Position for a Radar Engineer

Electronic & Radar Engineer

 Plant & Invertebrate Ecology Department

An electronic engineer and programmer is required to maintain, develop and operate unique radar systems to track flying insects.  Main duties include: 

  • Maintain and run two Vertical Looking Radars, which monitor insect flight at high altitude.
  • Maintain and run the Harmonic Radar, which is used to track individual flying insects at low altitude.
  • Develop software and hardware to ensure these systems are kept up to date with technological innovations.
  • Deploy and operate the harmonic radar for experiments on externally funded projects, either on Rothamsted estate or at external field sites.
  • Liaise with biologists and mathematicians on modelling and interpretation of the data.
  • Engage in writing papers and articles disseminating the results of the experiments.
  • Explore innovative technologies to improve our ability to record insect behaviour and explore other areas of biologging technology within the context of agriculture.

Candidates will possess a degree and proven experience (or higher degree) in electronic engineering and radar systems.  They will have an excellent understanding of the principles of radar and electronic systems, microwave measurements and RF antenna theory.  Experience of interfacing electronic systems with computers is also required.  They should also be able to design and modify equipment, and be interested in exploring new technologies.  Candidates should have experience in the use of programming languages including BASIC and ‘C’. 

The post-holder will be expected to conduct experiments during good weather, which may involve working outside of normal office hours.  An interest in biological systems would be an advantage.  Previous experience of Microsoft packages, database management and a driving licence are essential.

The level of appointment will be flexible dependant upon the skills and relevant experiences of the successful candidate, but starting salary is likely to be in the region of £33,780 to £37,534.  This post is available for 3 years in the first instance, renewable thereafter.

Apply by application form only, available with further particulars from www.rothamsted.ac.uk or from the HR Group, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JQ, rres.hr@bbsrc.ac.uk.  Please quote ref: 1140.

Closing date: 14 October 2010