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Research Associate (One Year Term) - Operations Software, 2 positions

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Research Associate (One Year Term) - Operations Software, 2 positions

Date Posted: 11/03/2021
Req ID: 19285
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Institute for Aerospace Studies
Campus: University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies


The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) is a world-leading satellite provider that offers a complete suite of nano-, micro-, and small satellites – including high-performance, low-cost CubeSats – that satisfy the needs of a broad range of mission types from 3 to 500 kilograms. Dating from 1998, SFL’s heritage of on-orbit successes includes over 70 satellites and distinct missions related to Earth observation, atmospheric monitoring, ship tracking, communication, radio frequency (RF) geolocation, technology demonstration, space astronomy, solar physics, space plasma, and other scientific research.

The incumbent will have a leading role in the research, design and development of operations software used by ground operators for day-to-day operations of satellites, and the backbone software used to establish communications between the Mission Operations Centers (MOCs) and the ground stations. The candidate would also participate in the continual improvement of software development and validation processes.

The Research Associate – Limited Term (Operations Software) position will:

  • Architect, develop, and maintain mission operations software, running in Mission Operations Centers (MOCs).
  • Architect, develop, and maintain backbone software for linking MOCs with ground stations containing radio telecommunications equipment for transmitting to and receiving from satellites on-orbit.
  • Architect, develop, and maintain other ground-based tools relating to all aspects of design, development, and operations of satellites.
  • Support the implementation and maintenance of automated build machines and regression test setups
  • Work with engineering teams across multiple disciplines to understand, derive, and document software requirements leading to the successful implementation of space missions.
  • Expand on existing processes to recommend, implement, and monitor organizational software development and verification practices, to address SFL’s rapidly growing code base and project diversity.
  • Research new technologies and new applications for operations software.
  • Publish results through conferences and journal papers.
  • Assist with the supervision of graduate students doing research on spacecraft computer development.



  • PhD or equivalent combination of a degree and experience in relevant technical field.


  • A minimum of 3 years of industrial or post-graduate experience in the relevant technical field


  • C and C++, familiarity with Modern C++ is an asset
  • Python, and other scripting languages and tools
  • Build tools, e.g. Makefile, CMake, etc.
  • Source control tools, e.g. SVN, Git
  • Application development for Windows and Linux
  • GUI application development using tools such as Microsoft MFC and Qt
  • Understanding and experience with Linux and Windows networking stack, and network application development
  • Knowledge of databases is an asset

Note: This is a one year term position with the possibility of extension. Posting will remain open until filled.

Closing Date: 04/27/2022,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $46,819 - $87,785
Job Category: Engineering / Technical

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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