Software Engineer

Alba Orbital

Direct Entry Job Permanent Glasgow, UK

Uploaded 25 Jan 2022

Job Description

Alba Orbital is looking for a Software Engineer to join our satellite engineering team. We fundamentally believe that our PocketQubes provide the ideal platform for small groups to design, build and launch their own spacecraft. We need ambitious, driven and bright minds to make this a reality. The candidate will have the chance to exercise their initiative, adaptability and drive in a fast-paced, highly technical environment. This role will have an emphasis on developing and testing software to run throughout our satellites.

Alba Orbital Ltd. is the world leader in PocketQube satellites and is one of the UK’s most innovative companies. We are looking to add an enthusiastic, self-motivated Embedded Software/ Firmware Engineer to our small, highly driven team.

You must be a team player, who can prioritise when working on multiple projects within a multi-disciplinary team. You will be tasked with designing, developing, testing and debugging firmware for onboard systems using microcontrollers and embedded Linux. You will also build and maintain software tools to support these processes, and collaborate with the other engineers to validate and improve satellite systems. This position would best suit an early-stage or entry level engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Computing Science or Engineering/ Electronics or related subject, and ideally have some industrial experience. Please note, this job will require working on-site at Alba Orbital Ltd. full-time (i.e. is not a remote working position).


·        Automate and streamline the production of our embedded systems

·        Maintaining and improving existing technology

·        Develop low-level drivers for I2C, SPI and UART interfaces

·        Proficient in the C and Phyton coding language to assist with testing and deployment of embedded systems

·        Develop low-level drivers for I2C, SPI and UART interfaces

·        Ability to work in a team of engineers and technicians to deliver work packages to time, cost and quality

If this sounds exciting to you then please forward your C.V. in the first instance to: [email protected]

Person Specification

·        Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering/Computer Science or similar

·        Experience in C

·        Experience in programming embedded systems (i.e. microcontrollers and/or

·        embedded Linux)

·        An understanding of the upper levels of the software stack, working with APIs and some web-technologies (e.g. Flask, Django, Vue.js, Electron)

·        Experience translating specified requirements into sub-system plans and designs

·        Knowledge of analogue and digital circuits, and ability to interpret schematics and device datasheets

·        Enthusiasm for continuous learning

·        Ability to work with little supervision


Preferable Experience

·        Experience using TI MSP430 and MSP432

·        Experience in Python programming

·        Experience of Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) testing

·        Embedded OS (FreeRTOS, embedded Linux)

·        FPGA expertise (Verilog/ VHDL)

·        Experience working on a CubeSat or space industry experience