Satellite Design Competiton Volunteer


Volunteer Role Varies Online, UK

Uploaded 19 Apr 2021

Job Description

Our organization

As the UK’s national student space society, we support students and young professionals across the country by running events, providing resources, and teaching new skills. Joining UKSEDS is the best way to get involved in the space sector as a student. You’ll gain all sorts of skills and experience, and have the chance to work with lots of space organizations and members of the community. Most importantly, you’ll get to work with other like-minded students to achieve something incredible, and have fun while you do! 

Role description

One of the three competitions currently run by UKSEDS is the Satellite Design Competition (SDC). As a volunteer for SDC, you will be involved with the day-to-day organisation and running of the competition. You will report directly to the competition lead and will have meetings with your team every week or every two weeks depending on the time of year. The competition runs from October to August and challenges teams to design, build and test their own 3U CubeSat, culminating in a competition day during the summer, where teams compete in a mystery room. Your tasks could include communicating with teams, updating the competition goals and requirements, finding industry supporters or sponsors, organizing the competition day, etc. 

The process

Applications will close on 26th November 2021. Following that, there will be one round of interviews on Google Meet with shortlisted applicants, with other interview methods available if you require them. 

Volunteering with us

UKSEDS is run by 80+ volunteers from all across the UK. None of us are paid, but we all want to make a difference. We work remotely, communicating through Slack and holding online meetings on Google Meet. Timescales fluctuate throughout the year, but for this role, you will be expected to dedicate around 4-8 hours on average per week. Alongside working, there are opportunities to chat informally with other volunteers and join online social events.

Diversity and inclusion

Our aims to educate and develop young people contribute to our vision of a growing and diverse workforce in the UK space sector. Everyone brings their own unique viewpoint and ideas to our team which enables us to work towards this vision together. When you’re working with us, we’re keen to ensure you’re comfortable by facilitating any extra measures you might need, and to provide you with opportunity after opportunity to develop yourself. 

Person Specification

We’re looking for someone who is comfortable working remotely, is highly motivated, and works well in a team environment. Working with UKSEDS should be something that you enjoy doing. We don’t need you to be studying a STEM degree, all you need is an interest in space! 

If at any point, for any reason, you can’t do the role, that’s fine. We are students too, and we appreciate that exams, deadlines, and life often get in the way of volunteer roles like these. We will work with you to deal with these issues.


  • Experience working as part of a team to achieve a common goal
  • Highly organized and able to manage time well
  • Good communication skills
  • Comfortable working remotely

Be a member of UKSEDS (it is free - [To be eligible to volunteer you must be over 18 and be studying or working at a UK-based institution or have been in the last 3 years]


  • Knowledge of satellites, in particular CubeSats
  • Experience working with satellites
  • Experience taking part in one or more of the UKSEDS competitions
  • Experience running a competition or event
  • Graphic design experience