Senior Electronics Engineer (2 posts)

7 April 2017

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Electronics Engineer within the electronics engineering group at MSSL. There are a number of ongoing projects that this application relates to initially. The development and test of Charged Coupled Devices (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 Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools from Mentor Graphics for PCB and FPGA design.

The development, design 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.

Key Requirements

  • A first degree in electronic engineering or equivalent qualification.
  • A strong proven background in the design of digital electronics systems.
  • A high level of experience with low noise analogue signal conditioning electronics including PCB layout for low noise and low cross-talk analogue instrumentation circuits.
  • A strong background in the engineering of complex equipment to tight specifications.
  • Test and characterise flight model electronics and take charge of the designs throughout the design process from breadboard to flight models.
  • Support the programme with documentation including analyses and presentations.
  • An ability to co-ordinate design, development and testing activities within a team of scientists and engineers.


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 and 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 50 satellite missions with the European Space Agency (ESA), 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. 

To apply for this post, please go to: 

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/  and search on 1637640.

A Person and Job Specification is available to download

UCL Department/Division: Department of Space & Climate Physics
Grade 8
Hours Full Time
Salary £39,324 - £46,924 per annum
Closing Date:                                     5th May 2017  

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