Intern for Systems & Software Engineering


Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Project Lead

Working Hours: 37.5h a week

Contract: Fixed Term 6-12 months, 3 month probation and 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays (prorated)

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Applications Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten “Catapults” launched by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board). The aim for each of them is to become a world-leading innovation centre in its own specialist area.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites”

Our Visions

’To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results.”

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun

The Role

The intern will be a key member of the Systems Engineering team, and will need to have a strong interest in digital architectures for telecommunications for satellite and cellular networks. The ideal candidate will be able to perform analysis and modelling with the aid of computer simulations. The position will contribute to the system architecture design and documentation, build mathematical models, write simulation code and support the project team.

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Ability to build accurate mathematical models to characterise and simulate system performance for innovative concepts with the support of senior engineers.
  • Ability to perform technical analysis and produce technical reports.
  • Motivated, driven, fast learner, multi-disciplinary, able to work across domains
  • Basic knowledge of Satellite Communications Technology and Services key concepts for Space and Ground Segment.
  • Basic knowledge of Terminal Architecture and Functionality key concepts.
  • Basic knowledge of Network Engineering key concepts (IP, TCP/UDP, Routing, Switching, etc..).
  • Basic knowledge of System Engineering processes.
  • Software coding and Web Development Frameworks.

Desired experience

  • Matlab/Octave.

Academic background

  • Master’s Degree in Telecommunications & Electronics Engineering, Physics or similar field.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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