Research Scientist/Engineer


Direct Entry Job Fixed Term Edinburgh, UK

Uploaded 30 Apr 2021

Job Description

The anticipated responsibilities of the AM4Space Research Scientist/Engineer include:

  • Design and evaluation of novel lightweight mirror structures using optimisation techniques (topology and generative), lattice generation and biomimicry.
  • Measurement and data analysis of AM substrate materials to investigate the optimum alloys and print parameters for mirror fabrication.
  • Measurement, data analysis and evaluation of prototype AM mirrors.
  • Investigations of non-metallic AM substrates for use in mirror fabrication.
  • Collaborating with internal colleagues at the different STFC national laboratories (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Daresbury Laboratory) and external AM4Space project partners (academic and industrial) and AM suppliers.
  • Supervision or support of the AM4Space project students: summer placements (12 weeks) and industry placements (1 year).
  • Internal and external dissemination of project results via: regular meetings, project reports, presentations, conference/workshop attendance, conference proceedings papers and peer-review journal articles.

An important objective is to promote the benefit of AM for applications where it is appropriate (e.g. lightweight structures) and to increase AM uptake within the scientific community. To achieve this, the project is committed to open access in the dissemination of its research methods and results.

Due to the collaborative nature of this role and the need to disseminate research outputs, national and international travel is anticipated in the future.

The UK ATC is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Person Specification

You will hold a PhD in a relevant field at the time of appointment, or have equivalent industry experience in engineering or physical sciences and meet the essential criteria.

You will be research orientated and numerically literate, with experience in data analysis techniques and the comparison of theoretical and experimental datasets. You will have experience in computer-aided design (CAD) and finite element analysis (FEA), and in bespoke analysis of FEA data. You should be proficient in writing technical reports and presenting technical information to a broad range of stakeholders (team members, colleagues, academic & non-academic audiences and industry).

In your application, you should include a research statement highlighting your motivation for the role and your relevant experience in at least one of the following fields: astronomical instrumentation, space science, additive manufacture and innovative design. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of AM4Space, you are not expected to have an understanding of all the required disciplines; however, direct experience in at least one of the following is preferred: optics and optical design/fabrication, dimensional metrology, additive manufacture, or space qualification. Experience in writing research papers and an interest in public engagement is desired.