Research Engineer

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
23 May 2023
End of advertisement period
22 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


General Details

Position Code: Research Engineer.8800566
Position Type: Project Based (Fixed Term)
Position Duration: 01/06 /2023 to 31/12/2025
Position Title: Research Engineer
Project Title: Development of a 6U CubeSat Technology Demonstrator
Project Supervisor: Djamal Darfilal
Academic Department: Aerospace Engineering
Relevant Research Center: Khalifa University Space Technology and Innovation Centre – KUSTIC
Technical Keywords: Spacecraft electronics, power, development, tests.

About Khalifa University

Khalifa University is ranked 181st in the QS World University Rankings 2023, and the top University in the UAE, with a range of research and academic programs designed to address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing our rapidly evolving world.

Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. Our research and academic activities cover a broad range of disciplines in engineering, science and medicine through our three colleges.

Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors. The University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories  “verticals” and “horizontals”  which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.

KU’s focus sectors are Clean and Renewable Energy, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Water and Environment, Healthcare, Aerospace, and Supply Chain and Logistics. Research in these sectors is enhanced by our research platforms of Robotics, AI and Data Science, Information and Communication Technologies, and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing as well as Fundamental Sciences.

Position Overview

Yahsat Space Lab (YSL) at KU is looking for motivated candidates to join our team as a Research Engineer to support spacecraft Electrical and Power System (EPS). The satellite EPS research engineer is responsible for ensuring the overall satellite EPS and relevant systems by providing necessary technical oversight and performing functional duties as required. In addition, the EPS research engineer will directly support satellite program development at YSL, and engage in developing electrical systems architecture and electrical and power units, and supporting required electrical hardware tests; from prototyping to in-flight testing, throughout mission development cycle and on-orbit operation.

The research engineer will also supervise, together with the project team, graduate students to gain hands-on experience in developing satellites electrical and power systems. The current lab team is composed of several systems engineers and experts working mainly on satellites subsystems development.

Position Requirements

  • Design the spacecraft Electronics and Power Subsystem – EPS (electrical, data, grounding, harness, etc.), in coordination with the project team consisting of Structure, Propulsion, ADCS, etc.
  • Space segment procurement activities focusing on EPS and general electrical design and test equipment.
  • Participate in the electrical integration and the testing of different spacecraft modules, including the preparation of the bill of material, integration procedures for all active subsystems in collaboration with the systems engineer.
  • Design specific boards and harnesses for the satellite; including component selection, schematics and routing.
  • Participate in the development of power management software with the embedded software team.
  • Writing and maintaining technical documentation relevant to EPS. 


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • MSc from a reputable university in electrical engineering, aerospace engineering or related discipline.
  • The candidate should have at least 2 years hands-on experience in space activities related to power sub-systems.
  • Experience in engineering procurement activities; in coordination with cost and planning.
  • EPS architecture: ability to translate mission needs into detailed specifications and capacity to define the component specification based on subsystem specifications.
  • Experience in electrical interfaces specification and subsystem compatibility analysis.
  • Experience in electromagnetic compatibility.
  • Hands-on experience in the design of power switch/power protection electronics and DC/DC converters.
  • Experience in designing spacecraft solar panels.
  • Ability to function as a team player working on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines.
  • Well-developed reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English.

Desired Criteria

  • Hands-on experience with RF subsystems (transceiver/amplifier design, etc.)
  • Experience with part selection for high radiation environments.
  • Experience in environmental and radiation tests.

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: Abu Dhabi UAE
Job: Research Engineer
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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