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Research Engineer, Aerospace Engineering

Employer
KHALIFA UNIVERSITY
Location
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
31 Dec 2025

Job Details

General Details

Position Code: ABCD1234
Position Type: Project Based (Fixed Term)
Position Duration: 01/02 /2024 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
Technical Keywords: Spacecraft propulsion, space systems engineering, development, testing.

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 for the exciting opportunity in the role of: propulsion Research Engineer. This position role encompasses providing engineering assistance across the entire satellite lifecycle: from initial satellite acquisition to launch, orbit ascent operations, and on-orbit functions. With more focus on the development, test and integration of spacecraft propulsion systems. This entails utilizing Excel, MATLAB, or Python to create coding solutions, boosting spacecraft performance monitoring and analytics tools and using SolidWorks or other for CAD modelling. Additionally, it involves cultivating a diverse technical skill set to make a substantial impact on the success of every spacecraft mission.

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

Position Requirements

  • Support the design and implementation of propulsion Spacecraft Subsystems in terms of definition of requirements, design and verification.
  • Participate in the spacecraft integration and the testing of different spacecraft’s modules, including the preparation of the bill of material, integration procedures for all active subsystems in collaboration with the system engineer.
  • Thorough understanding of cutting-edge space technologies relevant to the advancement of satellite system development
  • Space Segment procurement activities focusing on Spacecrafts subsystems including the required test equipment. 

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (recruitmentteam@ku.ac.ae).

Company

Company info
Mini-site
KHALIFA UNIVERSITY
Telephone
+(971)24018000
Location
TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH KUSTAR
PO BOX 127788
ABU DHABI
AE

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