Spacecraft Thermal Engineer

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Company: STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary: £37,415 - £44,072 (Engineer), £47,725 - £53,028 (Senior Engineer)

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Permanent

Type / Role: Academic or Research

Phone: +44-1397 1101898

Fax: +44-1408 6442077

E-mail: N\A


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About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering.

STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 200 space missions, working alongside organisations including ESA, NASA and ESO.

About The Role

We now have new opportunities for highly skilled Thermal Engineers to lead projects, work packages and staff within our Thermal Engineering Group. The Group works on a broad range of projects, for example, the Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope and the Broadband Radiometer Instrument for the ESA EarthCARE satellite.

As the successful candidate you will be required to carry out analysis and development of thermal control system architectures, development of thermal models using ESATAN-TMS, planning, preparing and leading thermal test campaigns and planning and demonstrating verification of thermal requirements.

You will line manage and mentor more junior members of the team and be responsible for the health and safety aspects of your area.

You will also be responsible for identifying opportunities for new work and leading preparation of proposals, as well as authoring technical reports and presenting results.

You will be required to liaise closely with the other engineering disciplines and groups both at RAL and at international organisations. You will be required to explain complex designs and analyses to project teams and customers in a concise manner.

Senior Engineer – as above plus:

You will deputise for the Group leader and support the development of the group, as well as leading on the design and analysis function of the group.

As the successful applicant you will be appointed as either an Engineer or Senior Engineer depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

About You

You will have a physics or engineering degree (2:1 or above) or relevant experience, while a degree in space engineering and relevant professional membership are desirable.

You will have significant space or satellite industry experience, including experience leading design and analysis activities to develop and verify thermal control systems to meet project requirements. You will also demonstrate specialist knowledge within the thermal/cryogenics domain and experience with a wide range of thermal control techniques.

You will display project and/or work package management experience and extensive experience of ESATAN-TMS, along with line management experience and leadership skills.

You will demonstrate knowledge/experience of:

  • CAD packages
  • Relevant standards (e.g., ECSS, ISO9001)
  • Finance, schedule and risk management
  • Producing technical documentation
  • Authoring technical papers and presentations at conferences.

To be considered for a senior role you will be an internationally recognised expert in Spacecraft Thermal Engineering.


An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000.

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