Mechanical Design and Analysis Engineer


Who we are

Open Cosmos is revolutionising the way space technology is used and is at the forefront of the emerging new space industry. Our mission is to make space accessible to anyone, to help solve the world’s biggest challenges. We do this by providing simple and affordable space missions, using nanosatellite technology, providing end to end space missions for customers around the world (private and institutional). We work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the European Space Agency (ESA), but also with small and innovative high-tech companies, together developing the space technology and applications of the future.

Based at one of the world’s leading space campuses in Harwell, Oxfordshire, we are a young and ambitious team with the drive to define a greater future for this planet and the people living on it; therefore, when our minds come together to fulfil our mission to democratise the space we are happy to be part of something that is more than the best of each of ourselves.

Description of the Position

You will be joining Open Cosmos’ core team in Harwell-Oxford (UK) and will be responsible to deliver mechanical designs and perform structural analysis and tests to fulfill the company needs.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Lead the mechanical design of flight and support hardware.

  • Lead structural analysis of flight and engineering hardware.

  • Lead structural tests of flight and engineering hardware.

  • Dealing with manufacturing supply chain.

  • Definition and input to quality and operational excellence processes.

  • Definition and involvement into assembly, integration and test activities.

  • Mentorship/training/recruitment and motivation of colleagues.

  • Support sales, customer support or any other business areas that require technical support as needed.

  • Input to technical roadmap.

  • Assisting company-wide projects and activities as part of the Open Cosmos team.

Skills, attitude and experience

  • Proven industrial experience in product engineering. To have developed several products, seen full cycle including functional and environmental testing involvement

  • >=3 years experience in mechanical design, from concept to drawing for manufacture, knowledge in GD&T using ISO 1101, 2692 & 5458 or ASME Y14.5

  • >=3 years experience in system level structural analysis using Patran/Nastran, Ansys or similar

  • Experience in assembly, integration and test of high reliability systems (aerospace, automotive, nuclear…)

  • Extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes to aid design for manufacturing

  • Experience managing communication with suppliers

  • Attention to detail

  • Lean/Bootstrap mentality

  • Honesty, openness and self awareness

  • Proactiveness

  • Quick to learn and coach others

Nice to have

  • Experience in the space sector

  • Space systems engineer experience

  • Supply chain network

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

  • 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?

  • Remote working as per company policy

  • Working from home as per company policy

  • Annual Salary Review

How to apply

Visit the career section of our website here.

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

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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