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New Robotic Telescope: Automation & Control Engineer

Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
Job Type
34,304 - 40927 per annum
Vacancy Type
Other Vacancies
Closing Date
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Liverpool John Moores University owns and operates a 2.0-m robotic telescope (“The Liverpool Telescope”) on La Palma in the Canary Islands.  Working with international partners we are building a 4.0m class robotic telescope on the same site.   We seek a Control Engineer to join the team with responsibility for for design, test and implementation of mechatronic, control and automation aspects of the telescope and its enclosure. 

You will have experience of the simulation and optimization of control systems using tools such as MATLAB Simulink as well as the practical implementation of such systems with industry standard technologies.  You will also have experience of the design, implementation and support of PLC systems for automation and safety.

You will work collaboratively with engineers in the same and other disciplines both within LJMU and at external partners and supplier organisations to ensure both individual system and system-wide performance and quality.  The position is fixed term for 4 years and is based in Liverpool UK. No prior experience of astronomical telescopes is required.

More details about the New Robotic Telescope are available at

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Iain Steele (Principal Investigator) email: or Mr David Copley (Lead Systems Engineer) email:

LJMU is committed to achieving equality of opportunity.  The ARI values the diversity of our all staff and students. We see diversity as a positive force to generate excellent research and explore the unknowns of our Universe together. Every role offers an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, we strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply.

Please note all of our vacancies will be closed to applications at midnight on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise stated.