Systems Engineer

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The Systems Engineering group is seeking an accomplished System Engineer with proven experience as a practising Systems/Project Engineer in addition to having been an accomplished design engineer in any of the primary engineering fields (optical, mechanical, electronics, control, and/or software engineering). You will be working on a range of ground based instrumentation projects for leading observatories worldwide.

As a senior systems engineer, you will be a key player and will be part of the project management team. You will be responsible for the requirements engineering, the overall system architecture, assembly, integration, verification, installation, commissioning, and delivery of our astronomical and scientific products. Working as a senior member of the team, you will have the freedom to define and implement 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.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Development of the overall system architecture.
  • Overall responsibility for the flow of information within the consortium team and with the external partners.
  • 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.
  • Verification testing and acceptance at sub-system and system level.
  • Installation and commissioning of products at deployment centres, typically observatories.
  • Technical leadership.
  • Conduct technical risk and safety assessments.
  • Responsible for product assurance.

Person Specification

The role will be appointed at either Senior Systems Engineer (Band F) or Systems Engineer (Band E) level, depending on your skills and experience. The criteria below highlight what is required to be appointed at the more senior level.

Essential

  • Degree in an applicable engineering subject area (Optical, Mechanical, Electronics, or Software), Physics degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Proven industry systems engineering experience with architectural design of complex systems.
  • Proven experience in managing engineering teams (Essential for Band F Only).
  • Knowledge of a wide range of technologies.
  • Good at prioritising.
  • Excellent written communication skills.

Desirable

  • Multi-engineering subject-area degree or degree in systems engineer.
  • Knowledge or experience with astronomical instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment.
  • Knowledge of safety and hazard analysis.
  • Knowledge of reliability analysis (Desirable for Band F Only).

Essential

  • Proven industry systems engineering experience with architectural design of complex systems.
  • Proven experience in managing engineering teams (Essential for Band F Only).
  • Excellent analytical and technical problem solving.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of technologies.
  • Eye for detail while keeping the bigger picture in mind.
  • Good at prioritising.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

Desirable

  • Knowledge or experience with astronomical instrumentation.

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