Junior Orbital Analyst

Northern Space and Security

Direct Entry Job Fixed Term High Wycombe, UK

Uploaded 20 Nov 2019

Job Description

Job Role: Junior Orbital Analyst - Role suitable for an Engineer, scientist, mathematician or software developer 

Position: Full-Time fixed 1 year rolling contract (Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 or equivalent) 

Start Date: Latest 1 st March 2020, but we may accept candidates a few months before this start date 

Security: The individual must be a UK National due to security clearance required.

Location: RAF High Wycombe (https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/stations/raf-highwycombe/) once DV cleared. Before DV clearance work is likely to be undertaken in UKSA or NORSS offices in Harwell- Oxford, Swindon or London (this may be somewhat flexible)

Job Description: 

Northern Space and Security (NORSS) (www.norss.co.uk) an innovative and agile Space Situational Awareness company, is proud to offer an extremely unique and highly desirable position working as a Junior Orbital Analyst reporting to the UK Space Agency (UKSA). 

The role involves working alongside the UKSA Senior Orbital Analysts, and the RAF space staff in the UK’s Space Operations Centre (UKSpOC). Day-to-day duties will include ensuring the safety of UKlicenced or critical spacecraft is involved in high-interest event by monitoring, evaluating and reporting on key space events (such as re-entering objects, collision avoidance activities and fragmentations of objects) to inform UKSA senior stakeholders. 

The role will also help build and develop the UK governments Space Surveillance and Tracking capability in the future, enabling the successful candidate to have a pivot role in shaping the future in this area. 

We are looking for a candidate with a sound academic qualification, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and be hard working and flexible. No formal experience in astrodynamics or orbital mechanisms is required (although this is a bonus), as significant on the job training will be given to perform these functions effectively. The successful candidate should be able to have some level of software development or coding experience (ideally in Java but C++, Python or Matlab are also as acceptable) to help develop tools in order to make day-to-day activities more efficient. 

This is an extremely unique role and will enable the successful candidate to network within both the civil and military space, an opportunity that is seldom seen for early career graduates and gain a significant amount of broad space experience very rapidly.


If you are interested in the role please email us at [email protected] with your CV and explain in less than 500 words why you feel you are suitable for such a position. 

Suitable candidates will be interviewed (via teleconference or in person), as soon as possible.

Person Specification

Candidate Skills:

Minimum Skills

  • Ability to understand scientific processes and requirements
  • Capable of reviewing data sets
  • Ability to organise work effectively 
  • A reasonable understanding of IT systems and experienced in the use of Microsoft Office applications 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Comprehensive understanding of mathematics
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with colleagues and client’s staff at all levels. Able to prepare detailed reports and present where necessary
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Effective time management

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain complex operational processes and requirements
  • Comprehensive understanding of data analytics
  • Development and utilisation of SST/SSA related computer simulations
  • Advanced understanding of Microsoft office applications, IT systems and computer networks
  • Ability to lead a team effectively and professionally to deliver results
  • Understanding of celestial mechanics, astrodynamics and atmospheric physics
  • Skilled in the one or more of the following programming languages: Fortran, C/C++, Java, Matlab, Python, SQL, Java-script
  • Scientific algorithm development
  • Data fusion techniques for SST

Candidate Experience

Minimum Experience

  • Academic study in a relevant field (physics, mathematics, engineering)

Desirable Experience

  • At a year in the space industry focussed on SST/SSA and/or space systems
  • Performing in a high-pressure environment
  • Data analysis and analytical software utilisation
  • Space Situational Awareness, Space Weather and Space Surveillance and Tracking
  • SST modelling and analysis
  • Development of automated scripts and/or simple software products 

Candidate Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in a relevant field (physics, mathematics, engineering) or strong experience in the space industry with A-Level mathematics

Desirable Qualifications

  • A recognised master’s degree 2:1 or above

Candidate personal skills: 

  • Excellent communication skills required 
  • Ability to organise work effectively
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Effective time management 
  • High self-motivation 
  • Hard working