonstrated experience of working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to manage outwards, engendering confidence in the systems engineering from the stakeholders
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of applying principles and methods of requirements analysis.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of modelling languages, and relevant software tools
  • System integration, tools, test equipment, principles and methods of validation
  • Knowledge of risk assessment
  • Knowledge of safety assessment.

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 aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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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