Instrumentation Scientist

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 


Faculty of Technology

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation


Instrumentation Scientist


Employment type: Fixed-term (3 years)

Employment basis: Full-time

Salary:  £31,406 - £35,326 per annum 

Post number: ZZ007263

Date published: 29 November 2021

Closing date: 09 January 2022


Interview date: 25 January 2022

The University of Portsmouth is a dynamic and ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

We are inviting applications for an instrument scientist position at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth. The successful candidate should have background experience in the main phases of developing science instruments; experience of working in space instrumentation and CCD detectors is desirable. The instrument scientist will work on building new detectors for ground-based astronomical telescopes, as well as play a leading role in the design and construction of CubeSats as part of a new university-wide space program. This exciting new program offers a great opportunity to an enthusiastic applicant looking to grow into leadership roles as part of a dynamic and fast-paced team. 

The ICG consists of 17 academic staff, around 20 postdoctoral researchers and around 30 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth has major involvement in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Vera Rubin Observatory, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), ESA’s Euclid satellite mission, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), the Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO), and other international collaborations. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information is available at

Applications (application form,and CV) to be submitted by the closing date via the online application system at

Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent by email to [email protected], to arrive by the same date.

We expect the post to start February 2022 or as close to that date as feasible.

The University of Portsmouth believes this role may be eligible for sponsorship with UKVI under the Skilled Worker Route visa. Please familiarise yourself with the requirements set out before applying for this role. If you are unable to meet the requirements for sponsorship you will need to confirm details of an alternative visa to work in the UK when applying for this role.

Anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of our commitment to equality and diversity, ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Personal details will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel. If you’ve been asked to upload further documents, they should not contain identifying information.

We kindly ask that candidates do not send CVs or cover letters as these will not be considered.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applicants from Black, Asian, or from other ethnic groups who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.

To find out more about the University of Portsmouth and this role, click apply.

It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s application form.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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