Characterisation of UVIS Spectrometer from in-flight data (17/15)

Company: The Open University, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Location: Milton Keynes

Company Description: The Open University has committed, through the creation of the Space Strategic Research Area (Space SRA), to generating a step-change in its capability to address global challenges and its role in the growth of the space sector of the UK economy. The aim of the Space SRA is to contribute to significant cross-fertilization of people, instrumentation, and ideas. To support research infrastructure, develop research leadership, and cultivate new collaborations and partnerships.

Project Description:

The Ultraviolet and VIsible Spectrometer (UVIS) is one of the three channels of the NOMAD instrument on-board the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). UVIS has collected a vast repository of data that has yet to be analysed. The proposed project will exploit these data to improve the characterisation the UVIS CCD detector. The characterisation will provide a significant improvement to the final atmospheric science which can be achieved with the UVIS channel.

The project holder responsibilities:

  1. Processing of spacecraft data to remove noise sources and data reduction
  2. Analysis of processed data
  3. Archiving the results in an appropriate way
  4. Write-up the results

The project offers the applicant:

  • The chance to work as part of a space flight team for the latest ESA mission to Mars
  • An opportunity to develop skills relating to the processing and analysis of spacecraft data
  • An opportunity to develop good analytical skills

Student Specification:

  • Studying for a degree in Physics or Maths or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge of computer programming, for example Python or MATLAB

The Nitty Gritty:

8 week fixed term contract to be agreed with the successful candidate, but expected to start during June 2017. £310 per week (£1,350 pcm) gross. Induction Day will be at Harwell on 26 June 2017.

Closing Date for Applications: This role is now closed.

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