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MSSL Space Plasma Physics researchers celebrated by Royal Astronomical Society

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Dr. Zhonghua Yao and Prof. Chris Owen

We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Professor Chris Owen and Dr. Zhonghua Yao, recipients of two prestigious awards from the Royal Astronomical Society. Prof. Owen will give the 2017 “James Dungey Lecture” and Dr. Yao was awarded the “Winton Capital Award” for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK institution whose career has shown the most promising development.

SMILE SXI Research Associate

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A new postdoctoral position has been created at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL, based at Holmbury St. Mary, near Dorking in Surrey), the home of UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics. For administrative purposes the Department is part of the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS). The position will entail creating and analysing science and instrument simulations in the context of the SMILE (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) mission which is currently under joint development by the European Space Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dr Zhonghua Yao awarded Royal Astronomical Society prize

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Dr Zhonghua Yao

The Winton Capital Award for Geophysics is awarded to Dr Zhonghua Yao. Dr Yao is an exceptional post-doctoral research associate, at the start of a stellar career. He has made significant scientific breakthroughs within the field of magnetospheric plasma physics using novel analysis techniques, and he has already proven himself to be a remarkably capable researcher with outstanding scientific insight. 

Mechanical Designer

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Applications are invited for the post of Mechanical Designer in the mechanical and thermal engineering group at MSSL to support the Laboratory’s space science instrumentation. 

Flight Test Facilities Engineer

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Applications are invited for a position in the Flight Test Facilities Group at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London. The group is currently involved in testing hardware for a number of ESA space missions, including Exomars, Solar Orbiter, Euclid and Plato. The successful applicant will provide support to these space flight hardware test campaigns, as well as being responsible for the maintenance and day-to-day running of MSSL’s flight test facilities and cleanrooms. The successful applicant should hold a degree in engineering or equivalent and have experience of working with space flight hardware. The post is for 2 years in the first instance, continuation subject to grant funding. The salary is on UCL Salary Grade 7, ranging from £31,076 - £38,183per annum depending on experience.

Research into Jupiter's X-ray aurora

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A new postdoctoral position has been created jointly by UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL, based at Holmbury St. Mary, near Dorking in Surrey, the home of UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy (P&A), based at UCL’s London campus in Gower Street. For administrative purposes both Departments are part of the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS). The position will entail the analysis and interpretation of Chandra and XMM-Newton data (archival and from forthcoming approved observations) of the planet Jupiter, with special emphasis on the X-ray aurora, the processes that generate it and their dependence on the solar wind and local magnetospheric conditions.

Research Associates in the Solar Orbiter SWA Operations Team (2 posts)

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We seek to appoint two individuals to join the Operations team for the Solar Orbiter Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) Investigation.  In the first instance (prior to launch), these posts will be centrally involved in the full software and hardware development of the SWA operations facility and capability, which must be designed and built to handle all SWA commanding, data handling, calibration and archiving, and instrument health monitoring activities prior to the launch of the mission.  Close collaboration with the ESA Science Operations Centre and Mission Operations Centre teams and SWA partners in Rome, Toulouse, Texas and Michigan will be required.

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