Electronics Design and Test Engineers (2 posts)

7 April 2017

Applications are invited for the post of Electronics Design and Test Engineer within the electronics engineering group at MSSL. These posts are in the Department of Space and Climate Physics (www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/) at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. For administrative purposes, the Department is part of the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS). MSSL is located in its own campus in the Surrey Hills, surrounded by woodland. MSSL is the UK’s largest university space research group. Space science is a discipline that demands highly innovative technologies and MSSL has an international reputation for excellence in this area. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 40 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA, Japan, Russia, China and India, and have flown over 230 rocket experiments. The total staff compliment is approximately 170. The engineering groups have all the capabilities needed to design, build and test space science instruments in house. We have been successful in our bids to provide instruments for the Solar Orbiter, PLATO, ExoMars PanCam and Euclid missions in Cosmic Vision, the current science programme of the European Space Agency and hence need to recruit additional staff. The Electronic Engineering Group consists of design engineers working on a diverse range of electronic disciplines supported by PCB layout and assembly groups.

There are a number of ongoing projects that are related to this particular post. The development and test of CCD front end read-out electronics.  Front end electronics are located within the instruments focal plane next to the CCDs and provide all the necessary functions to clock the CCD and read out images. Communications with data processing units are via Spacewire high speed digital link implemented within a field programmable gate array based digital control system. National Instruments LabVIEW is widely used in our ground check-out systems and we use CAD tools from Mentor Graphics for PCB and FPGA design.

The development and test of low noise and high speed readout analogue electronics for CCD readout is a key part to this posts responsibilities although the role is not limited to this.

These posts may also be required to work on other projects within MSSL as the needs arises, some examples are:- Analogue circuit design and test, digital circuit design and test, high and low voltage power supply design and test, FPGA and microcontroller digital systems and electronic ground support equipment design and test. The Mentor suite of PCB design tools have powerful PCB analysis tools built in which allow the engineer to design the PCB with desired properties and analyse results prior to PCB manufacture.  

A Person and Job Specification is available to download

To apply for this post please go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/ and search on 1637602.

Grade 7
Hours Full Time
Salary £31,076 -£38,183 p.a.
Closing Date: 7th May 2017

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