Current Vacancies

Research Associate in Solar Wind Plasma Physics

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We seek to appoint a scientifically productive post-doctoral scientist to undertake research in the area of space plasma physics, with particular emphasis on studies which are relevant to our preparations for the upcoming ESA Solar Orbiter mission.  UCL/MSSL is the Principal Investigator institute for the Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) suite of instruments for this mission.  The appointee will be expected to use relevant data from current or previous missions to perform scientific investigations prior to the availability of the state-of-the-art SWA data which will be collected by Solar Orbiter following launch in 2019.

Training Programme Administrator and Marketing Officer

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The Department of Space and Climate Physics is a research and teaching department of UCL, with a particular emphasis on space instrumentation. The department participates in international space science missions by providing custom instrumentation, hardware and/or software products and also by exploiting and interpreting the scientific aspects of the data that the missions obtain. The department is therefore a centre of astrophysics, space science and engineering expertise. To support these projects, a wide range of skills in ‘technology management’ have been developed in the department, and the Technology Management Group (TMG) within UCL Space & Climate Physics is a focus for these skills.

Electronics Design and Test Engineers (2 posts)

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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.

Senior Electronics Engineer (2 posts)

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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.

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