Systems Engineer (Cryocoolers)

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK), THALES ALENIA SPACE UK [-20734]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

Due to the growth of our UK business we are recruiting for a Systems Engineer to support development of Cryocooler’s. In addition the Engineer will define requirements, architecture, design and verification for space systems in accordance with relevant European Space Agency flight standards. This will be completed in accordance with relevant Thales Quality Management and industry Standards. The Systems Engineer will work with the Lead Systems Engineer on Equipment, Payload/Platforms activities within phase A/B/C/D of proposals/projects.


Reporting to the Systems Engineering Manager with technical oversight provided by the Design Authority.  The main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Analysis of customer requirements and flow them into a compliant subsystem specifications
  • Deliver technical documents and estimates for proposals and reviews on time.
  • Conduct system / subsystem trade-offs where necessary
  • Allocate/coordinate the initial satellite budgets and later updates reflecting the evolving design
  • Architectural design;
  • System Design and Integration
  • Selection of parts suitable for the space environment;
  • Interface Management and Specification;
  • Requirements Engineering through the engineering project
  • Establish Verification Control Documentation
  • Critically review inputs from the different teams (systems, software, mechanical/thermal)
  • Definition of test procedures;
  • Supporting integration and testing at unit and Spacecraft level;
  • Support to reviews at all levels of the design, development and testing of the function;

The position will be based at the TAS-UK Bristol office but up to 10% of work may need to be conducted at subcontractor’s or customer premises, typically in UK or Europe.



  • Experience in system engineering, ideally in space
  • Ideally worked on ESA projects
  • Exposure to CryoCooler systems/products
  • Hold a degree in engineering
  • Liaise with customers and subcontractors on technical issues
  • Experience with Requirements management tools such as DOORS, and modelling tools will be an advantage
  • Experience with scripting languages
  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink
  • Good team spirit and the ability to collaborate

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