Senior Instrumentation Systems Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Archive Date: 
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Senior Instrumentation Systems Engineer

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh.

Salary: UKRI Band F £50,702 to £64,786 per annum (dependent on skills and experience) *.

Contract Type: Open-Ended

Hours: Full-Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)


*This role is eligible for up to £5,000 Responsibility and Retention Allowance gross per annum

Come and do the kind of engineering that made you want to be an engineer. Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding.

The UK ATC has an excellent reputation for designing and building ground and space-based instrumentation for large astronomical observatories worldwide. Projects typically consist of international teams and have a 5-to-10-year life cycle. The Systems Engineer is the technical leader of a project, with responsibility for the performance of the delivered product and has a significant customer-facing role.

About the role

The Systems Engineering group at the UK ATC is seeking people with proven experience as an accomplished, practicing Systems Engineer to work on a range of ground, and space-based instrumentation projects. In addition to being an accomplished design engineer in a primary engineering discipline, you must have proven experience of leading an international multidisciplinary engineering team. Some level of domestic and international travel should be anticipated.[MM(1]

As a Senior Systems Engineer, you will be a key player in the project management team. You will have the freedom to define, control and execute your own work plan without the need to be supervised and you will have many opportunities to innovate and develop new technical solutions, with considerable scope to be creative.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Development of the overall system architecture.
  • Overall responsibility for the flow of information within the consortium team and with the external stakeholders.
  • Definition and control of internal and external interfaces.
  • Application of end-to-end systems analysis and modelling and the subsequent allocation and management of technical budgets/tolerances.
  • Requirements engineering.
  • The development of integration and test plans which will verify compliance with sub-system and instrument requirements.
  • Manage the assembly, integration and testing of systems and sub-systems in UK ATC laboratories.
  • Verification testing and acceptance at sub-system and system level.
  • Installation and commissioning of products at deployment sites, typically observatories.

Person Specification

  • Degree in an applicable engineering subject area (Optical, Mechanical, Electronics, or Software), Physics degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Proven industry systems engineering experience including architectural design of complex systems.
  • Proven experience in leading and managing significant multidisciplinary, international engineering teams.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of instrumentation technologies.
  • Excellent analytical and technical problem-solving skills.
  • Eye for detail while keeping the bigger picture in mind.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.

STFC values their employees by offering a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional average salary pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies and a subsidised restaurant.

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 07710 115815.

The closing date for applications is 24th September 2023.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
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