Research Engineer

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Jun 2023

10 May 2023
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Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

United Arab Emirates
Application Deadline

8 Jun 2023 - 00:00 (UTC)
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Offer Description


General Details

Position Code: 8800284
Position Type: Project Based (Fixed Term)
Position Duration: 01-June-2023 to 31-Dec-2025
Fund: 8474000335 / 6u cubesat program
Position Title: Research Engineer
Project Title: Development of a 6U CubeSat Technology Demonstrator
Project Supervisor: Sean Shan Min Swei
Academic Department: Aerospace Engineering
Relevant Research Center: Khalifa University Space Technology and Innovation Centre
Technical Keywords: Spacecrafts Electronics and power, space, development, tests.

About Khalifa University

Khalifa University is ranked 181st  in the QS World University Rankings 2023, and the top University in the UAE, with a range of research and academic programs designed to address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing our rapidly evolving world.

Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. Our research and academic activities cover a broad range of disciplines in engineering, science and medicine through our three colleges.

Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors. The University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories  “verticals” and “horizontals” which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.

KU’s focus sectors are Clean and Renewable Energy, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Water and Environment, Healthcare, Aerospace, and Supply Chain and Logistics. Research in these sectors is enhanced by our research platforms of Robotics, AI and Data Science, Information and Communication Technologies, and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing as well as Fundamental Sciences.

Position Overview

Yahsat Space Lab (YSL) at KU is looking for motivated candidates to join our team for the exciting opportunity in the role of Spacecraft’s ADCS Research Engineer. The ADCS Research Engineer is responsible to ensure the performance requested for the ADCS system during the Spacecraft’s mission from development to flight operation.  The ADCS Research Engineer will also define requirements for ADCS subsystems working beside other subsystem technician and identify agility, and positioning budgets to meet the spacecraft’s mission geolocation and stability requirements.

The ADCS Research Engineer will conduct ADCS performance analysis, interface within the spacecraft, subsystem procurement, testing and in-orbit operation. It will be required as well to develop new ADCS algorithms necessary for the spacecrafts.

The ADCS Research Engineer will also supervise, together with the project team, graduate students to gain hands-on experience in developing satellites ADCS subsystems. The current lab team is composed of several systems engineers and experts working mainly on Satellites subsystems development.

Position Requirements

  • Participate in the design of Yahsat Space Lab (YSL) CubeSat from ADCS point of view.
  • Development from specification to qualification of a challenging ADCS subsystem for CubeSat.
  • ADCS specification development and test requirements.
  • Assess and select ADCS sensors and actuators, and perform “in-house development”-vs- “COTS” trade-study as needed for a specific mission.
  • Identify ADCS verification and validation approach for CubeSat, and acceptance tests for components.
  • Collaborate with internal and external collaborators to select and validate hardware systems at subsystem level and spacecraft level.
  • Participate in the development of control algorithms, attitude and position determination algorithms for CubeSat.
  • Perform functional analysis, design and procurement trade-offs.


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • MSc or PhD (preferred) from a reputable university in Electrical engineering, aerospace engineering or related discipline.
  • The candidate should have at least 2 years hands-on experience in space activities related to ADCS systems.
  • Experience in dealing with feedback loops for spacecraft and/or application of control theories.
  • Experience in testing ADCS hardware and software systems.
  • Good programming skills in Python and/or C++.
  • General knowledge of systems engineering, including experience in defining requirements, engineering and functional analysis.
  • General knowledge of space mission, orbital dynamics, space environment, space operations, satellite testing and spacecraft engineering.
  • ADCS subsystem design, testing, verification and operation (including control design, analysis and simulation). 
  • Ability to function as a team member working on multiple tasks with competing demands and deliverables.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English

Desired Criteria

  • Good Knowledge of STK, DOORS or similar.
  • Experience in project management activities; budgeting and planning.
  • Experience in environmental and radiation tests.

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Primary Location: Abu Dhabi UAE
Job: Research Engineer
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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