Date Posted: 9 January 2018

Work Type: Volunteer

Hours Required: 10 hours per week (on average)

Location: 333 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3004

Position Title: Electronics Engineer


Team: Power System

Reports to: Power System Team Lead

Department: Engineering


As part of our ACRUX-1 project, a fully custom electrical power system will be designed, built and tested before integration into the complete satellite. The electrical power system accounts for everything from initial power generation from the solar panels, to energy storage and management, to power distribution to all other CubeSat systems and devices. Being a mission critical subsystem, the electrical power system will be built as a high reliability system that is tolerant to faults and system disturbances all whilst providing adequate, uninterrupted power to support all satellite electrical functions throughout the mission lifetime.

This role will involve being an active member of the power system team, working on multiple hardware and software aspects of the system throughout the design, building, testing and integration phases of the project. The role requires highly practical skills in conjunction with in-depth knowledge of electronics and systems engineering principles.


  • Contribution to the design and testing of switch mode DC/DC converters, sensors, communication devices, controllers, protection circuits as well as other power electronics components, devices and assemblies.
  • Prototyping of PCBs for various parts of the power system design.
  • Assembling, testing and debugging of circuit boards.
  • Generation of software for tests and data acquisition.
  • Contribution to flight computer software pertaining to the power system.
  • Communication and documentation of all design decisions and testing results.
  • Week to week task tracking and progress reporting.
  • Collaborative work and regular check-ins with the power system team lead and other team members.
  • Attendance and contribution to design reviews and engineering-wide meetings.


  • This role would suit an applicant undertaking a Master of Engineering (Electrical) or other relevant degree looking to apply and develop their electronics skills and knowledge.
  • Third year undergraduate students are also welcome to apply given they possess the majority of skills and experience listed below.


  • Working knowledge of electronics systems
  • Practical electronics skills (e.g. soldering)
  • Experience using Altium Designer PCB software
  • Software skills in C and MATLAB
  • Competent verbal and written communication skills that have been proven in a team-based setting
  • Able to document design work and contribute to project management documentation
  • Can effectively work as part of a team with a collaborative attitude


  • Attend all team meetings as well as other departmental- and organisational-wide meetings when required
  • Work with fellow MSP volunteers and other stakeholders in a professional manner at all times
  • Demonstrate continued capability to work individually as well as contribute to team work and discussion
  • Contribute to the development of MSP through dedication and commitment to its work and its organisational culture
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in learning more, and developing and mastering personal and professional skills
  • Ensure that the office space used for work is left clean and presentable
  • Ensure that all OHS rules and procedures are followed in assigned MSP lab spaces at all times


  • An exciting project: have something orbit the Earth that you helped design and build!
  • The Melbourne Space Program strives to support and encourage the personal and professional development of all its volunteers.
  • Supplement your university studies with hands-on experience that will help you hone existing technical abilities and gain new skills.
  • Gain experience working in a professional environment, with the opportunity to cultivate soft skills needed to excel in any field of work.
  • Gain confidence in your ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Challenge yourself to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Meet people who are just as passionate and ambitious as you are.
  • Make a difference – CubeSats are fast changing the way space is used and who can use it. Be at the forefront of a technological wave that will have impacts from daily imaging of the entire globe to worldwide open internet access.

To apply, please submit a cover letter (optional) and your CV here. Questions regarding this role may be sent via our website Contact Form.