The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) is a world-leading satellite provider that offers a complete suite of nano-, micro-, and small satellites – including high-performance, low-cost CubeSats – that satisfy the needs of a broad range of mission types from 3 to 500 kilograms. Dating from 1998, SFL’s heritage of on-orbit successes includes over 70 satellites and distinct missions related to Earth observation, atmospheric monitoring, ship tracking, communication, radio frequency (RF) geolocation, technology demonstration, space astronomy, solar physics, space plasma, and other scientific research.
The incumbent will have a leading role in the research, design and development of flight software which operates onboard SFL’s satellites, and in the continual improvement of software development and validation processes.
The Research Associate – Limited Term (Flight Software) position will:
- Architect, develop, and maintain flight software to run on board SFL’s satellites, such as:
- Custom embedded bootloaders, operating systems, device drivers, and application software for SFL’s flight computers and other satellite units.
- Embedded device drivers and application software for Linux based CPUs and Systems on Chip (SOCs).
- Support testing and debugging of software and hardware at the unit level and at the system level.
- Support the implementation and maintenance of automated build machines and hardware-in-the-loop regression test setups.
- Work with engineering teams across multiple disciplines to understand, derive, and document software requirements leading to the successful implementation of space missions.
- Expand on existing processes to recommend, implement, and monitor organizational software development and verification practices, to address SFL’s rapidly growing code base and project diversity.
- Research new technologies and new applications for spacecraft and ground station software.
- Publish results through conferences and journal papers.
- Assist with the supervision of graduate students doing research on spacecraft computer development.
- PhD or equivalent combination of a degree and experience in relevant technical field.
- A minimum of 3 years of industrial or post-graduate experience in the relevant technical field
- Experience with design and implementation of real-time systems
- Familiarity with lab test equipment, such as power supplies, multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.
- Previous exposure to or experience interfacing with FPGAs is an asset
- C and C++, familiarity with Modern C++ is an asset
- Python, and other scripting languages and tools
- Build tools, e.g. Makefile, CMake, etc.
- Source control tools, e.g. SVN, Git
- Embedded software development
- Linux kernel and device driver development
- Bare-metal/RTOS on ARM devices
- Familiarity with ARM ISA, including ARMv8
- Other microcontroller architectures
- Good understanding of multi-threading and synchronization primitives
- Familiarity with various communications protocols
- Ability to read and interpret electronic schematics for the purpose of writing and debugging software
- Understanding of Windows and Linux network stack is an asset
Note: This is a one year term position with the possibility of extension. Posting will remain open until filled.
Closing Date: 05/25/2022,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant – Term
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 — Research Associates (Limited Term): $46,819 – $87,785
Job Category: Information Technology (IT)
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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