• 17/6/24
  • Ref: 715197

GNC Engineer


  • Location Icon England, Oxfordshire
  • Salary Icon £55000 - £60000 PerAnnum
  • Work Type Icon Permanent / Full Time

Job Description

GNC Hardware Engineer
Here at KDC we are looking for an experienced and motivated GNC Hardware Engineer to join our clients growing team in the UK.
  • Contribute to the GNC hardware trade-offs for AS missions.
  • Contribute to the definition of GNC subsystem V&V (Verification and Validation) plan, including design and validation of bespoke GNC testbeds.
  • Perform GNC subsystem development testing with EM (Engineering Model) hardware using dedicated testbeds (PIL and HIL)
  • Contribute to the GNC subsystem/spacecraft integration planning and execution.
  • Support GNC hardware environmental testing (e.g. vibration, thermal, vacuum and radiation).
  • Support the GNC hardware procurement activities working collaboratively with vendors and supplier chain management engineers.
  • Support in-orbit operation as a member of GNC team (e.g. analysis of GNC hardware performance, definition of commissioning plan for GNC hardware)
  • Contribute to current development-focused GNC activities as well as future production-focused GNC activities e.g. QA (Quality Assurance) processes.
  • Contribute to system level activities, such as defining FMECA (Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis) and FDIR (Fault/Failure Detection, Isolation, and Recovery) processes.
Essential Skills
  • Degree in aerospace engineering or another relevant engineering/science discipline.
  • Experience with hardware AIV (Assembly, Integration and Verification).
  • Experience of Systems Engineering.
  • Experience with working with external contractors and suppliers.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Can work both autonomously with initiative, and collaboratively as part of the wider GNC/project groups.
  • Can strike a good balance between a creative approach to Engineering and being able to deliver on time to business requirements.
  • Experience in one (or more) of the following;
  • Practical working knowledge of digital electronics relevant to a GNC system (communications protocols, satellite Command & Data Handling, digital integration to enable Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing etc.).
  • Experience with GNC sensors such as sun sensors, star tracker, IMU, magnetometers, and GNC actuator as magnetometers and reaction wheels.
  • Experience with active optical sensors (e.g. Radar, Laser range finder, LiDAR) and cameras, including design of appropriate functional testing, calibration, and verification.
Desirable skills
  • Experience of programming in Python and Matlab.
  • Knowledge of missions concerning active debris removal or RPO: RemoveDebris, CleanSpace / ESA projects.
  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to work with a highly talented, diverse & dynamic international team with cutting edge technology
  • Flexible working around core hours in a friendly and supportive environment
  • Hybrid working available (dependent on individual role requirements)
  • 25 days holiday (increasing yearly up to a maximum of 28 days) + 8 days Bank Holiday
  • Life insurance and long-term sick pay
  • Private healthcare (taxable benefit)
  • Relocation allowance
  • Visa sponsorship for employees considered
  • New state of the art office and cleanroom facility
  • Regular social events


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