Electronic Hardware Engineer - Compact Clocks & Space-Based Ultra-Stable Lasers Full-time Job4 months ago - - London - 15 views
Could you design and develop the electronics for compact atomic clocks that can operate in GPS denied environments or can withstand the rigours of a launch into space? We have an exciting opportunity for an electronic hardware engineer to join our team within NPL’s Time & Frequency Department to do just this. You will be working within a small team designing and testing analogue and digital electronics with application to laser frequency control and compact clock development. This involves schematic capture, PCB layout, and hands-on circuit development and debugging. The work is part of NPL’s leading-edge time and frequency activity and will have tangible outputs in new product development as well as the opportunity for publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Some of this development will be for applications in space and, for this work, you will need to learn the route to space qualification for the electronics you develop. Much of our work is collaborative and you will be liaising with partners both in the UK and Europe. You will be expected to take a hands-on approach and will be involved in integrating the electronics into a complete physics (laser & opto-electronics) package. You will also have the chance to provide electronics engineering advice to other projects in the Department. You will be joining the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) which is the UK''s National Measurement Institute and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science, engineering and technology available. More specifically you will be joining our Time & Frequency Department (www.npl.co.uk/time-frequency) at an exciting time. We have some of the most precise optical atomic clocks in the world, which will one day re-define the second and are developing compact atomic clocks for use in GPS denied environments. We also provide timing services to financial institutions for share trading and are embarking on the development of a new timescale facility that will have the potential to feed into Critical National Infrastructure. We are also developing new detection techniques ranging from identifying cracks in pipes without removing layers of insulation to detecting earthquakes using the existing undersea fibre cable network.