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I work in space


Career opportunities in the space sector are varied and utilise a wide range of expertise, from physics and astronomy to geology and management. If you pursue a career in space you might find yourself working on a new satellite, developing technology to map a distant planet or helping to make new discoveries about our Solar System. Or you could be using satellites to study pollution on Earth or helping aid agencies reach a disaster zone. The possibilities are as vast as space itself.

If you work in the space sector and would like to feature on our website/publications please download and complete the forms below and send them to our web team.

Find out more about working in the space industry through the real-life experiences of people working in the sector. Click on the Careers File Case Studies below to learn more.

 Ian Whittaker, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Otago

Ian Whittaker 

I work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Otago.

Phil Evans 

I am an Associate Researcher at the University of Leicester.

Danielle Chetwood 

I am a graduate on the e2v graduate training scheme.

 Chris Bridges, On-board Data Handling (OBDH) Lecturer at Surrey Space Centre (SSC), University of Surrey.

Chris Bridges 

I am an On-board Data Handling (OBDH) Lecturer at Surrey Space Centre (SSC), University of Surrey.

Anu Ohja 

I’m an Executive Director of the National Space Centre in Leicester, and specifically responsible for the National Space Academy programme.

 Sue Horne, Space Exploration Programme Manager, UK Space Agency

Sue Horne 

I am Space Exploration Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency

Natalie Allred 

I am a Public Communications Officer at Reaction Engines

 Anthony Burn, Space Sector Manager, ADS

Anthony Burn 

I am a Space Sector Manager for ADS.

Dr Helen Webber, Technical Designer, Reaction Engines

Dr Helen Webber 

I am a Technical Designer at Reaction Engines.

Gerry Gilmore

Gerry Gilmore 

I am a Professor of Experimental Philosophy, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.

Professor Richard Crowther

Professor Richard Crowther 

I am Chief Engineer at the UK Space Agency and expert on Near Earth Objects (NEO's).

Professor Martin Barstow

Professor Martin Barstow 

I am a Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science, currently Head of Science & Engineering at the University of Leicester.

Sir Martin Sweeting

Sir Martin Sweeting 

I am the Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and Director of the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey.

Dr Chris Lintott

Dr Chris Lintott 

I am a Researcher at Oxford University.

Professor Richard Harrison

Professor Richard Harrison 

I work as the Head of Space Physics Division and Chief Scientist at RAL Space.

Professor David Southwood

Professor David Southwood 

I have just retired as Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at ESA.

Steven Watson, Apprentice website & digital officer at the UK Space Agency

Steven Watson 

I am an Apprentice working as a Website & Digital Officer at the UK Space Agency.

Stefanie Kohl, Space Systems Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

Stefanie Kohl 

I am a Space Systems Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

Dr Suzanne Aigrain, lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford

Dr Suzanne Aigrain 

I am a lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford.

John Zarnecki, Professor of Space Science at the Open University

Professor John Zarnecki 

I am a Professor of Space Science at the Open University.

Mark Thompson, freelance TV space/astronomy presenter and writer

Mark Thompson 

I am a freelance TV space/astronomy presenter and writer.

Marie-Claire Perkinson, Mission Design Specialist in the Future Programmes Group at Astrium, Stevenage

Marie-Claire Perkinson 

I am a Mission Design Specialist in the Future Programmes Group at Astrium, Stevenage.

Dr David Parker, Director of Science, Technology and Exploration, UK Space Agency

David Parker 

I am Director of Science, Technology and Exploration at the UK Space Agency.

Dr Alice Bunn, Assistant Director, Earth Observation, UK Space Agency

Alice Bunn 

I am an Assistant Director of the Earth Observation team at the UK Space Agency.

Emma Lord, Director of Policy and Operation, UK Space Agency 

Emma Lord 

I am the Director of Policy and Operations in the UK Space Agency.

Andrew Bacon

Andrew Bacon

I am a space systems engineer in the aerospace department of Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA).

Professor Louise Harra. Credit: Max Alexander/STFC

Professor Louise Harra

I work for UCL's Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) and am a Professor of Physics.

Sheila Kanani

Sheila Kanani 

I work at Mullard Space Science Laboratory and I am a PhD student in the planetary science group.

Dr. David Williams

David Williams

I am the Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency and I am also Chairman of the European Space Agency Council.

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