Orbital Analyst

Northern Space and Security

Direct Entry Job Permanent Durham, UK

Uploaded 10 Nov 2021

Job Description

Northern Space and Security Ltd (NORSS), the UKs only dedicated Space Situational Awareness company, is proud to offer an extremely unique and highly desirable position working as an Orbital Analyst.  Our company vision video can be found here:


The role involves working in the UK’s only commercial Orbital Analyst centre, where day-to-day duties will include, but not limited to, development of astrodynamics software capabilities, supporting technical space proposal development, and ensuring the safety of critical spacecraft is involved in high-interest event by monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on key space events (such as re-entering objects, collision avoidance activities and fragmentations of objects).

As part of a team of analysts and engineers, the role will also include research and development in  UK led Space Surveillance and Tracking capabilities of the future, enabling the successful candidate to have a pivotal role in shaping the future in this area.

The role will provide opportunities for involvement in numerous forms of research & development projects, covering a wide range of topics.

There will be opportunities for the candidate to work and develop SST telescope systems to monitor and track space objects from orbit. Therefore, any experience with astronomy or telescope operations is considered a benefit but not a requirement.

We are looking for a candidate with a sound academic qualification, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn and be hard working and flexible. Moderate formal experience in astrodynamics or orbital mechanisms is required, whilst significant on the job training will be given to perform these functions effectively. The successful candidate should have some level of software development or coding experience (ideally in Java but C++ or Python are also acceptable) to help develop tools to make day-to-day activities more efficient.

This is an extremely unique role and will enable the successful candidate to network within both the civil and military space community, an opportunity that is seldom seen for early career graduates and gain a significant amount of broad space experience very rapidly.

Person Specification

Candidate skills:

Minimum Skills

  • Ability to understand scientific processes and requirements
  • Capable of reviewing data sets
  • Ability to organise work effectively
  • An understanding of IT systems and experienced in the use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Comprehensive understanding of mathematics
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with colleagues and client’s staff at all levels. Able to prepare detailed reports and present where necessary
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Effective time management

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain complex operational processes and requirements
  • Comprehensive understanding of data analytics
  • Development and utilisation of SST/SSA related computer simulations
  • Advanced understanding of Microsoft office applications, IT systems and computer networks
  • Ability to lead a team effectively and professionally to deliver results
  • Understanding of celestial mechanics, astrodynamics, and atmospheric physics
  • Skilled in the one or more of the following programming languages: Fortran, C/C++, Java, Matlab, Python, SQL, Java-script
  • Scientific algorithm development
  • Data fusion techniques for SST

Candidate experience:

Minimum Experience

  • Academic study in a relevant field (physics, mathematics, engineering)

Desirable Experience

  • At a year in the space industry focussed on SST/SSA and/or space systems
  • Performing in a high-pressure environment
  • Data analysis and analytical software utilisation
  • Space Situational Awareness, Space Weather and Space Surveillance and Tracking
  • SST modelling and analysis
  • Development of automated scripts and/or simple software products
  • Experience in telescope operations (either on astronomy or specifically SST)
  • Experience in radar development or operations for SST

Candidate qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in a relevant field (physics, mathematics, engineering) or strong experience in the space industry with A-Level mathematics

Desirable Qualifications

  • A recognised master’s degree 2:1 or above


Candidate personal skills:

  • Excellent communication skills required
  • Ability to organise work effectively
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Effective time management
  • High self-motivation
  • Hard working


If you are interested in the role, please email us at [email protected] with your CV and explain in less than 500 words why you feel you are a suitable candidate for such a position.

Suitable candidates must be available to be interviewed via teleconference 2nd and 3rd December.