Who we are

Open Cosmos is revolutionizing 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 space, we are happy to be part of something that is more than the best of each of ourselves.

Description of the Position

This opportunity is for a 12-month internship, ideal for an engineering student looking for early experience of the aerospace sector. We are open to consider a full staff position following this internship. This is an exciting opportunity for you as an engineer to get familiar with both technical and commercial aspects of the space sector in a fast-growing start-up.

You will be joining Open Cosmos’ core team in Harwell-Oxford (UK). You will participate primarily in the Mechanical and design activities of the company and support the overall support of the Technology function.

Tasks and responsibilities  

  • Cradle to grave development of designs

  • Cradle to grave development of test rigs

  • Development of Assembly Integration and testing process and documentation

  • Assembling prototypes and testing of prototypes

Skills, attitude and experience  

  • Demonstrable experience in the area of product engineering. Preferably the candidate would have developed a commercial mechanical/electro-mechanical product that has been sold in recent years.

  • Demonstrable experience in testing of product for functionality.

  • Experience in sizing mechanisms using first principles.

  • Experience using structural hand-calculations to validate a design.

  • Experience with any precision CAD software (Solidworks, Pro Engineer, etc)

  • Experience in tolerance analysis (worst case or statistical)

  • Experience in GD&T using ISO 1101, 2692 & 5458 or ASME Y14.5 to achieve high-reliability and performance.

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes to aid design and ease of manufacture.

  • Experience in designing with machine & fastening elements.

  • Experience with Python programming

  • Experience with microcontrollers

  • Experience developing test-rigs

  • Experience with developing test plans

  • Experience managing communications with suppliers.  

Nice to have  

  • Experience with Assembly, Integration and Testing of aerospace or automotive product.

  • Experience in Failure modes, effects & reliability analysis.

  • Previous 6 month placement covering required skills & experience.


  • Paid Internship

  • Work 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 annually

  • Attractive Pension Scheme & Immediate enrolment

  • Free pantry at the office stocked with fresh fruit, healthy snacks and pick’n’mix sweets

  • Social clubs organised by the team – so far we’ve got Run Club, Paella Club, ice-skating Club and Thirsty Club – suggest something new?

How to apply

Visit the career section of our website here:  https://opencosmos.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=25

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

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Open Cosmos in the media

Our Website - https://open-cosmos.com/media/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/open.cosmos.space/
Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/open-cosmos/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/open_cosmos