EO System Engineer

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands Location: Application deadline: 2 July 2024 Reference number: 2121
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Are you looking for a new opportunity to take your career to a higher orbit? To join an international group with a successful track record in Space Engineering? A job adapted to your career ambitions and in which you could have an impact for the years to come?

On behalf of ESA, we are looking for an EO System Engineer to work at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to support system engineering activities for the Future Missions and Instruments Division (EOP-8M) for Mission and System Studies.

About the client and location

The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) base in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. As ESA’s largest test centre, it is responsible for the majority of space technology and spacecraft development through varying phases of production.

Tasks and activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Support the definition and monitoring of activities for the preparation of future ESA Earth Observation (EO) missions, in particular for Copernicus Sentinels, new Earth Explorer/Earth Watch missions, Opportunity Missions, F-sats and Scout missions and operational meteorology missions.
  • Provide system engineering support to InCubed missions.
  • Review Technical Notes and actively participate to progress meetings and reviews related to EO future mission and system studies.
  • Support elaboration of SoWs, system requirements documents (SRD) and other applicable and reference documents for future mission and system studies.
  • Contributing to ensure the technical coherency of the system design of future EO missions, including, as needed, functional analysis and design, overall system concept, system level budgets, system performance analyses, definition of spacecraft and/or payload subsystems and related data processing, and interfaces between payload/platform and launcher and ground segment.
  • Perform internal studies for future EO missions, in particular to assess the results of external activities or to prepare the formulation of new mission concepts, including preliminary sizing of platform/payload, first estimation of the system engineering and performance budgets, with a focus on the space segment and its interfaces with the launcher and the ground segment.
  • Perform internal studies to evaluate the complementarity between ESA EO future missions and other missions (existing or planned by other space organizations), including mission analysis and assessment of potential synergy or overlap of mission capabilities.
  • Support work in the area of modelling of system or sub-system aspects for end-to-end performance simulation and system engineering tools for future EO missions.

Skills and experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in a relevant technical or scientific field (e.g. Space system engineering).
  • At least 4 years proven experience in System engineering.
  • Good general knowledge of ESA Earth Observation missions.
  • Strong and demonstrated background in space system engineering and mission analysis, in particular for Earth Observation missions.
  • Experience in space projects, preferably in the Earth Observation field and/or in preparatory activities (phase 0 and A).
  • Experience with simulation tools: Matlab or Python, MS Excel with VBA.
  • Good communication and technical writing skills with capabilities to synthesize.
  • Good organization skills.
  • Methodical and proactive, with initiative and capability to work autonomously.
  • Problem-solving and creativity-oriented attitude.
  • Desire to work both autonomously and as part of a team, in an international multicultural environment.
  • Solution oriented mindset, with a customer focused communication skill.
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills and experience would be highly desirable:

  • Experience in space system design, mission analysis and small platform sizing.
  • Knowledge of Earth Observation remote sensing techniques.
  • Experience with STK.
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