Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN)

Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN)

Internship 8 weeks UK Wide, UK

Uploaded 24 Jun 2020

Job Description

The Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN) has been designed to provide an introductory link for those considering employment in the space sector and space sector organisations looking to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses. The scheme is managed by the UK Space Agency and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

The value of practical experience in the workplace has long been recognised to offer benefits to the spintern, providing valuable experience of the work environment and the skills that are crucial to a successful career, and benefits to the sponsor or host organisation who can identify a project that might otherwise not be achievable, carried out with a fresh pair of eyes and perhaps a fresh perspective on their own organisation and possibly provide an informal extended interview of a potential employee.

What is SPIN?

The Space Placements in INdustry seeks to provide project placements within companies and research organisations for those wishing to undertake a short-term placement within the space sector. It is recognised that all high tech industry sectors need STEM graduates in order to grow their business areas, and the space sector is no different. Through SPIN, the sector is ensuring that the brightest and best people are encouraged to focus their attention on space for their careers.

SPINtern Benefits

  • A paid work placement that will give you a very tangible experience to add to your CV
  • Unique induction event which will give you a perspective of the active and vibrant space sector in the UK
  • Showcase event which will enable you to promote yourself and the skills you’ve learnt to a wider community of potential employers
  • Learn first-hand the skills that employers really want
  • All SPINterns hosted by companies new to the scheme will be visited by a manager of the SPIN scheme during their placements, and all students are encouraged to engage with the scheme manager throughout and after their placement.

Will the SPINterns be paid?

Yes, these are paid placements and our guide is £1500 per month which should enable the SPINtern to travel to their place of work, and potentially live away from home.

Open Positions:

Improving the performance of a bespoke Prototype Rocket Engine - Smallspark Space Systems - Cardiff, Wales - 02/07/2020

Reducing Barriers to Sub Orbital Flight (Electronic Systems Engineering – Remote) - Responsive Access - Remote - 03/07/2020

Small sounding rocket launch programme for education and training -Joint internship with UK Launch Services Ltd & Raptor Aerospace - Remote (Flexible Working) - 03/07/2020

Range Systems analysis for commercial launch services - UK Launch Services Ltd (UKLSL) - Remote (Flexible Working) - 03/07/2020

Responsive Launch Mission Planning Tool - KISPE Space System - Farnborough, UK - 09/07/2020

Mobile Small Satellite Payload Processing Facility - KISPE Space System - Farnborough, UK - 09/07/2020

Development of Thermal Vacuum Test Chamber - Newton Launch Systems Ltd - Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire (working from home possible for most of the time) - 09/07/2020

Software Development for Rocket Engine Test Facility - Raptor Aerospace Ltd - Remote work start (opportunity to work in office dependent on changes to Government guidelines - Norfolk, UK) - 13/07/2020

Satellite Assembly, Testing and Prototyping - Alba Orbital - Glasgow, UK - 13/07/2020

Propulsion System Modelling - Protolaunch - Remote (Flexible Working) - 13/07/2020

Attitude and Orbit Control System - Deimos Space UK - Remote/Harwell Oxford (depending on office guidelines) - 13/07/2020

Guidance, Navigation and Control for launcher - Deimos Space UK - Remote/Harwell Oxford (depending on office guidelines) - 13/07/2020

Thermal Control of Stratospheric Launch System - B2Space - Newport, Wales/Remote Working - 13/07/2020

Multi-scale object detection on satellite imagery using deep learning - Earth-i -  Guildford, UK / Remote Working - 25/06/2020

Person Specification

We welcome applications from registered students from any disciplines who are enthusiastic to work in the space sector and are keen to develop new skills, applying and building on the knowledge they’ve acquired in their studies to date.

Please note: You must be a registered student at the time of applying. For more information on eligibility, please see the SPIN website.

The scheme is open to individuals who are enthusiastic about working in the space industry. Whilst Aerospace Engineering or Physics are key topics to the ‘upstream’ sector, Electronic, Mechanical and Systems Engineering are also important; numerate and computer-savvy natural scientists and geographers are sought after in the ‘downstream’ or ‘satellite-enabled’ sectors, and all organisations will require people with business related skills. 

You should also be aware that most organisations will not be in a position to support visa applications for short-term workers. If you are in any doubt as to whether you will require a visa, please refer to the UK Visas and Immigration website. We are unable to facilitate this.

Please see each individual job application for specific required skills.