Mechatronics and Control Engineer – Space Robotics

  • Full Time
  • ROBOTICS
  • BELGIUM
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible

Company Details

Space Applications Services is a company based in the Brussels area (BE) that provides products and services for the space sector in many areas from Avionics, Robotics, Human Exploration, Science and Earth observation.

Space Applications Services is a company based in the Brussels area (BE) that provides products and services for the space sector in many areas from Avionics, Robotics, Human Exploration, Science and Earth observation.

The successful candidate will be based in our main office at Sint-Stevens-Woluwe (Brussels Area).
The position is in the Systems Department, Robotics, Mechanisms & Structures Team (comprises of 9 persons).
The candidate will mainly report to Robotics, Mechanisms & Structures Team Lead.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The work assignation will initially deal with the development of control software components for complex robotic components related to space robotics applications (planetary and in space), in challenging ESA and/or EC funded projects. These projects, in particular, include (1) the development of control strategies for haptic force feedback exoskeleton technology and (2) the implementation of visual servoing control software for on-orbit servicing applications.

Tasks may involve:

  • Analyzing potential control strategies, carrying out trade-offs accounting for electronic boards options and taking into account mission requirements
  • Developing hardware and software test setups to validate the suitability of control strategies
  • Developing a simulation environment to test and validate developed software
  • Supporting the end-to-end implementation, testing and optimization on target robot architecture
  • Generating the technical documentation required all along the process.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 2 years of professional experience involving software development for control in robotics is required
  • Proficiency with robust control algorithms related to robotics manipulation, haptics, and visual servoing
  • Hands-on experience with robotics software developments and frameworks (ROS, OROCOS, Gazebo,…), real-time control and communication (CAN, EtherCAT,…), Matlab
  • Advanced programming skills in C++, Python
  • Hands-on experience with complex software architectures assemblies, deployment, and testing
  • Experience with Continuous Integration processes and agile software development
  • Experience with space communication buses (SpaceWire, TTE) is a plus
  • Proficiency with technical documentation production

The successful candidate will have the following skills

  • A proactive approach, with initiative and ability to work independently
  • A hands-on mentality
  • Ability to:
    • Synthesize, summarise and draw conclusions
    • Adhere to strict standards of confidentiality
    • Work in distributed international teams
    • Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines
    • Excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills
    • Excellent written and spoken English
    • Flexible and capable to work in a fast-paced environment.

What Do We Offer?

  • Working in a growing company with Staff located in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands
  • A professional, pleasant atmosphere with motivated and passionate staff, where autonomy and initiatives are encouraged
  • An interesting remuneration package with a relocation allowance, if applicable
  • A full-time position with an indefinite contract of employment.

The candidate shall be eligible to work in the European Union or in possession of a European Blue Card for two or more years.

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