Careers in space

Be inspired by a range of individuals currently working in the space industry and explore how they use science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in their everyday lives. 

  • Matt and Ellie, apprentices at Airbus

    Apprentices at Airbus
    Matt and Ellie

    Job profile: work in a cleanroom environment to help to construct and test satellites.

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  • Suzie Imber, Associate Professor of Space Physics

    Associate Professor of Space Physics
    Suzie Imber

    Job profile: researches how the sun influences planets in the solar system.

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  • Mike Lawton, CEO of Oxford Space Systems

    CEO of Oxford Space Systems
    Mike Lawton

    Job profile: building a series of low-mass foldable structures and antennas for satellites.

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  • Steve Spittle, Emerging Technology Lead

    Emerging Technology Lead
    Steve Spittle

    Job profile: looks at new technologies that advance the space industry.

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  • Abbie Hutty, ExoMars Delivery Manager

    ExoMars Delivery Manager
    Abbie Hutty

    Job profile: ensures that all of the parts of the ExoMars Rover come together on time and to the right specification.

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  • Chris Toth, Facilities Scientist

    Facilities Scientist​
    Chris Toth

    Job profile: helps scientists perform their experiments inside Boulby Underground Laboratory.

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  • Anna Hogg, Glaciologist

    Anna Hogg

    Job profile: uses satellite data to look at glaciers at the poles of the Earth.

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  • Libby Jackson, Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager

    Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager
    Libby Jackson

    Job profile: ensures scientists can run experiments on the International Space Station.

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  • Natasha Almeida, Postdoctoral Researcher

    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Natasha Almeida

    Job profile: examines meteorites to tell us more about the history of the universe.

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  • Paul Moseley, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Paul Moseley

    Job profile: develops infrared telescopes to observe galaxies.

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  • Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology

    Professor of Astrobiology
    Charles Cockell

    Job profile: Investigates whether there is life on other planets.

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  • Karsten Spans, Scientific Researcher

    Scientific Researcher
    Karsten Spaans

    Job profile: uses satellite imagery to look at the movement of structures such as railways and roads.

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  • Shefali Sharma, Senior Commercial Strategist

    Senior Commercial Strategist
    Shefali Sharma

    Job profile: engages with customers, media and investors to help grow the company.

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  • Alen O'Brien, Software Engineer

    Software Engineer
    Alan O'Brien

    Job profile: designs software for the James Webb Space Telescope.

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  • Joanne Wheeler, Space Lawyer

    Space Lawyer
    Joanne Wheeler

    Job profile: advises on the legal aspects of launching and operating a satellite in space.

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  • Portia Bowman, Space Systems Engineer

    Space Systems Engineer
    Portia Bowman

    Job profile: works with other scientists and engineers to build systems that will go into space.

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