Systems Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Posted 2 months ago
  • Salary: £31.931 to £34,709 per annum (plus additional role based allowance dependant on experience)

Company Details


The RAL Space, Space Engineering & Technology Division is recruiting Space Systems Engineers in order to support a growing number of ongoing and new programmes. The portfolio of programmes supported by the division covers a wide range of applications (Space Instrument Systems, Space Physics, Earth Observation and Space Technology Development) and will provide the successful candidates with opportunities to provide technical leadership of a range of projects involving ground support, calibration and commissioning of flight hardware at all stages of the space project lifecycle; from pre-project feasibility studies, through to flight operations. 

Depending on the mix of  experience and skill sets of the successful candidates, the eventual positions will be tailored to focus on one or more of the following areas; Concurrent Design, Space Technology Road-mapping, Space Physics instrumentation and Earth Observation. The post offers longer term professional development opportunities in Systems Engineering specialisations and Technical Programme Management.

List of Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Systems Engineering input to existing and future space projects
  • Involvement in conceptual instrument design for future space projects
  • Involvement in requirement definition and flow down process
  • Detailed project work in planning, executing and reporting of tests, verification and calibration activities
  • Commissioning and operation of space hardware
  • Involvement in preparation of proposals for future lines of work
  • Investigation of future ideas with academic and industrial partners

Contacts and Communication:

  • Regular contact with external customers
  • Regular contact with a variety of space engineering and scientific support staff both internal and external to STFC
  • Reporting to senior systems engineer.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • Ability to work effectively in teams; both as a team member as well as in a leadership role
  • Ability to stimulate and nurture collaborations with academic and industrial partners
  • effective written and verbal communication
  • demonstrated ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technologies
  • high level of self motivation and drive
  • highly organized with good time management skills.

Any other Relevant Information:

available to travel/work in the UK and overseas for meetings, etc.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) Criteria


  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physics or equivalent (S)
  • Expertise in one space related engineering discipline (S,I)
  • Knowledge of at least one additional space related engineering discipline (S,I)
  • Aerospace or science research project experience (S,I).
  • Systems Engineering experience on aerospace or scientific instrument development project (S,I).
  • experience with design and/or analysis software tools (S,I)
  • strong communication skills (verbal and written); e.g. experience of proposal writing and making recommendations to collaborators and “subject matter experts” (S,I)
  • ability to manage a workload on a range of projects with competing time demands (I)
  • ability to “manage upwards” as well as downwards (I)
  • ability to work autonomously towards a goal, driven, confident, and self motivated (I)
  • ability to lead and be a proactive team member (S,I)
  • analytical with strong problem solving skills (I)
  • available for overseas travel for periods up to one week (S,I).


  • post graduate degree or equivalent in Spacecraft Engineering or relevant field (S)
  • system engineering qualification (S)
  • experience of scientific instrument development (ground, suborbital or orbital) (S,I)
  • space project experience (S)
  • experience with mechanisms (S,I)
  • experience of technology development (planning, breadboarding) (S)
  • experience in the application of a range of ECSS standards (S)
  • experience in a Concurrent Design Facility (S).

About STFC 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

How to Apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

About UKRI 

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.

Disability Confident Employer 

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application.

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