Optical Systems Engineer
£30,357 – £32,997
Full time/Part Time (Minimum 26 hours per week)
The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI 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.
RAL Space, UKRI’s space laboratory based at the STFC Harwell Campus, has a number of vacancies for Optical Systems Engineers.
RAL Space carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We have had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and are at the forefront of UK space research. The Optical Systems Group is responsible for the conception, design, development and test of optical systems for space instrumentation in Earth Observation, Planetary and Solar space science missions and optical communications.
About the role
The Optical Systems Engineer’s responsibilities cover the full life cycle of optical instrument development, from early conceptual design work through to analysis and reporting on working instruments.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- 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 and testing of optical systems
- design and construction of optical test and calibration equipment
- documentation of design, build procedures and test results.
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 team meetings and public conferences.
It is essential that you have a degree in optics, physics or a relatable discipline.
You will have had experience in optical design and analysis and with developing and building optical instrumentation.
It is also essential that you can travel and work outside of the UK for short periods.
Experience in optical alignment and measurement techniques, project management, industry standard optical design tools (e.g. CodeV, Zemax, ASAP) and an understanding of the design challenges of instruments operating under severe environmental conditions are desirable but not essential.
What we offer
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.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the ‘apply for this job’ button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
The closing date for applications is Monday 4th March 2019.