Position Overview:

The Science Unit’s success is deeply rooted in its capacity to not only design theoretical experiments but also to prototype, test, and perfect its systems in real-world conditions. The Development Engineer is pivotal in bridging the gap between concept and reality. We seek an innovative DIY enthusiast who can design, prototype, and implement intricate testing setups for payload development, a miniaturized imaging system and experiments ran with living organisms. The ideal candidate has a knack for creative solutions, hands-on experience in design and manufacturing, and an understanding of the constraints and potentials of unconventional setups.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with CAD software for design and 3D printing applications
  • Hands-on experience with 3D printers or other manufacturing tools
  • Knowledge of materials, including their mechanical and thermal properties
  • Demonstrated ability to prototype, iterate, and test experimental setups

Any of the below Qualifications are a plus:

  • Familiarity with microcontroller platforms (e.g. Arduino) and single-board computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi)
  • Demonstrated ability to work within constraints and deliver innovative solutions
  • Strong sense of ownership, drive, and commitment to mission success
  • Effective communication skills with team members of varying expertise
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing project requirements
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail

About the position:

The Development Engineer role is an adventure. You’ll be at the forefront of ensuring that our payload components are tested, validated, and ready for space. From designing a sterile glovebox for precise biological experiments to building a testing rig for the miniaturized imaging system, you will be the go-to individual for crafting the physical manifestations of our science. Engage in a dynamic environment where your skills in rapid prototyping, DIY hacks, and out-of-the-box thinking will be continuously honed and challenged. You’ll collaborate with Payload Engineers, Biomolecular Engineers, Thermal Engineers and the like, ensuring that our CubeSat is equipped with the best possible tools for groundbreaking science.


  • Design, prototype, and validate experimental test setups
  • Use CAD software to design parts and assemblies, ensuring manufacturability and function
  • Operate and maintain 3D printers and other manufacturing tools
  • Collaborate with various teams to understand their requirements and provide physical solutions
  • Document designs, processes, and tests for transparency and reproducibility


  • Tell us something you’ve hacked! This is your chance to show us how creative you can be! By hack, we mean “a creative way of making something work,” so it can be applied to anything, from building a DIY centrifuge to making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.
  • Feel free to tell us about some of your crafts, or even include a link that showcases them.
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