Workshop Instrument Maker and Fitter

6 June 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of Workshop Instrument Maker and Fitter in the Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Group in the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) to support the laboratory’s space science instrumentation programme. The successful candidate will work alongside 5 other members of the group in the mechanical workshop. The work carried out in the workshop involves manufacture of bespoke parts for laboratory experiments and space flight instrumentation. In addition to this a significant amount of work is outsourced and requires inspection and processing. The outsourced work varies from painting, coating and other specialist processes not carried out in the laboratory as well as the manufacture of parts not suitable for the workflow in the workshop. It is important in this environment to maintain quality standards and the associated paperwork that is part of each space flight project. 

The post is initially funded for two years and is expected to continue after this period pending funding.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory is located on its own campus in the beautiful 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. UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 40 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA (US), Japan, Russia, China and India, and flown over 230 rocket experiments. 

The Department is family friendly and applications would be welcome from applicants seeking part-time opportunities.

Main purpose of the job

The post holder will work within project teams to develop instruments, or subsystems of instruments, as required for the laboratory’s space projects. The work carried out will support instrument development during the study phase of space programmes, and fulfil instrument design requirements during the build phase or support mechanical test programmes. The successful applicant will receive training or instructions regarding specific tasks. The majority of the work will relate to fitting and the paperwork associated with this.

Job Title: Workshop Instrument Maker and Fitter
Grade: 6, full-time
Salary: £24,983 to £29,799 per annum. The post is initially funded for two years and is expected to continue after this period pending funding.
Location: The post is based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, located in Holmbury St Mary, near Dorking in Surrey

Closing Date: 2nd July 2018

A Job and Person Specification is available to download


Informal enquiries should be made to Berend Winter (b.winter@ucl.ac.uk).

Applications should be completed on line http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/. However if you are having difficulty accessing the on-line recruitment system please contact Suzanne Winter (s.winter@ucl.ac.uk) for advice.

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