Electronics Engineer

NewOrbit Space Published: June 12, 2024
Reading, United Kingdom
Job Type


Electronics Engineer for Electric Propulsion

Role Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing space startup company and play a key role in the development of air-breathing electric propulsion technology.

We are seeking for enthusiastic, creative and hard-working electronic engineers to join our power and propulsion scientists and engineers in the development of our flagship satellite to ultra-low Earth Orbit (ULEO).

Applicants should be able to design, build and test electronic circuits for sensing, real-time monitoring, communicating and controlling various subsystems of the air-breathing propulsion system from the ground-up.

Fundamental Requirements :

  • Excellent understanding of the fundamentals (theory and practice) of digital and analogue electronics, and control.
  • An advanced university degree either MEng, MSc, or preferably a PhD in electronics or a relevant field.
  • Capable of designing, developing, testing and troubleshooting circuits involving FPGAs and MCUs from scratch, with little supervision and assistance.
  • Experience using electronics lab equipment (oscilloscopes, network analysers etc.).
  • Excellent communication, leadership and team-working skills.
  • Enthusiasm to be involved in groundbreaking space science.

Additional requirements :

  • Research and development projects (PhD research is considered).
  • Digital signal processing in noisy environments, preferably with FPGAs.
  • Implementing complex control algorithms using FPGAs, MCUs etc.
  • Experience with PID control tuning.
  • PCB design, schematic and layout (preferable using Altium).
  • Experience in the aerospace industry is preferable.

About NewOrbit Space

NewOrbit is developing the first air-breathing electric propulsion (ABEP) system to be trialled in ULEO.

Operating in ULEO comes with game-changing benefits to most satellite applications; however, it hasn’t been exploited yet, since a propulsion system to counteract drag from air particles present at these altitudes is required.

Practically, for years-long missions, this can only be achieved using these air particles already present in space as the propellent for the propulsion system.

We are aiming to perform the first proof-of-concept mission next year.

Why NewOrbit?

Pioneering Space Technology : Join NewOrbit and contribute to launching groundbreaking technology into space next year.

Your work on our air-breathing propulsion system will redefine satellite operations in ultra-low Earth orbits.

Unmatched ownership and impact : You'll experience a level of input that's rare in this industry.

You’ll participate in the full lifecycle of satellite technology development and face diverse challenges in preparing our propulsion system for space.

Join an exceptional team : Work with some of the brightest scientists and engineers in the space technology sector.

Great culture : You’ll be part of an exciting, collaborative work culture with engineering at heart.

Equity and competitive salary : NewOrbit offers competitive salaries and company ownership stakes.

Dedication and hard work are rewarded with a stake in the business you are helping to build.


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