Space Product Assurance Engineer for IMAP

Imperial College London

Direct Entry Job Fixed Term London, UK

Uploaded 4 Nov 2021

Job Description

Are you highly collaborative engineer and want to join a fantastic team working in the thriving UK space sector? Do you have excellent attention to detail and a passion for getting things right? Does the idea of applying your talents and creativity to a NASA mission excite you? If so, then this could be the perfect career opportunity for you.

The Space Magnetometer Lab at Imperial College London builds world class space instruments that fly across the Solar System, to help us better understand the universe and its effects on our planet. We are currently developing a magnetic field instrument for the IMAP spacecraft, a NASA mission to investigate the acceleration of energetic particles and how our solar system interacts with the interstellar medium. IMAP will launch from Cape Canaveral in 2025.

The Space Product Assurance Engineer for IMAP has an exciting opportunity to join the IMAP team at the start of the hardware build phase. Product Assurance is a combination of engineering and management. This role involves working through the whole lifecycle of the magnetometer instrument build, from design review, material selection, and inspection of subunits, all the way to the inspection and delivery of the flight unit to the spacecraft.

The magnetometer is a development of the highly successful instrument currently flying on the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which was also designed and built at Imperial. It is central to the science of the IMAP mission and will characterise shocks and turbulence in interplanetary space, as well as delivering the real time data which is vital for predicting space weather activity and protecting spacecraft and astronauts from harmful effects.

  • To lead product assurance activities, including inspection of hardware, chairing of internal reviews and management of non-conformance reporting and close out
  • To track compliance of the magnetometer build to the IMAP project level requirements
  • To maintain the MAG declared materials, processes and components list, and manage their approval with NASA


Person Specification

Essential requirements

  • Degree (or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience) in physics, engineering, or a closely related discipline
  • Experience of working with scientific instrumentation
  • Experience of working in a team to deliver a technical project within a required deadline
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills