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Part-time Senior Administrator for Postgraduate Teaching & Learning

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Applications are invited for the post of Part-Time Senior Administrator for Postgraduate Teaching and Learning.

Electronic Engineer - Euclid-VIS System

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Applications are invited for the post of Euclid System Electrical Engineer for the Visible Instrument on the ESA Euclid dark-energy mission. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of one of the most interesting and important scientific missions under development. The successful candidate will be responsible for oversight of the electrical development of the instrument, in the UK, France, Switzerland and Italy. The role will also include the planning, oversight and in some cases execution of the testing and verification across the consortium institutes. The System Electrical Engineer will also coordinate the design, development and verification of the MSSL developed electronics.

Space Project Mechanical Engineer

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Applications are invited for the post of Mechanical Engineer for the Visible Instrument on the ESA Euclid dark-energy mission and the ExoMars PanCam instrument. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of some of the most interesting and important scientific missions under development. The successful candidate will support the mechanical and thermal development and test of the instruments, and interact with collaborators at institutes across Europe. The role will also include the performing analyses, the design of ground support equipment and the generation of specifications and reports.

UCL Colloquium 11 May 2016 - Prof Martin Rees, FRS

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Prof. Martin Rees FRS

Prof Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS, FREng, FMedSci is to give a talk entitled 'Real and Counterfactual Universes'

Deputy Head of Flight Test Facilities & Contamination Control Engineering

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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{o-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 £30,738 to £37,768 per annum depending on experience.

Workshop Instrument Maker and Fitter

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The workshop instrument maker and fitter works in the mechanical workshop that is part of the laboratory. The laboratory is the department of Space & Climate Physics which is one of the departments of University College London. The laboratory is located outside London in the South of Surrey.

2016 PhD Opportunities in Department of Space & Climate Physics, University College London

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Department of Space & Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory in the beautiful countryside in Surrey, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/about-mssl/find-us/travel-by-car), University College London is currently accepting the applications for several STFC PhD positions commencing in September 2016. 

Quality Assurance Co-ordinator

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Applications are invited for a position in the Product Assurance Group at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London. The group is currently involved in producing scientific instrumentation 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 campaigns.  The position is available for a self starter who has an eye for detail and understands the ideas of continuous improvement and quality. This is a challenging role which requires common sense, taking pleasure in being busy and enjoying multi-tasking to complete all tasks in hand. Also, good computer literacy is key and the successful applicant should be eager to strengthen and develop their personal and problem solving skills.

Mechanical Design Engineer

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Applications are invited for the above post in the Mechanical and Thermal Engineering group at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory of University College, to support the Laboratory’s space science instrumentation programme.

UCL’s ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars

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Artist's Impression of the ExoMars Rover (courtesy: ESA)

The UCL-made ‘structural-thermal model’ of the ExoMars PanCam instrument for the joint ESA-Roscosmos (Russian space agency) 2018 rover mission leaves UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) today for Airbus UK in Stevenage. This is the first of several steps on the way to Mars - in 2016, UCL will deliver engineering- and flight models. The flight model will be the actual instrument which travels to Mars where it will identify promising targets for the mission.

Cassini mission provides insight into Saturn

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The above image is an artist's rendition of the Cassini spacecraft approaching the planet Saturn. Image credit: NASA/JPL

Scientists have found the first direct evidence for explosive releases of energy in Saturn's magnetic bubble using data from the Cassini spacecraft, a joint mission between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency. The research is reported in the journal Nature Physics.

MSSL Awards 2015

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On Monday 23rd November, staff and students gathered to recognise outstanding people at MSSL in the annual MSSL awards. The awards, presented in memory of former colleagues, are a recognition of excellence in our science, engineering and outreach programmes.

Laboratorio - Poems from MSSL

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Cover art for Laboratorio, published by Sidekick Books

Last week saw the launch at an event at Greenwhich Observatory of 'Laboratorio', a collection of poems by MSSL staff and students, edited by award-winning poet Simon Barraclough. It was the culmination of a project funded by the STFC for Simon to spend a year as 'poet in residence' at MSSL.

How did Mars lose its habitable climate? The answer is blowing in the solar wind

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Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) explains how the solar wind has stripped Mars of its atmosphere, making it a lot less habitable than it once was. Read: The ConversationMore: Discover Magazine

UCL Staff Engagement Survey 2015

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Staff Survey 2015 logo

UCL is launching the 2015 Staff Engagement Survey on 9 November. Participating in the staff survey helps the Senior Management Team (SMT) to understand your experience of work and the working environment and how this impacts on achieving UCL’s goals.

Prizes for the 2014/15 MSc Programmes in Systems Engineering Management and MSc in Technology Management.

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MSSL is proud to announce the winners of this year's student awards on its Systems Engineering Management and Technology Management MSc Programmes.

Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure launches new era of planetary collaboration in Europe

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Mars (credit: NASA, ESA)

A €9.95 million project to integrate and support planetary science activities across Europe has been launched.

MSSL involved in new NASA proposals

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The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), launched in 2012, is an Explorer mission that allows astronomers to study the universe in high energy X-rays. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency’s larger missions. MSSL's Prof. Kinwah Wu and Dr. Silvia Zane are part of the team behind the selected IXPE proposal.

Sixth Formers Sample Space Science

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Students at MSSL's Work Experience Week 2015

MSSL has just finished its second annual work experience week for sixth formers and in the words of Adi Ramani, one of the sixth formers taking part: “It was an amazing week. I don’t think anything was lacking.  It is the perfect experience for anyone wanting to pursue Physics or Engineering.”

Solar Physics Group celebrates RAS and Arthur awards

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Prof. Len Culhane, winner of the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Lifetime Space Achievement, with Prof. Nick Brook, Dean of the UCL MAPS faculty

Members of the MSSL Solar Physics Group have been celebrating three recent awards for their achievements and service to the solar physics and wider astronomical communities. Prof. Len Culhane was awarded the Sir Arthur C. Clarke Award for Lifetime Achievement at this year's awards ceremony. Prof. Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi was awarded the RAS Service Award and Prof. Louise Harra received the RAS Group Achievement Award on behalf of the Hinode EIS Team at this year's National Astronomy Meeting.

MSSL Signs up to UCLU's "Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment"

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Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment

MSSL has signed up to UCLU and UCL's "Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge for Departments". Run by UCLU, the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment campaign aims to eradicate sexual harassment at UCL. The campaign has already engaged hundreds of students and UCLU societies and is now expanding across the University.

Titan’s atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought

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Cassini at Saturn

Scientists at UCL have observed how a widespread polar wind is driving gas from the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan.

ESA shortlists three space missions with major UCL contributions

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Mission themes

The European Space Agency has announced the shortlisted proposals for its next mid-sized science mission.

All three proposed spacecraft have significant contributions from UCL, which means the university will be guaranteed a role regardless of which is chosen. The candidates are in the areas of exoplanet science, plasma physics and X-ray observations of high-energy phenomena, with teams including academics at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory and UCL Physics & Astronomy.

ESA Announces M4 Down-selection

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ESA has announced the three missions that will undergo Phase A studies for the fourth M-class mission in the Cosmic Visions science programme. These are the Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (Ariel), the Turbulence Heating ObserveR (Thor) and the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer (Xipe). MSSL scientists and engineers will be involved in the studies for all three missions.

SMILE space mission passes first hurdle

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Solar-terrestrial interactions. From left to right: Solar Dynamics Observatory image of the Sun (Credit: NASA); Earth’s magnetosphere (Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration); SMILE soft X-ray imager simulation of  emission from the magnetosheath and the cusps (the large box represents the soft X-ray imager field of view and the smaller one that of the auroral UV imager); FUV aurora from IMAGE (Credit: SMILE mission)

A space mission called SMILE (Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) which is jointly led by UCL and the Chinese National Space Science Center has received the go-ahead for an initial study phase this summer by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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