Subsystem Summary:

The Communications (COMMS) subsystem is responsible to reliably transfer the largest possible volume of scientific and diagnostic data between the satellite and the Earth, by developing the necessary On-Board and Ground Station hardware and software. COMMS is also in charge of performing system-level electromagnetic analyses on AcubeSAT. In that context, our members are occupied with

  • RF front-end design
  • FPGA programming
  • Antenna design, construction and testing
  • Studying and implementing communication protocols
  • Digital signal processing
  • Electromagnetic compatibility

among others.

Position Description:

As a Communications Software Engineer you will learn and apply digital signal processing and embedded software development for communications specific applications. Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • Implementing space telecommunication protocols in software
  • Embedded software development for the satellite’s communication board
  • Software interfaces of the ground station

Required Skills:

Given the nature of the subsystem’s work and the multidisciplinarity of the team, the skills that are more sought after are:

  • Ability to work in a group and independently
  • Capable of analytical thinking and researching new fields
  • Eagerness to take initiatives
  • Good English written and oral skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of programming languages (mainly C/C++)
  • Experience with microcontrollers and communication protocols (UART, SPI, I2C, CAN)
  • Git workflow knowledge
  • Familiarity with Linux
  • Understanding of Real Time Operating Systems

Any of the following skills are not a prerequisite, but would be nice for a Software Engineer to have:

  • Experience with CMake or other build systems
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