Database Engineer for Space Applications

Permanent employee, Full-time · Brunswick/Remote

Your mission
You will be a part of safeguarding space missions! Someone needs to take care of satellites not colliding with each other or with space debris – we are these people. Work with us on the first-ever collision avoidance and frequency coordination framework using the cutting edge technologies and tools the world has to offer.
So far, sustainable spaceflight, such as collision avoidance, is generally performed as externality: Mission plans are derived accounting for payload operations, ground station contacts, loading cycles etc. Interference with third-party objects (space debris, but also other operational satellites) are taken as external factors which interrupt operation plans and service delivery.

As our database engineer you will be responsible designing, building and maintaining the databases that power the heart of Okapi platform. You will also contribute to projects for national and international customers from both the private and public sector (e.g. European Space Agency, German Aerospace Center). 

Your tasks and responsibilities
  • Design, evolve, optimize and maintain a NoSQL database
  • Work closely with software engineers to make sure their solutions work as intended and in optimal way  
  • Setup monitoring and automation scripts that take care of maintenance 
  • Research database and information system concepts, weigh them against each other in the context of their intended application
  • Design, implement, deploy, configure, maintain, evolve, optimize database and information systems
Your profile
  • You are an experienced Database Engineer and can prove this experience by contribution to relevant projects during prior work
  • You have experience with NoSQL databases (like MongoDB)
  • You have a degree (B.Sc. or higher) in computer science or a related subject,
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of the concepts of different database and/or information systems and experience in handling them in operation
  • You hold a valid working permit for Germany/EU
  • Experience in an aerospace-related domain is a plus
Why us?
  • With a flat hierarchy and small working groups, you define your own way of work including flexible work hours
  • After your on-boarding time in Braunschweig, you can choose between staying in our office, working remote (within EU) or a hybrid approach
  • Quickly gain your responsibilities in the company and provide your input to shape the future of OKAPI:Orbits
  • Access to a dedicated training budget to continuously develop your skills further
  • Participate in space events and conferences, to spread the word of a sustainable space environment
  • Perks such as free drinks in the office, and monthly all-company lunches
  • Of course, we also do regular afterwork activities like laser tag, dinner, or having the occasional beer
About us
OKAPI:Orbits is an innovative German SaaS startup since 2018 dedicated to making space travel more sustainable through Collision Avoidance Software for satellites pioneering space traffic management in Europe and world-wide. The OKAPI:Orbits team envisions a safe and sustainable space environment, truly accessible to everyone. We are laser-focused on creating innovative and efficient products to enable safe and secure satellite operations and seamless ground segment integration. As experts in Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), we offer platform services based on standardized interfaces with a wide range of flexible modules to meet the specific needs of our customers.
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