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Details of currently available positions at MSSL are detailed below. Please note that unfortunately we cannot take unsolicited applications for jobs.

Current Vacancies:

Associate Professor in Exoplanets

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an for an Associate Professor position in the field of Exoplanets within the Astrophysics Group at the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory), UCL.. The successful applicant will be expected to pursue a vigorous research programme to boost the fast-growing exoplanet research environment at MSSL. This already includes a strong involvement in ESA's PLATO satellite mission and a new exoplanet research group led by Dr Vincent Van Eylen, as well as a strong Solar System research component. In addition, ESA's Ariel mission is led from our sister Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL. Applicants should have internationally leading research records, and we are particularly interested in candidates who can maximise the scientific return from our substantial involvements in PLATO. The candidate will also fulfill a teaching responsibility at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

MSSL is the UK's largest university-based space research group, delivering a broad, cutting-edge science programme, underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation. Our scientific research ranges from cosmology and the study of extra-galactic objects, to studies of the Sun, the planets and their moons, and the Earth. Details can be found on www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl

UCL is strongly committed to diversity within the community along a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who can contribute to such an environment, and/or have demonstrated leadership toward building an inclusive environment.

This is a full-time, open ended position and the start date will be 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible after that.

Further details on this position and how to apply can be found on the UCL jobs page.

 
Research Fellow (Euclid Science Performance Verification)
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) to join a team working on Euclid. Euclid is the European Space Agency’s next space telescope, due for launch in 2021, whose primary science objective is to determine the nature of dark energy using weak lensing and galaxy clustering measurements.  The post holder will have the opportunity to develop a key part of the Euclid weak lensing cosmology analysis, to collaborate within the Euclid Consortium in the Science Performance Verification group, and to take a leading role in the Euclid verification code development.  The post is initially funded for two years and is expected to continue after this period pending funding.  
 
The post is initially funded for two years. The starting date is as soon as possible. The closing date for applications is 3rd February 2020.
 
Lecturer in Transformation Leadership
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a teaching-focused lecturer in Transformation Leadership within the Technology Management Group in the Department of Space and Climate Physics. 
 
The postholder will provide Masters-level teaching and workshops in transformation leadership / change management within a technology context for academic programmes at UCL in London and the South East, and support other teaching activities in technology management, systems engineering and/or project management in the South East, and occasionally elsewhere in the UK and overseas. The postholder will also conduct original research within the field of transformation leadership / change management within a technology context.
 
The Department of Space and Climate Physics is a research and teaching department of UCL and is the UK's largest university space research group. The department participates in international space science projects by providing custom instrumentation, hardware and/or software products and also by exploiting and interpreting the scientific aspects of the data that these projects obtain. The department is therefore a centre of space science and engineering expertise. To support these projects, a wide range of skills in technology management have been developed in the department. The Technology Management Group of the department is a focus for these skills, and now conducts teaching and research across a broad range of sectors.
 
The closing date for applications is 6th January 2020.
 
Teaching & Learning Administrator
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to join the teaching team in the Department of Space and Climate Physics in a London-based role. Under the direction of the Programme Manager and in conjunction with relevant academic staff, the postholder will provide specialist administration to the MSc Systems Engineering Apprenticeship programme, ensuring effective procedures are documented and adopted for dealing with all aspects of its administration. This post will assist in achieving a high quality and timely service to current and prospective students, and staff relating to the MSc Systems Engineering Apprenticeship programme and beyond.
 
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) of the Department is a focus for these skills.
 
This post is available for two-years in the first instance. 
 
The closing date for applications is 19th December 2019.
 
 
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