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  • Location

    Didcot, Oxfordshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace Software and Systems

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    Up to £0.00 per hour + NEGOTIABLE

  • Contact:

    Mark Aizlewood

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  • Published:

    9 months ago

  • Duration:

    3 MONTHS+

  • Expiry date:


  • Start date:

    JULY 2020

  • Client:


The Electric Propulsion Engineer will be seasoned in state-of-the-art electric propulsion thrusters primarily HET, GIE with a proven ability in testing electric propulsion thrusters. If you have worked with space electric propulsion subsystems using plasma thrusters (HET, GIE, HEMP) thruster and / or thruster electronic equipment that is highly desirable. You must be familiar with the mathematical tool MATLAB and Excel.

  • Provide technical input to the dArchitecting, designing and development of the newest satellite electrical propulsion subsystems on the market.
  • Managing the technical requirements specification (URD) for electric propulsion equipment and interface with the equipment supplier/s.
  • Evaluating supplier proposal reviews and supporting propulsion equipment definition and selection.
  • Preparing technical documentation for the solution through the different project life cycle milestones & reviews (PDR, CDR, QR etc)
  • Support to propulsion subsystem fluidic analyses and preparation of analysis reports for subsystem PDR/CDR data packs.
  • Prepare and manage test plans and requirements for electric thruster-PPU coupled tests and input to system level tests to characterise EMI and multi-firing effects etc.
  • Lead technical trade-offs at propulsion sub-system level leading to the definition of a propulsion subsystem design.
  • Support system teams & customers system level propulsion & deployment strategy (launch) trade-offs for optimization of satellite and mission design.
  • Understand and extract sub-system level requirements from system level requirements to establish and produce the equipment technical sub-system requirement document.
  • Act as main technical point of contact between system/customers & subsystem teams.
  • Deliver technical documents for proposals and project reviews.
  • Technical coordination of inputs / outputs key interface data.
  • Technical expertise for follow up of equipment development and deliveries.
  • Respond to customer technical queries and actions from meetings/reviews


  • Space hardware projects at different full stages of the lifecycle from Phase 0/A to Phase D/E full lifecycle in propulsion subsystem or equipment.
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art electric propulsion subsystem architectures & technologies.
  • Design/specification/testing of electric propulsion thruster power supply and processing units (PPUs).
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art chemical propulsion thrusters and subsystem fluidic equipment (tanks, filters, valves, pressure regulators).