Ground System Engineer

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands Location: Application deadline: 23 July 2024 Reference number: 2051
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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?

We are looking for a Ground System Engineer to work at ESTEC’s premises in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

In this role, you will support the definition, implementation and validation of the ground segment – in collaboration with the current project teams. Furthermore, you will support the preparation of the Spacecraft In-orbit Operations up to, and including, the Commissioning Phase Reviews.

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:

  • Supporting the refinement of the Ground Segment Concept within the project team.
  • Establishing and maintaining the technical and operational requirements baseline accounting for the mission specific aspects for the Flight Operations Segment and Payload Data Ground Segment.
  • Perform station’s coverage and data volume prediction assessment in support of the overall Ground Segment Concept definition
  • Defining the whole set of GS interfaces and strict monitoring of their evolutions up to GS final acceptance.
  • Contributing to the definition of the Spacecraft to Ground Segment Interfaces (Data and TT&C) and monitoring, in collaboration with the Spacecraft and AIT Manager, the proper implementation and verification of those Interfaces.
  • Coordinating deliveries of the Level 1B and Level 2 processors to the PDGS developers and follow up corresponding integration and validation tasks.
  • Monitoring the implementation of the FOS and PDGS, ensuring compatibility between the Spacecraft and the Ground Segment Elements.
  • Supporting project reviews at Satellite, GS and System levels.
  • Preparing pre-launch ground system validation activities, including the generation of test plans and test data.
  • Coordinating day-to-day pre-launch validation activities, organizing test reviews and generating reports.
  • Participating in the preparation and execution of the in-orbit system validation and verification tasks.
  • Participating in EOP ground segment reviews on other projects.

Skills and experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • PhD or MSc in Engineering from a recognized institution of secondary studies (University, Ecole supérieure, etc.) or equivalent.
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience.
  • 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.

Why should you apply?

  • You will have the opportunity to work within leading space organisations across Europe.
  • We encourage everyone to think outside the box and to push the boundaries of traditional knowledge. This role is an opportunity to join a forward-thinking company and allows for a deeper understanding of the industry.
  • To be part of a company that values integrity, inspiration, care and collaboration.
  • Benefits include: competitive remuneration packages; unique career opportunities, including working in other countries; access to training and development programmes; flexible relocation support.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, all genders, LGBTQ+ individuals and ex-service personnel.

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Myrthe Verboom


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