Wanted: Engineers to build space tech

Salary: $70,000 – 95,000 inc. super, depending on experience
Location: Sydney
Company: In stealth, to be disclosed later
Closing: Open indefinitely

A space project is in need of a diverse team of bold engineers to build a prototype of a new machine to be installed on the International Space Station.

The exact nature of the project is hush-hush at this time. If selected, you’ll join a founding team building novel technology that will revolutionise how we access and utilise outer space. You will be responsible for collaborating with a small team to design and build a novel space machine.

Space industry experience isn’t necessary, but a history developing aerospace or medical equipment, for example, will be looked upon favourably. The leaders are looking to work with passionate people who thrive on creating what seems like magic to others.

Your exact engineering qualification or academic performance matters less than your demonstrable experience, and cross-discipline experience is a bonus. The project leaders need to assemble a new team of engineers collectively with the following core competencies:

  • Electronics engineering (embedded systems, firmware development, PCB design, etc.)
  • Software engineering (back-end dev, secure communications, etc.)
  • Mechatronics engineering (precision actuator and motor control, control systems, automated assembly, etc)
  • Chemical engineering (polymer design and procurement, semiconductors, etc.)

These roles will be for 6 months initially and will design and build a machine that will be remotely operated from space. If this project is successful, your role will have the opportunity to be converted into a permanent position, with scope for salary increases and equity in the company as the team is expanded. Your role, responsibilities and salary will grow with the company. In time, there may be scope for international travel and other perks.

If you have experience in the following areas, let us know:

  • Industrial inkjet printer technology
  • Electronics and semiconductor materials science
  • Building 3D printers, CNC machines, or other manufacturing automation equipment
  • Secure internet-connected devices
  • Engineering aerospace or medical products to international standards
  • If you’re alumni of student engineering projects such as Formula SAE, competitive rocketry clubs, launching cubesats, or similar.

This project will lay the foundation for a new, long-term business. Your role will include:

  • Accountability for designing and building specific subsystems of the machine
  • Responsibilities for researching and designing to applicable engineering standards
  • Engaging with international partners from aerospace and other industries to develop a space-worthy product
  • Working closely with your team and external partners to ensure successful integration of all subsystem designs leading to a desirable product
  • Understanding that the ‘best part is no part’ when designing and that the simplest solutions to engineering challenges are the most desirable
  • Embracing risk and failure via strategic experimentation, and always operating within tight feedback loops to learn from mistakes and to try again

Your background is less important than having key skills, which include:

  • Strategic thinking  – You understand the natural world and are proficient at applying key scientific principles for designing and building technology
  • Problem-solving – You love working on tough projects and the challenge of complex environments and problems
  • Teamwork – you enjoy collaborating with other people and can  contribute expertise to your team and the business to effectively accelerate everyone’s progress
  • Adaptability – You thrive in uncertain environments where you need to define your own path forward

This project will create a culture providing a sandbox for everyone to try, learn, fail and succeed. You will make new friendships, new ‘monuments’ to be proud of, and remarkable advances in humankind’s ability to leverage space to protect the biosphere and increase the global commonwealth.

Some of the things you might love about this opportunity:

  • Spaceships. Actual spaceships, astronauts, and making science fiction real
  • Daily contact with some of the most impressive space organisations and business leaders on the planet
  • You’ll get to contribute to an opportunity that is profoundly fulfilling
  • Gain a masterclass in building a high-impact tech startup, while rubbing shoulders with investors and partners who could support your own venture in the future
  • The feeling when you progressively pass design reviews, validate tech builds, and eventually receive notification that something you’ve built is operating successfully in Earth orbit

Some of the things that might challenge you:

  • It’s a startup. They don’t even have an office, yet. They’re not afraid to admit that they’ve never done this before – no one has – and are making everything up and learning rapidly as they go along.
  • No hand-holding. You’re going to be given a lot of autonomy. The team needs your fresh perspectives, and for you to establish new processes and systems as you design and build.
  • Chaos. You embrace chaos and moving rapidly. Not everything works out as planned, and that’s ok because you will change tack and try something different until successful.
  • Development feedback. The team is constantly looking for unfiltered feedback because they know that objectively acting on feedback is the best way to develop and grow. By embracing adversity, everyone can find new opportunities.

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