MAG Data Scientist

Job summary

Are you interested in space science? Do you have an impressive background in data processing, excellent attention to detail and a passion for getting things right? Does the idea of applying your talents and creativity to the future of space exploration excite you? If so, then this could be the perfect career opportunity for you. The Space & Atmospheric Physics Group in Imperial College London’s Department of Physics is in search of a...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01301
  • Date posted 12 October 2022
  • Closing date 8 November 2022

Job description

Job summary

Are you interested in space science? Do you have an impressive background in data processing, excellent attention to detail and a passion for getting things right? Does the idea of applying your talents and creativity to the future of space exploration excite you? If so, then this could be the perfect career opportunity for you.

The Space & Atmospheric Physics Group in Imperial College London’s Department of Physics is in search of a Magnetometer (MAG) Data Scientist to become part of the highly successful, multi-disciplinary team building and operating space instruments across the Solar System.  This unique opportunity will enable you to contribute to the global scientific community using measurements from our magnetic field instrument the European Space Agency Solar Orbiter mission to study the Sun.

Solar Orbiter was launched in February 2020, has performed three Venus flybys and is on an orbit that takes it closer to the Sun than Mercury. The magnetometer is one of ten instruments onboard and is working well, returning high quality measurements of the magnetic field around the spacecraft. Before these measurements can be provided to the public, artificial signals (spacecraft heaters, solar array movements, thermal changes) must be removed. You will use our existing, comprehensive processing software but also develop new capabilities to further improve our calibration and clean the data.

We want to hear from you if you have background in data processing, or in working with experimental data from scientific instrumentation.  An interest in space measurements, especially magnetic field data, is highly desirable, however we are also interested in hearing from data analysts from any field who take pride in doing a good job, excel at problem solving and like to be challenged.

Duties and responsibilities


  • To calibrate and distribute magnetic field data, including accompanying documentation, for the science community in a timely manner

  • To monitor and report on the quality of the data

  • To maintain and develop the magnetometer data calibration and processing pipeline

  • To conduct ground testing with the flight spare magnetometer hardware

Essential requirements


  • Degree (or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience) in physics, engineering, or a closely related discipline

  • Demonstrated experience of writing code

  • Experience of the plotting and analysis of experimental data

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Further information

Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://www.imperial.ac.uk/employment (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference NAT01301 number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form including a CV as directed.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group Administration office via space.sec@imperial.ac.uk. Specific queries on the role can be made to Helen O’Brien, MAG Instrument Manager (h.obrien@imperial.ac.uk)

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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