Internship - Software Engineering

Forres, Moray, United Kingdom
Student (College)

A 10-month internship with the Orbex Software department to support work on behavioural simulations and Graphical overlays or the Orbex Prime Telemetry feeds. 

Company Description:

Orbex is Europe’s leading orbital launch services company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Sutherland Spaceport. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over €85m of project financing secured, several 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 Copenhagen, Denmark, and Forres, Scotland. Working on cutting-edge advances in rocket fuel technology, Prime’s carbon footprint of a single launch is up to 96% lower than comparable vehicles, which has also led to innovations in propulsion and tank structures.

Located at the foot of the Scottish Highlands, Forres is close to a spectacular coastline with easy access to woodlands, hills, and the nearby towns and cities of Inverness and Aberdeen, offering a fantastic professional and personal opportunity for growth and exploration.

Project Description:

Your time at Orbex will give you the opportunity to be immersed in the Software department to support work including, for example:

  • Behavioural simulation capability for GSE and LV telemetry. (C++ And Python)
  • Generation of graphical overlays on live camera data. (web-sockets, JavaScript and open-source frameworks for the graphical elements.)

The successful candidate will be integrated into the Ground Segment software engineering team and will be expected to attend Stand-up and for their work to be subjected to Code Review, meeting the same definitions of done as other non-launch related work.  They will be introduced to and apply software design concepts such as the open-closed principle and the implementation patterns that are used to achieve them.  They will be actively involved in the project planning and product design phases interacting with the product owner, architect and other engineers.  The successful delivery of these projects will provide the intern with real world experience to build upon as they embark on their own professional journey.

for the right candidate, this could be an extended job interview with the opportunity to join Orbex in a permanent role in the future.

Applicant Specification:

Orbex is a fast-moving company with a lot going on every day. We are looking for candidates who work hard, deliver reliably, and put the team above themselves. You will hit the ground running, so we look for self-starters who can figure things out quickly using their initiative.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Undertaking a degree in Electronics or Software Engineering;
  • Basic knowledge of programming in Python / C++ / 
  • Understanding of software development processes (for instance Waterfall, Agile, Iterative models);
  • Being working in systematic and thorough ways throughout the development process;
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for the launch sector;
  • To be based at Forres, Scotland for the duration of the internship;
  • Strong English language skills; and,
  • Must be a UK or EU citizen, or from a country that is a signatory to the MTCR.

Further Details:

10-month internship

Salary, £1933 per calendar month gross

You will be responsible for finding your accommodation and organising your travel to Forres, and the workplace each day. Any requirement to travel outside of Forres for business will be fully reimbursed. All equipment required to complete the internship will be provided.

We do not take responsibility for organising or paying for work visas for internships and do not expect to pay for any additional training courses that you may wish to undertake during the placement period.

Closing Date for Applications:  5pm on Friday 26 April 

Please include in your application your areas of interest and why you are best suited to join us. We are looking for CVs and covering letters embedded with photographs and video links of your work and experience. We can only accept one document upload, so please consolidate your full application into one document.

Applications should be made through the apply button before the closing date. Please ensure that your email address is entered correctly so that we can contact you regarding your application progress.


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