Workshop Instrument Maker and Fitter

Dorking, Surrey
£24,983-£29,799 per annum
15 Jun 2018
16 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

UCL Space & Climate Physics


Workshop Instrument Maker and Fitter

Full Time

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 6. The salary range will be £24,983-£29,799 per annum, exclusive of London Allowance.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of Workshop Instrument Maker and Fitter in the Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Group in the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) to support the laboratory’s space science instrumentation programme. The successful candidate will work alongside 5 other members of the group in the mechanical workshop. The work carried out in the workshop involves manufacture of bespoke parts for laboratory experiments and space flight instrumentation. In addition to this a significant amount of work is outsourced and requires inspection and processing. The outsourced work varies from painting, coating and other specialist processes not carried out in the laboratory as well as the manufacture of parts not suitable for the workflow in the workshop. It is important in this environment to maintain quality standards and the associated paperwork that is part of each space flight project.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory is located on its own campus in the beautiful Surrey Hills, surrounded by woodland. MSSL is the UK's largest university space research group. Space science is a discipline that demands highly innovative technologies and MSSL has an international reputation for excellence in this area. UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 40 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA (US), Japan, Russia, China and India, and flown over 230 rocket experiments. 

The post is initially funded for two years and is expected to continue after this period pending funding.

The post holder’s main duties will be to work within instrument teams to support the assembly and quality control.  He/she would also be responsible for incoming and outgoing inspections of parts and assemblies.  Other duties would include technical support of the team related with hands on machining of parts where appropriate which might involve milling, lathe work and the use of EDM.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to  and search on Reference Number 1729033

Closing Date: 16 July 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: tbc

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

This role does not meet the eligibility requirements for a tier 2 certificate of sponsorship under UK Visas and Immigration legislation. Therefore UCL will not be able to sponsor individuals who require right to work in the UK to carry out this role.