New Robotic Telescope - Systems Engineer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Liverpool John Moores Univeristy
Department Name: 
Astrophysics Research Institute
L3 5RF
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Liverpool John Moores University owns and operates a 2.0-m robotic telescope (“The Liverpool Telescope”) on La Palma in the Canary Islands. Working with international partners we now intend to build a 4.0m class robotic telescope on the same site. We seek an experienced Systems Engineer to take responsibility for systems engineering aspects of the new robotic telescope and its associated instrumentation. You will develop and maintain the work package breakdown, error and throughput budgets and interface definitions and act as overall design authority in engineering trade-offs. You will also act as the liaison between Scientific and Engineering domains translating requirements and implications as necessary, and between work package partners in engineering matters. The position is based in Liverpool, UK, although travel to international partners will be required at times.

More details about the Liverpool Telescope are available at

More details about ARI are available at

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Iain Steele (Liverpool Telescope Director) email: or Mr Adrian McGrath (New Robotic Telescope Project Manager) email:

Closing date: 31st July 2018

For further information, including job description, and to apply online please visit our website:

Alternatively contact the People and Organisational Development Department on 0151 904 6130 or 6131 email:

LJMU is committed to achieving equality of opportunity. Applications are particularly welcome from all women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented within ARI. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age or disability.

Salary: £39,324 - £48,327

Included Benefits: 

The UK has a free National Health Service

Annual leave: allowance of 35 days (for grades 8 and above) plus 8 public holidays

Childcare: vouchers which are exempt from tax and national insurance (up to a value of £243 per month). You could save up to £933 per year

Pension: access to a generous defined benefit pension scheme 

Travel: various interest free travel loans for annual season tickets, cycle to work scheme and reduced-rate city centre car parking

Flexible working: maintain a healthy balance between work and home life with opportunities to work flexibly – including flexitime and job sharing where possible

Health and wellbeing: we offer counselling and advice services, a voluntary dental plan option and free off-peak gym membership

Professional development: our Leadership and Development Foundations offers ILM recognised leadership and management support, mentoring, 1 to 1 coaching and a wide range of professional development courses. We take career progression seriously and encourage all staff to maintain their continuous professional development. There are opportunities to take part in accredited qualifications in Education and Training (CIEH), Leadership and Management Development (ILM), Developing Professional Practice (SEDA) and online ITQs accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS)

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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