Software / Electronics Engineer - 3 Month Paid Placement

Want to change the future of the Space Industry? You have come to the right place. We fundamentally believe that every University, College and High School on Earth could design, build and launch their own spacecraft. We need super ambitious, driven and bright minds to make this a reality.

Alba Orbital/PocketQube Shop is the world leader in PocketQube satellites and is one of the UK’s most innovative companies. We are looking to add a Software/Electronics Engineer, with an emphasis on coding, to our small team. You will be tasked with designing an open source GUI interface for our electronics dev board, The Labsat. This placement would best suit an early stage engineer preferably an existing Masters Degree or PhD student.

All candidates must be eligible for ESA’s Summer of Code program and enrolled in a University course within the EU.


  • Delivery of GUI portal for Labsat

  • Test and rapidly iterate the portal to add user requirements

The candidate must demonstrate

  • Electronics theory, covering power supply design

  • Manufacturing principles (SMD soldering, crimping, assembly)

  • Track record of delivering effective electronics projects from design to production

  • Willingness to continuously learn and overcome any obstacle put in their way

  • Innovation, Perseverance and a Genuine knowledge of and passion for Startups

Preferable Experience

  • Digital design

  • Embedded system design

  • Communication protocols  (I2C, SPI, CAN, UART, …)

  • Basic SW skills (C, python, scripting, linux)

  • Experience working on a Cubesat

  • Space Industry Experience


Successful candidate will be paid a stipend of €4k (EURO) directly from ESA for the 3 month project. The project will be based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Please email CV, Evidence of Portfolio (including GitHub page) and Covering letter to: