Space Optical System Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • Candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK. 10% travel.

Company Details

Thales people architect and deliver satellite-based systems that help position, connect and observe our planet, and push the boundaries of our understanding of planet's resources. Our systems are in orbit at 400 km, 20000 km, 36000 km and beyond to the edges of the solar system.

About Us

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Who are you?

  • You have an experience in optical payload design?
  • You have an experience in image sensors and filters?
  • You hold a degree in engineering?
  • You have got a strong team spirit?

What we could offer:

Joining the systems team of Thales Alenia Space in the UK and working on a fantastic earth observation mission, the optical engineer will have the following responsibilities:

  • Perform optical design of the payload
  • Perform modelling, simulation and trade-offs for the payload
  • Perform straylight analysis
  • Define calibration and alignment plan
  • Selection of parts suitable for the space environment
  • Manage interface specification
  • Support to reviews at all levels of the design, development and testing of the payload
  • Liaise with customers and subcontractors on technical issues
  • Experience with Requirements management tools such as DOORS, and modelling tools will be an advantage
  • Experience with modelling tools
  • Experience with Zemacs would be an asset


The position will be based at the TAS-UK Bristol office but up to 10% of work may need to be conducted at subcontractor’s or customer premises, typically in UK or Europe.

Important Information

In line with Thales’ Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.


At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!


Tagged as: DOORS, optical payload design, image sensors/filters, straylight analysis, zemacs, modelling tools, calibration/alignment plan, interface specification

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