Dr Jane Hurley - Head of Earth Observation and Atmospheric Science
17 Jun 2022



As Head of the Earth Observation and Atmospheric Science Division, Jane is responsible for about 85 staff, in 5 diverse groups, covering technology development, provision of facilities, scientific research and data.

​​Fisheye view of cloud over Chilbolton Observatory.​​

Jane Hurley​

Credit: STFC RAL Space

Jane completed a DPhil in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics from University of Oxford in 2008. Following this she moved into planetary science and worked on instrument design and development, science and operations on the ESA Cassini mission and validation on the Rosetta​ mission, and was instrument scientist on the UK-provided microseismometer on NASA's InSight mission to Mars.

Jane joined RAL Space in 2013 as a remote sensing scientist in EOASD. Her role diversified into project management in 2014, becoming the Project Management Group Leader in the Space Engineering Technology (SET) Division in 2017. Before returning to EOASD in 2022 to take the role of Division Head, Jane was Interim SET Division Head in 2021-2022, having responsibility for around 75 technicians, engineers and project managers.