Research Fellow in Space Instrumentation Ref 6839

School/department:   Mathematical and Physical Sciences/ Physics and Astronomy
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 31 March 2022, initially
Reference: 6839
Salary: starting at £42,149 to £50,296 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 13 September 2021
Closing date: 5 October 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated, capable, and goal-orientated post-doctoral researcher at the Grade 8 level to join the Space Research Group at University of Sussex.  The successful candidate will play a major role in the development of novel high performance space instrumentation, particularly through their expert computational physics skills developed through projects of relevance to the Space Research Group’s many research projects. 

The primary purpose of this role is to design and develop elements of a novel spacecraft guidance system, but the successful candidate will also be able to contribute more widely to the group’s activities.  The successful appointee will be required to work productively with industrial and governmental partners in the aerospace, space, defence, and national security sectors.  An understanding and experience of working across the academia-industry interface is essential.

The Space Research Group is based in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.  The research group conducts fundamental and applied research on topics of relevance to Space Science, Defence, National Security, Nuclear, Optoelectronics, and Semiconductor Physics and Engineering.  As well as being focused on high quality academic outputs, the group is engaged in the economic development of its research for space and terrestrial purposes.

Please include a full CV and covering letter with your application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Anna M. Barnett by Email at

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 6839 [PDF 186.47KB]

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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