Back-end/Database Software Engineer

    Open Cosmos Published: May 15, 2018

    Description

    What we are building

    Open Cosmos Ltd. is revolutionising the way space technology is used. Open Cosmos provides simple and affordable access to space using nanosatellite technology.

    Driven by the vision of making space accessible to anyone and advancing science and technology, we are developing a nanosatellite platform and a series of services that allow us to offer a ride to orbit to payloads of any kind at a record low price and short time to orbit.

    We are a young and very ambitious team with experience in the aerospace, electronics and software industries. Having gone from design to delivery of our first nanosatellites in only four months, Open Cosmos’ first satellite was launched to the ISS in the first Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule of 2017, and is now operating in low earth orbit.

    Open Cosmos is based in the Harwell-Oxford Campus, Oxfordshire, UK.

    Description of the position

    The successful candidate will be joining Open Cosmos’ core team in Harwell-Oxford (UK) and will be in charge of designing, validating and commissioning software for Open Cosmos’ mission development & management infrastructure. Likewise, the candidate will contribute to the expansion of Open Cosmos’ global satellite control infrastructure as member of the software team.

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

    Space industry experience is not required.

    Tasks and responsibilities

    • Maintaining our main PostgreSQL database
    • Improving automation, e.g. testing, deployment, migrations
    • 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 fulfil customer requirements and expectations

    Skills and competences

    • Experience with PostgreSQL including use of: asynchronous notifications, stored procedures, constraints, checks, triggers, table inheritance, ANALYZE, pl/pgSQL (i.e. not just via ORMs or basic SELECT/UPDATE/DELETE/INSERT queries).
    • Experience with server-side JavaScript
    • Ability to write and maintain unit tests
    • Familiarity with a UNIX-like command-line interface (e.g. Linux / BSD/MacOS terminals)
    • Quick learner
    • Interest to work in the space industry in a startup environment
    • Open to new technologies

    Nice-to-haves

    • Experience with C# and/or Java
    • Understanding of writing parsers/generators for auto-generating code/tests/documentation
    • Basic familiarity with set theory
    • Knowledge of languages other than English
    • International experience

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