Electronics Engineer: Tracking and Termination

Forres, Moray, United Kingdom
Full Time
Experienced

Orbex are seeking an experienced Analog Electronics Engineer to design and develop high-reliability electronics for the Orbex Prime flight tracking and termination subsystem. Ideally, you will have extensive experience in high reliability or safety-critical electronics as well as space or aeronautical segment experience. 

The job includes high-reliability analog circuit design, as well as selection and procurement of commercial electronic units, to combine into a vehicle flight tracking and termination subsystem. Further, to assume responsibility for carrying these designs from schematics to prototypes, and via test campaigns all the way to flight-qualified hardware.

Orbex

Orbex is a leading micro-launch company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Space Hub Sutherland. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over €40m of project financing secured, a number of customers signed up, our launch licence application submitted, and backing from organisations including UKSA and ESA.

We are a rapidly growing company with staff located between our production and test facilities in Forres, Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Working on cutting edge advances in rocket fuel technology, Prime’s carbon footprint is up to 96% lower than comparable vehicles, leading to innovations in propulsion and tank structures. A state-of-the-art re-flight system means we can recover and reuse our technology, and innovations in separation mechanisms mean we leave no debris in space.

Having developed in-house production capability, we can 3D print complex engines, produce full-scale carbon composite fuel tanks, and have avionics and software testing labs in both Scotland and Denmark. Based in Forres, you will be right in the heart of this fast-paced cutting-edge company, gaining a unique insight into what it takes to build a new launch vehicle for a buoyant commercial market.

The Position

Responsibilities

  • Ensure function and reliability of the Orbex Prime T&T subsystem, according to requirements.
  • Analog power circuit design.
  • Parts procurement and prototype ordering, cooperating with manufacturers.
  • Functional testing.
  • Environmental testing (thermal, vacuum, vibration).
  • Accelerated lifetime testing.
  • Creating and maintaining design and test documentation.
  • Integration of both in-house designed and procured elements with launch vehicle avionics, at incremental development stages.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in electronics engineering.
  • High reliability electronics design experience.
  • Schematic capture and PCB layout.
  • Soldering expertise, including SMD.
  • Hands-on electronics laboratory experience.
  • Programming experience is an advantage, particularly in C and Python.
  • Detail-oriented and methodical working style.
  • Technical documentation writing in English.

Location

This role is based in Forres at Orbex’s headquarters.

Orbex Forres is located at the foot of the Scottish Highlands, near Inverness. It's close to the spectacular coastline, wild beaches, and amazing wildlife of the Moray Firth, as well as being a short distance from the world-famous Loch Ness, and Aviemore ski resort.

If you enjoy adventurous outdoor pursuits in extraordinary natural environments, the coast and highlands around Forres offer an ideal location.

Mountaineering, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, camping, sailing, surfing, motorbiking, and skiing are all within easy reach of our main UK factory, and many members of our team participate in adventure sports in the vast, beautiful settings of Sutherland.

If you enjoy drone flying, wildlife or landscape photography, some of the most spectacular vistas in the world are directly at your doorstep.

Benefits

For the right candidate, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes:-
• Salary of £33-£60K  depending on experience
• Company Cycle to Work scheme

• An equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful. 
• Our roles need to be on-site in Scotland due to the nature of the position, export controls and security, but we are happy to sponsor visas for you and your family and provide relocation assistance as required.

Due to the nature of the role, you will be required to gain BPSS clearance which includes a criminal record check.

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