Payload Engineer

Location: London, United Kingdom (Hybrid)
Start Date: Immediate

About Blue Skies Space
Blue Skies Space is breaking the current bespoke, publicly funded model for astronomy and astrophysics missions and employs a commercial approach to create new opportunities for cutting-edge science. We offer telescope time on cost-effective and quickly delivered scientific instruments for users worldwide through a service-based model. Our first satellite, Mauve, will characterise stellar objects and flares in the UV and visible wavelengths. Our second satellite, Twinkle, will carry unique instrumentation designed to analyse the atmospheres of planets orbiting distant stars, as well as objects in our own Solar System.

Job Summary
Blue Skies Space is seeking a Payload Engineer to support the wider engineering team and member scientists across our various science programmes. The engineer will support design analysis and design decisions as well as support the engineering team in presenting the engineering performance to member scientists.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop optical, thermomechanical and electrical designs for our payloads and support the management of industrial suppliers that are developing, integrating and testing them
  • Support the software and science teams in modelling the performance of the payload
  • Support the engineering team in presenting the payload performance to member scientists
  • Ensure that the payload test plans are thorough and support test campaigns

Key Requirements
Essential requirements for the role are:

  • Optical design experience
  • Ability to manage complex designs in Zemax
  • 2+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Whole payload lifecycle experience

It would also be desirable for the candidate to have:

  • Worked across multiple missions
  • Supported astrophysics missions

We welcome prospective applicants with software, engineering or science backgrounds to apply even if the above job description doesn’t completely match your role.

Salary: Competitive, depending on experience.

Equal Opportunities Policy
Blue Skies Space aims to provide a workplace in which all staff are treated fairly and consistently. We will ensure, to the best of our ability, that staff and all others who have contact with the firm are not discriminated against, either directly or indirectly. In line with the UK Equality Act 2010, we are committed to providing equality of opportunity in all areas of dealing with staff, whether in recruitment and selection, promotion or training and development. Blue Skies Space supports, where possible, hybrid working and flexible hour working arrangements.

Application Process: Please send your CV and cover letter to careers@bssl.space.