Research Associate: Software Systems

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£31,604 - £38,833
01 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate: Software Systems
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering (
Staff Category:    Research
Reference No:    142791
Reports To:    The Head of Department, through Dr Steven Owens
Grade:    7
Salary Range:    £31,604 - £38,833
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (24 months)
FTE:    1
Closing Date:    Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), based at the University of Strathclyde, in partnership with the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA), are seeking to recruit a Research Associate to carry out research related to the development of a spacecraft hardware-in-the-loop testbed. 

As a Research Associate, under the general guidance of a research leader, you will undertake research focussed around the development of a simulation, analysis and hardware test facility, with specific application to nano-satellite research. The work will involve both software (Python, C etc.) and hardware development activities (FPGA, micro-controller driven devices), and require participation in other projects related to work being carried out within the wider research group. You will manage your time effectively in order to meet deliverables, adhere to developmental industry practices and provide documentation as necessary in support of your work.

Outputs of the work will be a combination of specific project deliverables, internal tools and documentation, and academic publications. There may also be opportunities to present the work at conferences and events, as required by the project.

As a Research Associate you will also develop research objectives and proposals, contribute to the development of new research methods, identify sources of funding, and contribute to the securing of funds for research, including drafting grant proposals and planning for future proposals. You will write up research work for publication, individually or in collaboration with colleagues, and disseminate the results via peer reviewed journal publications and presentation at conferences. You will join external networks to share information and ideas, inform the development of research objectives and identify potential sources of funding. You will collaborate with colleagues to ensure that research advances inform departmental teaching effort and you will collaborate with colleagues on the development of knowledge exchange activities by, for example, participating in initiatives which establish research links with industry and influence public policy and the professions. You will supervise student projects, provide advice to students and contribute to teaching as required by, for example, running tutorials and supervising practical work. You will contribute in a developing capacity to Department/School, Faculty and/or University administrative and management functions and committees and engage in continuous professional development.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline, or have significant relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. You will have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in software and programmable hardware development, particularly in relation to spacecraft technology, and a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload effectively and an ability to work within a team environment. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences. 

Whilst not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with: relevant work experience, membership of relevant Chartered/professional bodies (including the Higher Education Academy), experience of relevant student supervision and teaching activities, and/or experience of knowledge exchange related activities.

Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, SoXSA
Based at the University of Strathclyde, and collocated with one of Europe’s largest space research groups and within the vibrant Glasgow City Innovation District, SoXSA has created a new focal point for the Scottish Space sector, linking the science base with industry. SoXSA takes a leading role, driving growth in satellite applications by engaging the end-user and their supply chains. It acts as a rallying point for SME engagement with relevant expertise from across the UK research base and space sector.

SoXSA embraces the overarching need for a major applications-pull across all sectors. SoXSA is embedded in a vibrant environment, proactively targeting innovative SMEs and providing a focal point for the best researchers, SMEs, large industry and customers to work together to achieve commercial innovation, forming new partnerships to deliver growth. SoXSA brings space down to Earth.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Equality and Diversity

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.