UK Astronomy Technology Centre

As an establishment of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the UK ATC is the national centre for the design and production of world leading astronomical telescopes, instruments and systems.

UK Astronomy Technology Centre

We are an organisation working at the cutting edge of technology for an exciting application.

Current major projects include the delivery of systems to the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope (in Chile), Gemini Telescopes Project (in Hawaii and Chile), the UK Infrared Telescope (Hawaii), the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (Hawaii), the Herschel Space Observatory (HSO), Mid InfraRed Imager (MIRI) for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the design and build of VISTA - a 4m wide-field telescope in Chile.

We are a science driven professional engineering organisation employing state-of-the-art technology in the fields of cryogenics, mechanical engineering, optics, computing and electronic engineering. The instruments produced are one-offs and must be facility class, easy to use and highly reliable in difficult environments.

Our mission is:

To support the mission and strategic aims of STFC and to help keep the UK at the forefront of world astronomy by providing a UK focus for the design, production and promotion of state of the art astronomical technology.

Our aim is:

To be world-leading, to deliver projects to time and cost and support the wider UK astronomical community in their instrumentation activities.

We are a progressive employer, offering staff an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • Guaranteed pay progression to satisfactory performers
  • excellent maternity leave provision
  • strong commitment to staff development
  • generous holiday entitlement
  • flexible working arrangements
  • interest-free car loan scheme
  • excellent pension choices
  • interest free travel season tickets
  • support with childcare
  • relocation expenses scheme
  • healthcare package
  • subsidised staff restaurant
  • paid paternity leave
  • physiotherapy service


UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Royal Observatory

0131 668 8100