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Job opportunity: FAAM Support Engineer

Location: Cranfield
Salary: £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Contract length: Ongoing
Contract type: Full time
Closing date: Thursday 10th December 2020
Interview date: Thursday 7th January 2021

The FAAM large atmospheric research aircraft is a unique, highly modified 4- engine jet aircraft adapted to carry a highly specialised science payload. The payload is extensively reliant on state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation, often uniquely customised for use on the FAAM aircraft. All the science instrumentation and electronics is certified under CAA regulations to be safe for aviation applications in a safety-critical environment. 

Role requirements

The FAAM Support Engineer has a varied role, encompassing daily, routine activities around the aircraft and facility both at its home base and at locations around the world. The post holder will support care of the scientific equipment, including pre-flight setup and post-flight care, and will help support the FAAM team and visiting scientists around the facility. The role will require working closely with the aircraft’s engineering support provider, ensuring that activities of each are well planned in tandem. An important part of the role will be monitoring aircraft tool control and safe working procedures on and around the aircraft, for both FAAM and visitors. 

The Support Engineer will be part of the team providing detachment logistics and technical support and will help manage the aircraft instrument fit as required by research projects. The engineer’s technical understanding will also help govern the installation of science systems on the aircraft. 

The Support Engineer will use a range of technical skills to help with instrument maintenance, fault diagnosis, instrument assembly, small-scale bespoke manufacturing and supporting field-trials.

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