Workshop Technician

Institute of Astronomy

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 10th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £27,116-£31,406
  • REF: LG29692
  • Closes: 26th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2022 in the first instance.

We are seeking a Workshop Technician (full time, fixed term, until July 31st 2022) to support a project funded through the UK Space Agency’s National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The project is led by Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, and aims to design and build a prototype of a new Thermal Infrared (TIR) earth observation telescope to be placed on a satellite in low-earth orbit, with the objective of monitoring the energy output of buildings at much greater resolution than is possible from existing satellites. The Technician’s role in this project will be to support delivery of the work package on designing, constructing and testing an unfolding, self-aligning telescope as a 12U CubeSat payload.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a high profile, pioneering initiative to develop new optical space technology that will help tackle the challenge of creating a zero-carbon future.

Essential previous experience will include: working in a technology development role; procurement of parts, manufacture of parts, using 3d-printing, building, operating and testing lab prototypes; electrical and electronic systems; computer control systems.The successful candidate will need good written, oral skills and excellent IT skills, and will need to be well-organised, with good problem-solving skills, able to work on their own initiative, able to prioritise and work to deadlines.Further information is available via the link below. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Ian Parry at

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Please submit your application by 23:59 GMT of the closing date of Wednesday 26th January 2022. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (hr(at) Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Ian Parry (irp(at)

Please quote reference LG29692 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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