Senior Optomechanical Engineer

Simera Sense is fast becoming a leading mid to high-resolution earth observation camera supplier for CubeSats and small satellites. Our optical payload products aim to offer complete space imaging solutions for small satellites with plans to expand. We are a fast-growing, dynamic team of enthusiastic engineers that supplies space and satellite companies from around the globe. We are looking forward to receiving your CV. 

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Optomechanical Engineer to join our dynamic team. The candidate will be tasked with the architectural design, evaluation, integration and test support of electro-optical imaging systems in spaceborne applications such as CubeSats. The successful candidate will need the ability to merge numerous and multi-physics design requirements into a single instrument and subsequently collaborate with mechanical and electronic engineers and designers. Previous experience designing optical payloads is a must, and having very high attention to detail and a passion for success. The successful candidate can expect to be immersed in a fast-paced, team-based, and challenging technical environment, which offers the opportunity to push the boundaries of what is achievable with optical payloads in the CubeSat domain.

Key Responsibilities

  • Generating design requirements and performing the detailed design of high precision optomechanical systems
  • Creating detailed, high tolerance, optical and optomechanical drawings
  • Researching and selecting COTS/custom materials and components as required by the design
  • Managing the manufacturing of the optomechanical systems
  • Designing the assembly and integration processes for the designed optomechanical systems
  • Assist with assembly, integration and testing to qualify newly developed systems
  • Generating technical design documentation, ICD and test reports
  • Creating integration documentation, assembly instructions, BOM’s for newly developed systems before handing them over to the production team
  • Providing technical support to production, sales, and marketing teams

Required Skills

  • 5 to 10+ years of engineering experience
  • Highly experienced in optics and optomechanics
  • Knowledge and experience of electro-optical payload design
  • Experience guiding a conceptual design through the development phases from requirements generation through to production, qualification and testing
  • Experience with assembly, integration and testing of optomechanical systems using optical alignment instrumentation and optomechanical best practices
  • Experience working with CAD, generating detailed optical and optomechanical drawings
  • Proficient in generating technical documentation such as design documentation, ICD and test documentation
  • Very high attention to detail with the ability to execute tasks accurately and in a timely fashion
  • Have the ability to work independently, as well as within a multi-disciplined team
  • Willing to share expertise and train, other employees
  • Sounds understanding of finite element analysis and interpreting results
  • Experience with Siemens Teamcenter and NX software is advantageous
  • Familiarity with optical design software such as Zemax is advantageous

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Optomechanical Engineering or related
  • Desired: Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Optomechanical Engineering or related

What we offer

  • The opportunity to work in the fast-growing space industry 
  • Niche global market for optical payloads for microsatellites 
  • Cutting edge technology at your fingertips 
  • A competitive salary 
  • A friendly working environment with free coffee and regular company braai’s. 


Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa

Job Category: Mechanical Engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Somerset West (South Africa)

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