Payload Engineer

Company Details

Making microgravity testing easy, affordable and faster to access

Gravitilab Aerospace Services is based near Norwich, with collaborations and operations with launch partners in Scotland. An exciting, fast-growing start-up and industry pathfinder for microgravity testing services and aiding UK space science goals. With decades of experience in rocket technology, we are now seeking a new member of the team to work on the development of suborbital payloads and product design.

Job Description

Initially your work shall be R&D/development focused on product design helping the team deliver a unique proprietary payload module for Gravitilab’s suborbital launch vehicle. The role also includes systems engineering and technical analysis support for our customers with development of payloads.


  • Deliver highly reliable and robust payload designs for low-risk suborbital flights
  • Assist in the delivery of electro-mechanical systems
  • Work through Gravitilab’s ECSS derived engineering methodology
  • Responsible for design work packages and equipment across the company as required
  • To help manage electronic design projects and equipment across the company
  • Be involved in the ideation, planning, and strategy of upcoming projects
  • Take responsibility for each work package undertaken and, depending on experience, leading how the development is run and who is involved in it

Qualifications and Experience


  • Degree in engineering or relevant field • Demonstrated first principles thinking
  • Proficiency in Solidworks
  • Understanding of the aerospace laboratory environment including cleanliness, ESD precautions, and flight hardware handling and tracking
  • A strong understanding of space missions from conception through flight
  • Understanding of hardware requirements from mission ConOps down to MIL-STD and other specifications
  • Proficient in design for manufacture
  • Experience in developing system requirements and subsystem architectural design
  • Demonstrated ability to self-manage and self-motivate work on open-ended projects to produce tangible, incremental results
  • Demonstrated aptitude for rapid hardware development and a hands-on approach to design, build and fly space hardware
  • Demonstrated ability to independently research, communicate, and recommend key design decisions to stakeholders
  • 2+ years’ experience in the field of product design or similar field


  • Awareness of ECSS standards, and experience of projects through Phase 0/A to D/E
  • Experience with analysis software Ansys
  • Knowledge of composites and advanced materials for aerospace applications
  • Demonstrated experience in Python or other languages in an aerospace context
  • Familiarity with electrical interfaces and connection methods

Desirable Skills and Qualities:

  • Open minded and willing to engage with a variety of tasks/duties
  • Spaceflight project or work experience including SmallSats, particularly CubeSats
  • Experience across multiple architectures of spacecraft or multiple architectures of a single
    subsystem or component
  • Hands-on experience with spacecraft instrumentation, subsystems, and test labs
  • Good Microsoft Office skills, Word, Excel and SharePoint
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Positive and proactive ‘can-do’ attitude and ability to understand a ‘new space’ start-up environment
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team

Why Gravitilab?

  • Our workshop and office are open plan meaning that you’re only ever a few meters away from every other technical team member supporting creative, interdisciplinary and out-of-the-box
  • Have real responsibility for technical subsystems as every person has an important role in our rapidly growing start-up.
  • Develop new skills and competencies fast through on-the-job training
  • Work with an enthusiastic and energetic technical team

Salary: Dependent on experience

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