Thermal Control Engineer InternshipArchangel

Oxford, GB 11-05-2023

Are you an engineering or physics student looking to put your skills to use in a Thermal Control Engineering Internship?

Joining Archangel Lightworks, you will be responsible for the development of an active thermal control system for a market-leading optical communication terminal.

Join us and you will be working with a fun, experienced, and forward-thinking space engineering team to deliver transformative free-space lasercom solutions to help solve some of Earth’s most critical problems, from economic inclusion to climate change. But that’s not all! We work extensively with aerospace primes, space agencies and specialist research partners which will provide you with exposure to cutting-edge technologies and exciting challenges, all in a fast-paced, supportive startup environment. You will be an integral part of a growing team which has already won international prizes and awards including having completed the Catalyst Accelerator which is backed by the US Air Force, Space Force and Microsoft.

The Role:

We are passionate about innovation and driven to improve humanity’s communications infrastructure. Many components used in optical communications have strict temperature limits that if exceeded, can directly impact system performance. To support our growth, we are looking for an Engineering or Physics student or graduate focusing on mechanical/electrical disciplines to deliver a modular thermal control system for use in optical ground terminals.

What will you be responsible for?

As a Thermal Control Intern, your responsibilities will include:

Requirement Definition:

  • Generation of Subsystem Requirements
  • Definition of Requirement verification criteria.

Design and Simulation:

  • Simulation study of thermal environment under various load cases (e.g Matlab/Python).
  • Subsystem Design

Assembly Integration and Testing:

  • Subsystem prototype assembly.
  • Subsystem Integration with physical thermal model.
  • Testing to verify design compliance with requirements.


  • Project Plan
  • Simulation Study Results
  • AIT Report
  • Assembly Procedure
  • Bill of Materials.


  • Engineering or Physics student or graduate
  • Basic Understanding of Thermodynamics
  • Experience with Arduino or similar µC (C/C++) programming
  • Familiarity with Matlab/Python
  • Familiarity with electrical test equipment (Bench PSUs/Digital Multimeter)
  • Familiarity with quality assurance and testing procedures

Nice to have skills:

  • Directly relevant experience implementing thermal control systems
  • Single Board Computer Experience
  • Familiarity with quality assurance and testing procedures

Compensation & Perks

  • The opportunity to make a measurable difference in a growing startup building cutting edge technology to support a world-changing vision
  • Flexibility: Options for flexible working hours, working from home and custom arrangements that matter to you
  • Competitive compensation, alongside pension contribution and annual leave allowance
  • Investment in you to help you grow, with training resources and budget
  • A supportive team culture with high levels of ownership and responsibility
  • Annual team retreat, regular socials and weekly team lunch
  • A variety of additional perks including goodies, shopping discounts, learning and wellbeing app subscriptions.

Further information

The internship will take place over the summer for a minimum of 8 weeks with flexibility to extend. Salary will be £24,000 annual equivalent, pro-rated to duration of the internship. You will be based at our Oxford HQ in Osney Mead, with the possibility to work from home.


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