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Magdrive Ltd
Harwell, Didcot
£55k - £70k per annum (DOE)
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

Job Details

Magdrive is hiring a Senior Electrical Test Systems Engineer with a focus on test systems, to help develop and test the next generation of spacecraft propulsion. The Magdrive thruster will deliver unmatched thrust and efficiency, enabling entirely new industries in satellite servicing, orbital assembly and interplanetary transport.

You will play a pivotal role as one of the early employees of Magdrive, which brings enhanced freedom, responsibility and potential for career growth. The solutions you develop will directly shape the development of the Magdrive propulsion system and have a significant impact on the future of space travel. You will play a senior role within the electrical team, ensuring the subcomponents integrate successfully together and with mechanical components, while assisting the CTO on grant and stakeholder deliverables. Day to day, you will be primarily responsible for the development of test equipment crucial to all stages of development, from component lifetime tests to full system verification equipment.

Magdrive offers a supportive and flexible work environment with the ability to adjust work hours, flexible remote and hybrid working, with competitive salary, comprehensive health insurance and regular company socials. 

Location: Hybrid remote and Harwell Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire


  • Design and develop thruster system architecture, collaborating closely with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment with project objectives and industry regulatory requirements.

  • Ensure successful integration of electrical subcomponents with mechanical components, conducting thorough testing and validation to verify system performance.

  • Lead efforts to improve company procedures for the design, build, and test of prototypes and flight hardware, driving efficiency and quality throughout the development process.

  • Design and develop test procedures, equipment, and software to verify electronic and mechanical subcomponents, leveraging your expertise to optimize testing methodologies and tools.

  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior engineers, fostering their professional growth and development.

  • Stay up to date with industry trends and advancements in electrical testing methodologies and technologies, incorporating best practices into company processes and procedures.

  • Support the CTO with management of electrical test systems specific grant and stakeholder deliverables.


  • 8-10 years’ experience in electrical engineering or related

  • Educated to a degree level within in electrical engineering or similar

  • 8+ years experience with embedded systems and PCB testing.


  • Experience with space hardware and equipment

  • Experience in circuit and PCB design

  • Experience with pulsed power and high voltage (1 - 5 kV) electronics

  • Experience with CAD (electrical and mechanical)

  • Experience with test systems portfolios, such as National Instruments

  • Experience with electronic system design.


  • Salary £55k - £70k per annum (DOE)

  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays

  • Flexible working hours and remote working

  • Comprehensive private health insurance

  • Support for home office setup.


Company info
Magdrive Ltd
unit 4 BEPO Building
Thomson Avenue, Harwell Campus
ox11 0gd
United Kingdom

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