Space Forge is transforming return from space to deliver revolutionary experiments and products, for the benefit of humanity.

We are developing an end-to-end service for a satellite that can be launched into orbit, manufacture new materials, return independently, then be recovered, refurbished and relaunched. We have a core team of highly qualified engineers who are developing the key technologies simultaneously and we are in need of a lead electronics engineer.

Ultimately we are looking for someone to join the Electronics team to support our service, both on ground and in orbit, and enable us to achieve our goal of transforming return from space for the benefit of humanity.

The primary roles for this job are:

  • Schematic Capture
  • PCB layout
  • PCB assembly (including surface mount devices) of prototypes and low volumes.
  • Testing the designs

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Assisting with design and build of the space and ground electronics hardware that we need to build our reusable satellite service.
  • Creating plans and executing them for the build and test of electronics hardware.
  • Documenting interfaces and operational procedures for internal use.
  • Managing the bill of materials and interacting effectively with suppliers
  • Estimation of time and materials required
  • Assisting with electronics debugging on test days and during space missions.

A typical day:

  • Identifying components suitable for use in products
  • Creating schematics and Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) using Altium
  • Debugging issues with a variety of electronic systems
  • Updating designs and test data with our concurrent design tools
  • Assembling electronics and integrating into hardware units
  • Testing of electronics hardware
  • Working closely with the engineering team to solve problems and refine baselines

The Space Forge team is deliberately made from individuals who are adaptable and willing to learn new skills quickly. Therefore we are looking for engineers who are willing and able to adapt to the requirements asked of them whilst maintaining a good level of technical quality. Additionally as a start-up, team members are sometimes asked to assist with duties beyond their nominal job description and we are looking for candidates who are happy to step up and try something new when needed.

Technical skills:

  • A good understanding of Analogue, digital and embedded electronics
  • Schematic and PCB level design, including ordering of PCBs for manufacture
  • Understanding of common communication protocols, such as RS232, RS485, I2C & SPI.
  • Ideally experienced with CubeSat or larger class missions, developing and flying electronics.
  • Ideally some exposure to C/C++/Arduino to help with creating test tools

Human skills:

  • Able to communicate with teams working both in and out of the office;
  • Able to communicate professionally with customers and external stakeholders;
  • Resilient and adaptable to technical and non-technical roadblocks, as many are expected

We are looking for people who are willing to work hard, think logically, have high energy levels, respect others’ abilities and ultimately have an unending appetite to learn a large number of new skills quickly. Space Forge is committed to making super-powered teams of diverse individuals in all senses of the term, therefore women and non-binary people are strongly encouraged to apply and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Salary expectation: £35,000 to £50,000 dependant upon experience

At Space Forge, we believe in creating the best possible workplace that suits every single person that joins us.

  • Flexible working environment, work from where you like in the UK unless you need to be in the office, our remote work equipment is high spec too

  • 30 days holiday including bank holidays

  • Charity or cause you’re passionate about? Up to 5 volunteering days a year to support the things closest to you and make an impact

  • Super cool brand new office and factory - the coffee is on us (and it’s certified carbon neutral too, our snazzy machine does anything from the humble americano to a superb flat white)

  • Pizza pay day - okay, it’s not always pizza, but if you’re at the office on pay day, lunch is on us

  • We’re changing the way humanity builds, we think that’s exciting, and we want you to be excited about it too. That’s why we have an Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP) so you can own part of our journey

  • You’re the master of your own destiny. We offer every person at Space Forge their own personal development budget so you can choose the training or experiences to help you grow

  • Working with a passionate, friendly and highly motivated team

  • Maternity / Paternity benefits beyond statutory

  • Our inclusive culture, celebrating failure and success, fairness, respect and honesty.

For this role, have a two-stage interview process:

  1. 45-minute Culture and Values video call interview with 2 members of our team
  2. 60-minute Skills video call interview related to specific needs of the role with 2 members of the team you'll be most closely working with

If there are any adjustments that would help improve your experience with Space Forge, please do let us know when you apply. We also believe our interview process should be inclusive and transparent and we take it very seriously. We want to give you time to learn about us while we get to know you. As always, if there is anything missing, or you've identified a way we can improve, just let us know!

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Posted 13d ago
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