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Pickering, YO 7NT
Full Time, Permanent (.
5 hours per week)
Day/Night shift patterns
£, - £, per annum plus benefits (depending on experience)
Serco Defence are recruiting for a Spacetrack Operator to work as a key member of our dedicated operations and maintenance team.
This is a permanent position based at RAF Fylingdales, North Yorkshire, offering employment in a unique engineering environment.
The position of Spacetrack Operator involves learning and developing expertise to analyse satellite orbits, space-based events and SSPAR radar performance to support RAF Fylingdales’ primary missile warning mission, and secondary mission of space surveillance.
This requires utilising existing, or developed knowledge of orbital mechanics and satellite capabilities, and learning about the radar mission and systems.
Main responsibilities of the role include:
The successful candidate will report into the Operations and Systems Support Manager and will provide /7 technical advice and assistance on satellite tracking and data analysis to the RAF Operations Squadron.
They will work to maintain an accurate catalogue of trackable objects in space by optimising radar energy to collect the best possible data on friendly and threat satellites and space junk.
The Spacetrack Operators work as part of a shift team providing /7 support to the RAF on a fixed shift pattern of -hour day and night shifts with regular rest days and extended fixed leave periods, the roster also offers flexibility via a personal shift swap arrangement with colleagues.
The successful candidate will be required to become proficient in operating and maintaining the primary mission computer system and representing the company and department during high profile industry, public and military visits.
The radar at Fylingdales collects huge amounts of data every day, which Spacetrack Operators use to build a picture of what is going on in space.
They write technical reports and provide real time assessments on break ups, decaying satellites, possible in-space conjunctions, International Space Station CubeSat deployments and even crewed resupply missions.
Infrequent travel may be required to represent Serco and RAF Fylingdales in technical exchanges or at conferences or training events.
The ideal candidate:
We are looking for someone with a technical background such as A Level or level 3 qualifications in a relevant field like maths, physics, engineering, or computer science.
We will happily consider candidates without formal or academic qualifications if they can demonstrate experience and training.
We are looking for a self-motivated team player with an interest in space operations.
Successful Spacetrack Operators are enthusiastic and reliable, they constantly learn and develop new skills as the space domain changes.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a high level of written and spoken English and have good use of Microsoft Office.
Experience with Linux operating systems is a plus.
Since the role is so specialised, site familiarisation and on-the-job training will be provided at RAF Fylingdales within the radar.
Due to the nature of our work, the successful candidate must be able to pass SC clearance, which includes a criminal records check.
Additionally, as the role is related to UK Defence, only UK nationals can be considered for the role as directed by the MOD.
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At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential.
We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all.
As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool.
We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working.
As a proud Disability Confident Leader and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard, disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.