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Graduate Spacecraft Thermal Engineer

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  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum 2:1 degree in a relevant field, A-Levels in Mathematics or Physics, a clear interest in space thermal engineering, good communication skills, understanding of heat transfer principles and spacecraft thermal control, broad engineering knowledge, and the ability to work well in a team. Desirable qualifications and skills include a space engineering qualification, experience with thermal analysis software and computer programming, hands-on practical skills, general space thermal/systems engineering knowledge, and the ability to travel.
  • The candidate will be responsible for developing thermal control systems for spacecraft, using engineering principles and computer analysis to predict and optimize thermal performance. They will also contribute to thermal testing, collaborate with other engineering disciplines, and communicate information effectively through written documents and presentations.

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  • Essential:
  • Achieved, or be on course to achieve, a minimum 2:1 degree in a relevant field of study
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK at the time of starting employment
  • A-Levels in Mathematics or Physics at a minimum of grade C, or an equivalent qualification
  • Clear interest and enthusiasm for the post and space thermal engineering
  • Presents and communicates information clearly
  • Understanding of heat transfer principles
  • Appreciation of spacecraft thermal control
  • Broad engineering knowledge
  • Can demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • Desirable:
  • Space engineering qualification or spacecraft specific modules as part of qualification
  • Use of thermal analysis software
  • Computer programming experience
  • Hands-on practical skills (e.g. workshop experience, parts assembly or testing)
  • General space thermal/systems engineering knowledge
  • Ability to travel in the UK and abroad (including overnight absences)
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Education requirements

2:1 or higher

Area of Responsibilities



  • While being fully supported by the team, this opportunity will have the following responsibilities:
  • To use sound mechanical engineering principles to develop thermal control systems, from initial conceptual designs through to in-depth design specification and hardware assembly
  • To perform computer-based analysis (using software such as ESATAN-TMS and Systema Thermica) and hand calculations to predict and verify the thermal performance of space hardware, and as tools to optimise their thermal control systems.
  • To contribute to thermal testing, which can include designing and commissioning the test configuration, preparing test procedures, managing the day-to-day test activities and producing test reports.
  • To work closely with other engineering disciplines and groups, both at RAL and at other world leading national/international organisations. Some travel in the UK and abroad is possible
  • To produce well-written documents (such as design reports and test specifications) and communicate information effectively to both expert and non-expert audiences.
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Work type

Full time

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Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




31790 GBP

Apply by Oct 29