Design Thinker (Ref 16/32)

Company: Satellite Applications Catapult

Location: Harwell, Oxford (Design Team)

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. We help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board.

Project Background

We are already changing the world through the use of space technologies in areas as diverse as commercial fishing, disaster relief and city planning.

Our goal (and yours too) is to identify global user needs and apply space technologies in interesting ways to satisfy those needs. Application is our middle name.

Student Specification

  • You are someone who wants to change the world and believes that user-centred design is an essential tool in achieving this.
  • You prototype as proof of concept, work visually as much as possible and itch to teach people why these are great ways of working.
  • You can tell stories and use these narratives to win people over to your cause.
  • You are naturally curious and not afraid to ask questions.
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK.

Minimum Requirements

  • Sketching / Quick prototyping
  • Ability to explain/defend a response to a creative brief
  • Ninja skills in graphics software (we use the Adobe CC suite, so this would be our preference) to produce:
    • Infographics
    • Presentations
    • Visual narratives
  • Positive attitude
  • Self-driven, exploratory.
  • Can draw a perfect circle freehand (very important)
  • An interest in Science Communication

Preferred additional requirements

You are a student from a Service or Product Design, Information Experience Design, Communication Design or similar courses, with some great visuals on your portfolio.

The Nitty Gritty: 8-week fixed-term contract to be agreed with successful candidate but nominally with a start date of 27 June 2016 which is also the SPIN student induction day at Harwell. Salary is £1,500 per calendar month. (guide only)

Applications for this role are now closed

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