EO Instrumentalist

Job title: EO Instrumentalist

Company: STFC

Job description: Salary: Band D (S1) £42,840 to £47,124 per annum (dependent on skills and experience).
Hours: Full time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers, technicians and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society.

Come and discover how much you can achieve when you’re surrounded by world-leading experts, encouraged to constantly learn and empowered to explore your curiosity.

The role

The Earth Observation and Atmospheric Sciences Division within RAL Space are seeking to recruit a self-motivated experimentalist to work on the development of optical systems for remote sensing applications.

The post holder will work within the Optical Sensors Calibration and Validation Group which has interests in satellite and field instruments used to measure geophysical properties for climate change monitoring, atmospheric composition, and agricultural applications. The activities include, developing instruments to be used for the calibration and validation of satellite instruments, conducting and processing data from field campaigns.

The candidate should be able to design and implement electro-optical instruments to be deployed on drones, participate in field campaigns, process campaign data, generate documentation, manage their workflows, and interact with academic and industrial partners. While the group has important core activities, we would encourage the development of individual projects and relevant research interests.

Our Benefits

Our Benefits include a flexible working scheme (subject to business requirements), Defined benefit pension scheme, and 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 bank holiday/privilege days and several other benefits.

Key duties:

  • Design and implementation of optical systems for remote sensing applications.
  • Deployment of field instruments for validation of satellite datasets.
  • Analysis of satellite and field instrument data for earth observation applications
  • Conduct instrument test and calibration campaigns; analysis of measurement data and presentation of test results.

Person specification:

  • 1st or Upper 2nd Class Hons degree in a physical science (or equivalent experience)
  • Practical experience in electronic, mechanical and optical design.
  • A good understanding of optical systems and related fields (e.g. spectroscopy, calibration).
  • Ability to identify and analyse technical problems and to propose and implement potential solutions
  • Organisational skills, flexibility and agility to multiplex between projects and meet project deadlines
  • Experience of programming in one or more of: IDL, Python, Matlab
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to work co-operatively and constructively within a small team

Contacts and Communication

The new post-holder will be responsible to their Section Leader and to the Optical Sensors Calibration and Validation Group Leader. They will also interact closely with other colleagues in the Group to define and progress their work. They will be expected to give presentations at project meetings and in other fora and to represent the Group at national and international meetings and conferences.

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Location: Rutherford, Scottish Borders – Harwell, Oxfordshire

Job date: Wed, 28 Feb 2024 23:11:15 GMT

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