Imperial College London
​​​​​​​Instrumentation Engineer
Imperial College London
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Published: 4 days ago
Application deadline: Apr 28
Location: London, United Kingdom
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​​​​​​​Instrumentation Engineer

Space & Atmospheric Physics Group, Department of Physics
South Kensington Campus

Salary range: £35,140 – £43,350 per annum
Fixed term: Three years commencing as soon as possible

Applications are invited for an engineer to undertake electronic and system engineering roles on the JUICE space mission within the Space & Atmospheric Physics group of the Department of Physics. The group has a major scientific and hardware involvement in world-leading heliospheric, magnetospheric and planetary physics space missions. Further details can be found at

JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) is the first large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. Planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2030, it will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the planet and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. Imperial College London has been selected as the Principal Investigator of the magnetometer, which will be designed and built by the team at Imperial’s Space Magnetometer Laboratory.  The project was formally adopted in 2014. We are currently finishing detailed interface definition and breadboarding activities and moving towards preparations for design and manufacture of the Engineering Model (EM) instrument during 2017.

The primary role will involve instrument detailed design, in particular electrical design of the EM PCBs for the instrument DC-DC Power Converter Unit (PCU) and Instrument Control Unit (ICU). These boards manage the instrument power and communications interface to the spacecraft bus respectively. Other duties shall include engineering analyses (e.g. using PSPice), digital and timing simulations, EMC and grounding analysis, EGSE design and preparation of technical documentation. The role will be heavily geared towards electronics design and test in the laboratory.

The post holder will provide support for instrument reviews with ESA, industry and partner institutes within the magnetometer consortium. This will involve some travel on occasion. A degree in electronic engineering, physics or a closely related discipline or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience is essential. Also essential is proven capability and experience in the design and/or use of high end scientific instrumentation, analogue and digital electronics ideally for the space environment. Experience of working with systems requirements and interface definition for ESA missions and/or performing formal engineering analyses (such as FMEA, Parts-Stress, Worst Case analyses) would be particularly beneficial.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference NS2016252KL number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form including a CV as directed.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group Administration office via Specific queries on the role can be made to

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Two Ticks Employer. The Department of Physics is also an IoP JUNO Champion and Athena SWAN Silver Award Winner.

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