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Electromagnetics Test Engineer

220000EE Requisition #

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £31,931 to £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £2,000 per annum is also available for this role.
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Open Ended
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

RAL Space is one of the largest interdisciplinary space departments in Europe, for over 50 years we have contributed to more than 200 instruments in space.  We are expanding our test capabilities and require integration and test engineers to work in the Electromagnetics group, part of the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) which is currently under construction at Harwell in Oxfordshire.

The NSTF will include a large, shielded anechoic chamber housing our high specification electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test equipment and a 12 m x 12 m planar near-field scanner for antenna measurements up to 75 GHz.

The Test Engineers will carry out EMC testing and antenna measurements of satellites and payloads in the NSTF.  You will also support RF, microwave and millimetre-wave integration and test activities in other projects in RAL Space such as millimetre-wave receivers for MetOp-SG instruments, using RF and microwave test equipment such as spectrum analysers, power meters, frequency counters, signal generators, and vector network analysers.

As a satellite progresses through a measurement campaign in the NSTF you will have opportunities to work alongside other staff in the Environmental Test Division (ETD) performing vibration, acoustic and thermal vacuum testing and maintaining clean room infrastructure.

Test Engineers will work closely with the RAL Space Quality Assurance team to ensure that the facilities are operated and maintained to the relevant standards. 

Detailed duties and responsibilities:

  • To set-up, operate, analyse and report on EMC, antenna measurement testing and perform RF, microwave and millimetre-wave integration and test of space hardware
    • Working to the relevant standards and procedures
    • Working in ESD controlled and cleanroom conditions
    • Working with the test team and internal and external customers
  • To work with customers to set-up their test items (satellites) and the associated ground support equipment
  • To monitor and operate test facility equipment
    • Ensuring technical performance
    • Implementing maintenance and calibration plans
  • To be responsible for the safe operations
    • Ensuring Health and Safety standards, STFC codes & policies are followed
    • Follow risk assessments for facilities as well as specific test campaigns
  • Identify and recommend possible improvements in efficiency or quality at any stage of the integration and test processes

Successful applicants will have the exciting opportunity to play a key role not only in the integration and test of the flight hardware but also to characterise a new EMC and antenna measurement facility, develop processes and procedures and your own skills and apply these to equipment destined for Earth orbit or beyond.

Person Specification

  • Proven practical skills in one or more of the following fields or closely related fields:
    • EMC testing
    • Antenna measurements
    • RF/microwave integration and test 
  • Experience of working in a technical environment to defined procedures and standards.
  • Broad technical understanding of EMC and/or RF/microwave test techniques including the typical technologies used in operation.
  • Responsible approach to health and safety
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills


  • Significant experience of test facility operation in a related technical field.
  • Experience of working under quality assurance practices.  Experience of EN9100 or ECSS-Q-ST-20-07C would be a significant advantage. 
  • Deep technical understanding of the technologies used in EMC test and/or antenna measurements and/or RF/microwave testing.
  • Experience of EMC standards such as MIL-STD-461 and/or ECSS-E-ST-20-07C or antenna measurement standards would be a significant advantage.

Contacts and Communication
The post holder will report to the Electromagnetics Group Leader or a Principal Test Engineer.

The post will require interaction with engineers and managers within ETD, from across the RAL Space department and from outside organisations, including our customers. The post holder will be expected to present the facility to external visitors to RAL Space from time to time.

Other Relevant Information
As part of the role, and to represent the facilities and RAL Space, opportunities exist for a limited amount of UK and international travel.

You will be required to work in a cleanroom environment.

Shift working (not 24 hour) may be required for limited periods and a 25% shift allowance would be payable.

Security clearance may be required for some test campaigns.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit 

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

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Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 
How to apply 
Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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