Lead Attitude and Orbit Determination and Control Systems (AOCS) Engineer

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Open Cosmos [OC-LAOCSE]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

You will be leading the design, execution and validation of GNC/AOCS systems for open Cosmos’ nanosatellite missions.

You will enjoy

  • Working with a team of people to build the future of a new space industry
  • Working at one of the world’s leading space campuses
  • 25 days holidays + 8 bank holidays
  • Attractive Pension Scheme & Immediate enrolment
  • Transport Allowance – extra pocket money to support our best talent working together
  • Healthy snacks and pick’n’mix sweets at the office
  • Social clubs organised by the team – so far we’ve got Run Club, Paella Club, ice-skating Club and Thirsty Club – suggest something new?
  • Annual Company Retreat
  • Remote working as per company policy
  • Working from home as per company policy
  • Annual Salary Review

Please include your CV, Cover Letter (max ½ page) and any relevant links to LinkedIn and your work (eg. GitHub, C++, <iostream>) .


  • Lead the development and implementation Guidance Navigation and Control / Attitude and Orbit Control systems and algorithms.
  • Lead the definition of requirements and system design.
  • Propose technical solutions that satisfy the requirements but take into account overall spacecraft system considerations and constraints.
  • Lead the implementation of the AOCS algorithms in C or similar programming languages.
  • Lead the design, drive manufacturing and test AOCS hardware with the respective driver software.
  • Commit to fulfil customer requirements and expectations.
  • Mentorship/training and motivation of colleagues.
  • Support sales, customer support or any other business areas that require technical support as needed.
  • Input to technical roadmap.
  • Plan and organise the AOCS team and resources.
  • Lead the AOCS roadmap for continuous improvement of AOCS developments, including testing facilities management and planning in collaboration with the AIT team.
  • Assisting company-wide projects and activities as part of the Open Cosmos team.


  • MSc or PhD; university degree in related disciplines (e.g. aerospace, control engineering…)
  • Proven industrial experience in AOCS product engineering. To have developed several products, seen full cycle including functional and environmental testing involvement and in orbit operation
  • 3+ years experience in AOCS development role in the space industry
  • Experience in providing support in AIT phase
  • Experience in supporting orbital operations team for AOCS commissioning and nominal operations support
  • Experience in development and verification of AOCS algorithms in MATLAB or similar, including hardware in the loop verification
  • Experience in software implementation of AOCS algorithms, C or similar
  • Project management skills
  • Drive to learn and coach others
  • Lean / bootstrap mentality
  • Self-driven attitude with problem-solving mentality

Nice to have

  • Space systems engineer experience
  • Experience in spacecraft mission operations
  • Supply chain network

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