Payload System Engineer

  • Job Location: Guildford, England
  • Type: Permanent
  • Posted: 08/08/2022

The Optical Team seeks a dynamic, organised, and proactive engineer with high standards and description technical capabilities to lead the development and delivery spacecraft Optical Payloads.

Key Tasks:

•Development of space-borne optical systems within a multidisciplinary team performing optical instrument system design, being the technical point of contact for the relevant optical system(s)
•Design and development of optical systems from concept through to manufacture, system integration and verification
•Management of new optical solutions including the programmatic and technical aspects of work packages relevant to area of expertise
•Define and own technical requirements specifications for optical payload systems and the
payload chain, including trade analysis of these requirements working closely with the spacecraft system engineer to identify derived requirements
•Development planning, budget, and schedule management
•Manage and ensure timely delivery of the complete Payload through manufacturing processes
•‘Hands-on’ with the payload and subsystems at all development stages, from prototypes through to final assembly, integration, and verification


•Comprehensive knowledge of Optical Engineering, applied to space applications, coupled with a working knowledge of other engineering disciplines e.g. electronics, opto-mechanics, image processing and electro-optical device physics
•Knowledge and experience of other spacecraft systems would be an advantage
•The candidate should have basic opto-mechanical knowledge to aid in optical system
•Knowledge in materials and component selection, in the space domain
•‘End to end’ Optical Engineering and Payload Chain knowledge/experience including
•Requirements Engineering and Trade offs
•Electro-opto-mechanical Design and Analysis
•Image Quality
•‘Hands-On’ integration of Optical Systems (preferably including Space Systems)
•Validation and Verification, including testing


•Optical design experience with proficiency in Optic Studio (Zemax) is desirable skills
• Design and analysis software knowledge, such as SolidWorks, Ansys, SigFit, Python
•Self-motivated, creative, high attention to detail
•Excellent at planning and organising
•Ability to work autonomously or within project team(s) managing their own work and the work of others
•Recognised ability to deliver
•Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
•Knowledge of spacecraft systems / design would be an advantage including materials
•Good MS Office Skills

Capital International Staffing Ltd is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.


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