Recruitment Process: 

  1. Pre-Application - A list of positions/tasks the team is recruiting for is provided in the following section. Please review the list to see which positions/tasks are of interest to you.

  2. Application Submission - Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. This form allows the team to learn more about your skills and experiences. In order to gain a better understanding of your experiences, we request a cover letter and Resume/CV. Although not required for all positions/tasks, applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio with past work/relevant projects.

  3. Application Review - Following submission, MIST will review applications. Applicants of interest will be invited to attend an interview to assess compatibility for the team. Applicants may be required to submit an unofficial transcript upon request from the Principal Investigators for further assessment of candidacy.

  4. Applicant Acceptance - Successful applicants will be notified via email and given a time period to accept the offer.


Subteams currently recruiting:

CDH (Command + Data Handling)


Testing Documentation Specialist

  • Level 2+ student (or very strong Level 1 student) from engineering or science background

  • Interest in developing testing documents and procedures for hardware and software during the assembly, integration and testing phase of the project

  • Experience with organizing and creating scientific documentation

  • Experience working with hardware and/or software

Mechanical


Structural Specialist

(2 positions)

The Mechanical team is responsible for the design, manufacturing, and testing of the structure, which acts to enclose and protect the interior systems of our CubeSat. NEUDOSE is approaching the critical design phase of the project, where the CubeSat will go through a critical design review. The job of a structural specialist is to understand how the structure integrates with the rest of the systems and thus help with any troubleshooting and design changes that may be required. Structural specialists may also be required to assist with manufacturing and testing.

We are looking for people who will work effectively in a group as well as individually, who can independently seek solutions, and have the desire to drive this project to completion.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Implement structural design changes in SolidWorks

  • Research solutions for technical clashes between structure and other systems (communications, electrical power system, payload, etc..)

  • Assist with manufacturing and structural testing projects

  • Attend weekly meetings

Requirement

Enrolled in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, the Bachelor of Technology or have equivalent mechanical / CAD experience.

Preferences

  • Experience with 3D CAD design

  • Previous mechanical design experience

  • Previous manufacturing or testing experience


Thermal Design Specialist

The main purpose of the Thermal Control team is to simulate the mechanisms of heat transfer that the satellite systems will experience in Low-Earth orbit and develop a thermal model to predict the temperature profile of the CubeSat’s structural and electrical components. Given these assessments, the appropriate solutions can be implemented to prevent failures. The job of the thermal design specialist is to collaborate with the thermal simulation specialists and develop the thermal control system. This is the means to controlling the temperature profile of the interior of the satellite.

We are looking for people who will work effectively in a group as well as individually, who can independently seek solutions, and have the desire to drive this project to completion.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with simulation specialists to identify areas of concern

  • Research and implement technical solutions to identified problem areas

  • Communicate and collaborate with subsystems to implement design changes or technical solutions

  • Attend weekly meetings

Requirement

Enrolled in Engineering, Science, Integrated Science, Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences or equivalent experience

Preferences

  • Some experience with 3D CAD design

  • Understanding of electrical systems or integrated circuits

  • Knowledge of heat transfer and thermodynamics

Orbital


Details coming soon

Payload


Firmware Engineer

(3 positions)

The Payload Team is looking to hire three (3) Firmware Engineers to work on the development of embedded firmware for the CNP-TEPC instrument. The CNP-TEPC is the primary science instrument on the NEUDOSE CubeSat and will help us to understand the type and amount of radiation that astronauts are exposed to during mission to the International Space Station. The successful applicants should have the ability to work effectively in a group development environment, problem-solve effectively, and have the desire to persistently drive projects to successful completion. Since development on the CNP-TEPC instrument is nearing completion, this is your opportunity to work on the first McMaster instrument to go to space!

Main Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Development of digital pulse processing algorithms (e.g. Trapezoidal, Gaussian, and Moving Average filters)
  • Development of control algorithms (e.g. PID control) to analyze the error between a measured value and a setpoint and to ensure the system remains within limits. Example projects include:
    • Controller for a high voltage power supply to automatically and slowly (~5-10 V/s) ramp up/ramp down the output voltage to/from a predetermined setpoint.
    • Controller to adjust the output of a high voltage power supply as a function of the measured temperature
    • Controller to safely turn off a high voltage power supply when excess current draw is detected (e.g. during a short)
  • Development of communication protocols (e.g. CAN bus, SPI, UART, I2C)
  • Development of firmware for programmable devices (e.g. FPGA)
  • Simulation and hardware-in-loop (HIL) testing of firmware
Requirements
  • Enrolment in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computing and Software Engineering, or Computer Science
  • Familiar with microprocessors, microcontrollers, FPGAs, or other programmable devices
Preferences
  • Knowledge of emulator and debugging systems
  • Knowledge of Matlab and Simulink
  • Knowledge of Xilinx ISE Design Suite and Xilinx System Generator

Electrical Engineer

(3 positions)

The Payload Team is looking to hire three (3) Electrical Engineers to work on the development of the control and data acquisition electronics for the CNP-TEPC instrument. The CNP-TEPC is the primary science instrument on the NEUDOSE CubeSat and will help us to understand the type and amount of radiation that astronauts are exposed to during mission to the International Space Station. The successful applicants should have the ability to work effectively in a group development environment, problem-solve effectively, and have the desire to persistently drive projects to successful completion. Since development on the CNP-TEPC instrument is nearing completion, this is your opportunity to work on the first McMaster instrument to go to space!

Main Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Design electrical schematics and multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCB) for space flight
  • Assemble and test PCBs
  • Hardware debugging using oscilloscopes and other test equipment
  • Specify, document, and execute tests to ensure that designed electronics meet specifications Specify and document requirements for electronics systems
  • Organizing, participating in and documenting design reviews
Requirements
  • Enrolment in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computing and Software Engineering, or Computer Science
  • Good knowledge in analog and digital electronics, with emphasis on low noise amplifiers, A/D converters, high speed links (e.g. CAN, SPI, USB) and interfaces, FPGA and microcontrollers
  • Knowledgeable in Altium Designer PCB design software package
Preferences
  • Good knowledge of DC/DC power conversion electronics, heat dissipation and thermal management, current distribution and measurement, high voltages (up to 1 kV), etc.
  • Good knowledge of FPGAs and microcontrollers

Instrument Scientist

(3 positions)

The Payload Team is looking to hire three (3) Instrument Scientists to work on development and testing of the CNP-TEPC instrument. The CNP-TEPC is the primary science instrument on the NEUDOSE CubeSat and will help us to understand the type and amount of radiation that astronauts are exposed to during mission to the International Space Station.
The successful applicants should have the ability to work effectively in a group development environment, problem-solve effectively, and have the desire to persistently drive projects to successful completion.
Since development on the CNP-TEPC instrument is nearing completion, this is your opportunity to work on the first McMaster instrument to go to space!

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

The Instrument Scientists will help with testing, characterizing, and simulating various subsystem of the CNP-TEPC instrument. Examples of systems to be tested include:

  • temperature and pressure fluctuations of the instrument pressure vessel
  • gain variations as a function of high voltage bias, temperature, and pressure
  • count rate sensitivity against various threshold parameters

The Instrument Scientists will also develop the protocol that will be used for commissioning the CNP-TEPC instrument once the NEUDOSE CubeSat has been launched into orbit.

Requirements
  • Enrolment in Bachelor, Master, or Doctor of Science degree. Alternatively, Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering students may be considered
Preferences
  • General knowledge of the systems used to readout a radiation detector (e.g. preamplifiers, amplifiers, analog-to-digital converts, multi-channel analyzers, and digital processors)

Application


Please submit the following application:

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