Research Scientist: Spectroscopy & Modelling for Atmospheric Sensing (RAL Space)


Direct Entry Job 3 years Didcot, UK

Uploaded 27 Oct 2019

Job Description

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 210 space missions and operate at the forefront of UK Space Research.

The Spectroscopy Group of RAL Space has a Research Scientist post available for a specialist in physical & inverse modelling to support its activities in research, development and deployment of novel laser-spectroscopic instrumentation for highly demanding chemical sensing applications. Many of these activities are underpinned by physical modelling ranging from end-to-end instrument error budget analysis through transport and dispersion modelling to inverse modelling for retrieval of atmospheric composition data.

As a Research Scientist you will be responsible for delivering project results to deadlines. Tasks may include managing the group’s retrieval, modelling, simulation and data analysis resources, developing code for physical modelling, data retrieval or instrument control, developing code for error and bias analysis, and conducting experimental campaigns for the characterization of the physical behaviour of sensing instruments developed in the group.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an agile and motivated team of scientists working on a large portfolio of research projects, and significantly contribute to its expansion through the delivery of state of the art projects for the UK Research Councils, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency, and other institutions and customers. Current projects include:

  • The development of physical models for analysis of instrumental data involving for instance spectroscopic radiative transfer codes or dispersion modelling
  • The development of retrieval algorithms to extract information from spectral measurements and observation systems built in the group
  • The design and implementation of observation system simulations for future mission studies and new instrument developments and deployments
  • The development of data analysis and deployment of laser sensing spectrometers for atmospheric observation.

About Us

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

As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

How 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 click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Person Specification

You may be educated to PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant applied physics or engineering discipline and be looking for your next opportunity. We also welcome applications from those educated to MSc level (or equivalent) together with relevant experience. 

You will demonstrate knowledge & practical experience of inverse modelling methods, or similar, for information retrieval. You will be highly motivated and able to carry out challenging research and development work with a systematic approach to problem-solving and operate effectively in a team environment and to demanding deadlines. To be considered for the Band E position you will also have experience in development of inverse methods for information retrieval from atmospheric data.