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Paid Summer Internships - PicoSatellite Project [Applications Closed]

Summer Placement Description

The Department of Electronic Systems Engineering of the University of Malta is seeking to engage students to work with its Astrionics Research Group - to assist with the development of various subsystems that will form part of Malta's first Satellite. The miniaturized device is planned to launch after 2018 and during the development phase will require substantial engineering effort in a wide range of engineering domains, both mechanical and electrical. A number of investigations will be conducted to assess the ruggedness and suitability of various commercial off the shelf components for the space environment. A number of subsystems will also need to be calibrated and properly characterized. Substantial design may be required.

The placement is planned to take place over the first 11 weeks of the Summer months and will involve a sizable team of like-minded engineers and students collaborating for this ambitions goal. The development team will be hosted at the Faculty of Engineering Laboratories and will be guided by lecturers, warranted engineers, technical staff and postgraduate students. Materials and facilities will be provided.

Skills Gained and Learning Opportunities

The placement offers a unique opportunity to be part of the first Maltese team to ever aim this high. The challenges will be great, but so will the rewards. High quality learning opportunities are guaranteed in a wide range of engineering disciplines such as electronics, design for reliability and system modelling. The work is highly practical and is entirely applied and will provide the student with a flavour of the research environment. Soft skills will include team work and project management. The project will more than embellish a student's CV. This project will also provide you with high value supervised practical experience, thereby improving your eligibility for obtaining the engineering warrant (as well as a degree plus credit).

Total Number of Hours

6 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 11 weeks = 330 Hours 

Period of Placement

Start:  3 July 2017
End:  15 September 2017


€6.10 per hour for successful candidates (> €2000 in total)

Student Requirements

Any 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Engineering or ICT students may apply for this placement, including those majoring in Communications, Computer, Electrical or Mechanical engineering. Interested electronics engineering students must have a strong background in analogue or digital design as well as PCB design. Control Engineering and Power electronics students will also be provided with some interesting challenges in space engineering. Mechanical engineering students must have an active interest in any of the following areas: 3D modelling, Computer Aided Design, Thermal modelling, 3D printing and/or metal machining in order to prototype parts. Students must be able to learn new concepts quickly and should feel comfortable working with advanced software. An interest in designing systems and components for high reliability would be an important asset for anyone on this project.

Preferred Student Skills

The following skills and experience would be considered an asset:

Electrical: PCB design, Microcontrollers, RF Electronics, Power electronics, Matlab, or electronic simulation

Mechanical: Autodesk Inventor, Ansys, Thermal design, Vibration modelling, or thermo-mechanical modelling

ICT: Embedded Systems, C++, C# or Matlab.

How to apply

When you click on APPLY for this placement you will be directed to an email message which you may edit as your cover letter. If this does not work for you, be sure to follow the following instructions:

  1. Edit the email as your covering letter or attach your covering letter
  2. Change Subject line to "Placement Application: Astrionics Internship (#312521)"
  3. Attach your CV
  4. Ensure that the email is addressed directly to the email of the ‘Host Organisation Contact Person’, linked below.
  5. Keep the DegreePlus Office in copy ( in the application email, and
  6. You are also to keep the DegreePlus Office informed of any positive feedback received from the research group.

Contact Person at Host Organisation

Dr Ing. Marc Anthony Azzopardi
Astrionics Research Group
Department of Electronic Systems Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Room 329, Engineering Building
University of Malta, Msida

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