Satellite OISL (Optical Inter-Satellite Link) Systems Enginee

MDA Space
London, UK/Remote
Added: March 26, 2024
Building the space between proven and possible, MDA Space (TSX:MDA) is a trusted mission partner to the global space industry. A robotics, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 55-year+ story of world firsts and more than 450 missions, MDA Space is a global leader in communications satellites, Earth and space observation, and space exploration and infrastructure. The MDA Space team of more than 3,000 space experts in Canada, the US and the UK has the knowledge and know-how to turn an audacious customer vision into an achievable mission – bringing to bear a one-of-a-kind mix of experience, engineering excellence and wide-eyed wonder that’s been in our DNA since day one. For those who dream big and push boundaries on the ground and in the stars to change the world for the better, we’ll take you there.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We are on the hunt for an OISL (Optical Inter-Satellite Link) Systems Engineer on our systems team at our Montreal office.

As the leading global independent commercial supplier of antennas, payloads, and electronics for communication and radar satellites, our team has successfully contributed to hundreds of missions in the past 60 years. With an extensive heritage in a wide range of solutions delivered to customers globally, our Satellite Systems team continues to grow and evolve on the ground and in the stars.

We are a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you are excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we will take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.


The OISL System Engineer will support specific areas of work including the definition, managing requirements & traceability, development and testing of this sub-system within his environment with the payload and the satellite.


The OISL Systems Engineer will perform and participate in the following activities, depending on the background and experience of the candidate.

  • Define, analyse and write requirements definition and flowdown, validation matrix, design description including ensuring that the overall end-to-end design consistency.
  • Perform System level analysis
  • Support to mission analysis & requirements
  • Monitor MDA’s suppliers and integrated product team
  • Provide inputs and support to all program reviews including EQSR, SRR, PDR, CDR.
  • Attend all test reviews TRR, TRB, DRB, and NCR’s.
  • Support sub-system Assembly, Integration and Test activities.
  • Support Satellite testing: EGSE, Test supervision, data analysis
  • Support Satellite tests at MDA, at test facilities or at supplier premises.
  • Write up subsystem Operations Manual.
  • Support In-Orbit Test (IOT).

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in relevant field with 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Previous design and test experience with LEO/MEO satellites and Optical sub-systems
  • Understanding of the space environment and orbit mechanics
  • Strong understanding of aerospace system engineering fundamentals
  • Demonstrated capability to test systems and resolve problems
  • Hands-on individual who can support or systems integration processes
  • Experience with qualification and acceptance testing of new designs
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Demonstrated capability to efficiently work with little to no supervision
  • Ability to distill complex problems to fundamentals to solve with analysis, similarity, or creativity
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communications skills in English; knowledge of French will be considered favorably
  • Experience leading and coaching a technical team
  • Support the Spacecraft operations team in critical phases


Special Considerations

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

Benefits Statement

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Equal Opportunity Statement

MDA Ltd. is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodations, please indicate this on your application/cover letter and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.