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Graduate Robotics Engineer

Entry-level at The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Graduate Robotics Engineer

Entry-level at The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  • LocationDidcot, UK
  • Position levelEntry-level
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 29 Oct, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
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  • Competitive£ 26,560.0 per year

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2018 or January 2019 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We are trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we are driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

RAL Space is STFC’s ‘Space Department’. It is one of seven operational departments located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and is dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC as well as undertaking a large number of contracts for space agencies, industry and other commercial customers. RAL Space provides world-leading research and technology development, space test facilities, instrument and mission design, and studies of science and technology requirements for new missions. It has been involved in over 210 missions to date, producing instruments and software for space flight, and building and operating ground segments for both NASA-led and ESA-led missions.

The Autonomous Systems group within the Space Engineering and Technology Division has expertise in space systems design, mechanical and electronics engineering. It was established specifically to support Autonomous Systems activities and research independently of the other Space Engineering Programs within RAL Space. Not only has the group worked on Planetary Robotics and Systems with a high level of autonomous behaviour, but they also have experience of developing robotics for a number of Terrestrial applications, as well as significant experience in the planning, organisation and execution of field trials for a variety of robotic platforms.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design of ground-based and space robotic systems from concept through to production, testing and delivery.
  • Design and write low-level control and autonomy software for mobile robots and ground calibration and testing rigs.
  • Produce detailed specifications and documentation.
  • Conduct analyses by hand calculation and simulation tools as appropriate.
  • Generate documentation to support designs, to report analysis and test results, and present designs and results at project reviews.
  • Develop and maintain system level interfaces and budgets.
  • Develop sub-system requirements from top-level requirements.
  • Take part in conceptual design studies and perform trade-off analyses.
  • Contribute to the production of proposals with mathematical models, analyses, cost, mass and schedule estimates
  • Assemble and test robotic hardware systems including rover platforms.
  • As a Graduate Engineer you will be supported by STFC to attain chartered status relevant to your particular training and career path. In addition, you will be given technical and non-technical training appropriate to your previous experience and the requirements of the work.

Qualifications and skills

  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above.
  • The right to live and work in the UK.
  • Achieved or working towards a degree in Engineering, Physical Sciences, Electromechanical Engineering Degree (or similar relevant discipline).
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Office, familiarity with Windows and Linux systems etc.)
  • A level or equivalent Maths and Physics at Grade C or above.
  • Practical experience of hardware assembly.
  • Evidence of technical writing skills.

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