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Internship - EAGLE-1 Key Management System Software Development

Requisition Number:  17565
Contract Type:  Internship/trainee

Betzdorf, LU


Are you looking for a 6-month internship in Engineering, starting in summer 2023 ?


Join SES with this exciting opportunity to become part of an interdisciplinary team and learn more about the telecommunications and space industry within a fast-moving global organization within an innovative and unique industry.

Under the agreement with ESA, the SES-led consortium of industry partners will design, develop and validate in-orbit technologies for space-based quantum key distribution (QKD) and operate EAGLE-1 satellite to securely connect countries in Europe. 
Under the guidance of our lead software engineer, participate in the C++ development of the EAGLE-1 Key Management System (KMS) that will manage the EAGLE-1 on-board generation and satellite distribution of optical quantum-keys. 

In this context, you will be responsible for (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • The development of C++ application for Key Management System (KMS) on the space segment and the counterpart in the ground segment;
  • The integration in target environments (ARM and x86);
  • The implementation of highly secure crypto-algorithms;
  • The support the implementation of a Ground System Equipment (GSE) to support space segment testing;
  • The implement automated functional tests and configure continuous integration pipelines;
  • Troubleshooting and bug fixing open issues.

1. You must have

  • Being an advanced Bachelor or Master’s student in ICT or in a relevant technical area;
  • Knowledge of IP networks and protocols;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Able to work in Luxembourg (EU nationality or current valid work permit for Luxembourg).


2. It would be nice if you had

  • Understanding of algorithms and data structures;
  • Hands-on experience with Linux, and C or C++ development; 
  • Excellent analytical and judgment skills;
  • Ability to set priorities and to work under tight deadlines;
  • Work independently as well as in a team;
  • Strong interest in clean coding and testing.




  • Screening and Remote Interview with our Talent Acquisition Specialists 
  • Remote Interview with your future supervisor  
  • Internship Offer 
  • Internship Agreement signature 
  • Welcome to SES! 



  • Flexible working policy 
  • Valuable, meaningful and hands-on experience 
  • A paid internship 
  • A range of wellness activities and employee assistance programmes (varies by location) 
  • An employer that values all aspects of Diversity and respects every individual’s story 


SES is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to workplace diversity & inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other characteristics protected by local, state, or federal law. 



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