[P132] Payload System Engineer (Satellite)

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), España


As a Payload System Engineer (Satellite) at PLD Space, your mission is participating in satellite successful design, development, integration, operation, and performance evaluation. You will play a key role in the design, development, and validation of the different platform subsystems, onboard payloads, and operations, contributing to the success of mission objectives. 


  • System-level and link-level design in support of a robust satellite system. 
  • Work in close collaboration with ASPIC/FPGA, RF/Antenna, power sources condition and distribution, data processing and storage to design and validate hardware solutions. 
  • Work in close collaboration with software engineers for critical flight software development.  
  • Generate spacecraft and consumer equipment system specifications, requirements, and test procedures. 
  • Collaborate with customers and internal and external teams to gather payload requirements and specifications, ensuring their compatibility with the launch vehicle. 
  • Participate in the development process of payload interfaces, including mechanical, electrical, and data interfaces, to ensure seamless integration with the launch vehicle and ground stations. 
  • Collaborate with other satellite design teams to ensure the proper accommodation and mounting of payloads, flight dynamics, satellite operations and data downlink. 
  • Participate in payload integration activities, including assembly, testing, and verification, to ensure proper functionality and readiness for launch. 
  • Participate in payload compatibility tests and simulations, including vibration, shock, and thermal tests, to verify performance under launch and space environment conditions. 
  • Document payload integration processes, test procedures, and results for knowledge sharing, lessons learned, and future reference. 
  • Generate documentation, including user guides, guidelines and user manuals for internal customers use. 
  • Generate documentation for formal program development reviews.

Required Knowledge

  • Aerospace Engineering bachelor’s degree or demonstrable relevant experience in lieu thereof. Advanced degree preferred. 
  • >2 years of professional experience in system-level modeling. 
  • > 5 years of relevant technical experience in satellite systems 
  • Solid understanding of payload system engineering principles and concepts. 
  • Knowledge of mechanical and electrical interfaces, integration processes, and compatibility considerations. 
  • Understanding of launch vehicle dynamics and launch environment constraints. 
  • Knowledge of payload testing and verification methodologies. 
  • Experience working in the lab and using lab equipment. 
  • Proficiency in using engineering software tools for design, analysis, and simulation. Expertise in MATLAB, C/C++, and/or Python 
  • Expertise in designing and implementing system-level procedures and algorithms. 
  • Expertise in various multiple access schemes including downlink and uplink scheduler designs and tradeoffs. Understanding of system link budgets and analysis related to communication systems. 
  • Understanding of ASIC and FPGA development concepts, methodologies, and procedures 
  • Understanding of power sources, sensor acquisition and data processing hardware. 

Required competences

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to assess and resolve payload integration issues. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with cross-functional teams and external partners. 
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in performing payload compatibility tests and simulations. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, managing multiple tasks and priorities. 
  • Adaptability and willingness to learn new technologies and industry advancements. 
  • Strong documentation and report writing skills to ensure clear and comprehensive documentation of payload systems. 
  • English B2-C1.

Desired competences

  • Experience in payload system engineering for satellites and/or other spacecraft type. 
  • Familiarity with industry standards and best practices for payload development and integration. 
  • Knowledge of data handling and communication protocols for payload systems. 
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements and certification processes for payload systems. 
  • Experience with launch operations and launch campaign support. 
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills for payload-related anomalies. 
  • French B2-C1.


  • Location: Elche 
  • Full time position  
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required, in particular to French Guiana (FR), during implementation phase. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Payload Aerospace SL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.

We are compromised in maintaining a diverse and free from discrimination working environment where everyone is treated with respect. Employment is based on an individual’s merit and qualifications, directly related to job competence.

These principles are included in all aspects of employment: recruiting, hiring, training, compensation and benefits, and promotion.