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Quantum Sensors Research Engineer


Cold Atoms Research Engineer
£24,777 to £26,932 or £30,782 to £36,459 (Including annual allowance dependent upon qualifications and experience)
Full time or Part Time considered
Open Ended
About Us
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners 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. RAL is a major UK national laboratory, operated by the STFC.
RAL Space is one of the largest interdisciplinary space departments in Europe, having a 50-year heritage of excellence in space flight and a proven track record in contributing to more than 200 instruments in space. Within RAL Space, the Quantum Sensors Group works on the development of Space Atom Interferometers to be used as Gravity and Gravity Gradient sensors with applications in Geophysics and Planetary Science, Climate Change studies, and Fundamental Physics.
About the Role
STFC RAL Space has a Quantum Sensors Research Scientist post available to work in the development of Quantum Technologies for Space. Initially, the successful candidate will work in the development of Atom Interferometers and their optimisation for space applications. The role will also involve working with teams of engineers developing relevant space-ready technologies and contributing to the development of satellite subsystems and instruments.
You will join an agile and motivated team of scientists and engineers working to provide solutions to cutting edge science missions. The position offers an excellent opportunity to be core to the introduction of innovative technologies into existing space instrument developments and to help to guide the future developments and technical development programs of the department, the UK and European Space Agencies and other collaborators and customers.
* Successful applicants will be appointed at either Band C or Band D of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications. *
About You
You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in Physics or engineering, together with proven experience in experimental Atomic Physics or Quantum Optics.
You must be highly motivated and able to carry out challenging research and development work carefully and effectively in a team environment and to demanding deadlines.
You should be able to demonstrate an ability to plan and execute experiments to quickly demonstrate feasibility and applicability of technical concepts and approaches. The post will require some level of travel within the UK and abroad. The post may also require some work in a clean room environment.
Skills sought are those relevant to development of Cold Atoms experiments and include experience in several of the following areas:
• Atomic laser spectroscopy
• Laser cooling
• Creation and manipulation of cold atomic gases
• Use of analytical and modelling tools (Matlab, Mathematica, etc.)
• Experience in computer programming (Matlab, Python, or other programming languages)
• Use of CAD tools for mechanical design (Autodesk inventor, Solidworks, etc.)
• Programming experiment control systems (e.g. LabVIEW)
• Contribution to the preparation of proposal and bids for external funding
• Project Management.
In addition, the following skills are desirable:
• Design of optical systems
• Laser physics
• Formal design or system-engineering methods
• RF electronics design.
An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, a gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.
Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.
To Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.
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The closing date for applications is 29th July 2020, with interviews scheduled for 14th August 2020.

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