Position / Role
Aerospace Software Modelling Engineer
Open Cosmos



   Job Type
Harwell, Oxfordshire
   Date Posted
September 3, 2018
   Position Expires
July 17, 2019
   Job Description

The Company

Open Cosmos is revolutionising the way space technology is used.

Driven by the vision of making space accessible to anyone, we provide simple and affordable space missions using nanosatellite technology. We went from design to delivery of our first nanosatellite qb01 in only four months, followed by its launch and deployment in LEO early April 2017.

The company is currently developing the next generation of satellites and end-to-end services for private and institutional customers to be launched in 2018. Based in the Harwell-Oxford Campus in the UK, we are a young and ambitious team with experience in the aerospace, electronics and software industries. To support our growth and make our vision a reality we are looking for the brightest minds and the best talents in every domain.

The Role

The successful candidate will be joining Open Cosmos’ core team in Harwell-Oxford (UK) and will be in charge of designing, building and validating software models of Open Cosmos’ flight and ground systems for a satellite simulation and control platform.

You will be involved in a fast design-test-iterate cycle that characterises Open Cosmos’ work.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Design, develop and test software models of spacecraft systems
  • Design algorithms for orbit dynamics simulation, satellite constellation and network modelling.
  • Create automation software tools for satellite functional testing
  • Create automation tools to use experimental data to validate and improve the models
  • Design of automatic satellite control routines
  • Contribute to flight software architecture design and implementation and validation
  • Work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team
  • Work independently and under pressure
  • Take initiative and work in a self-driven manner
  • Embrace challenge and work outside of the comfort zone
  • Commit to fulfilling customer requirements and expectations

Skills and competences

  • REAL Experience in satellite/space systems engineering
  • Experience in aerospace flight dynamics
  • Experience in software model design and validation
  • Experience in Java and C programming languages
  • Git
  • Quick learner
  • Interest to work in the space industry in a startup environment


  • Agile methods experience (Agile, Scrum, …)
  • Knowledge of languages other than English
  • International experience

Open Cosmos in the media


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