Optical Engineer

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands Location: Application deadline: 3 July 2024 Reference number: 2122
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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 Optical Engineer to work at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. In this role, you will collaborate with some of the brightest minds in the field, contributing to cutting-edge optical instrumentation projects that will define the future of space missions. This is your chance to be at the forefront of technological innovation, making a difference in an environment that values your expertise and creativity.

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:

  • Follow-up on optical instrument design aspects and support to the development of optical subsystems.
  • Provision of expert technical support to ESA projects and studies for the development of optical space instrumentation throughout all project phases.
  • Definition and review of all optical system engineering aspects, including requirements, both at system and subsystem level, internal and external interfaces, and engineering budgets.
  • Participation in project reviews.
  • Evaluation of procurement proposals.
  • Contribution to design/optical-related performance improvement by identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution.
  • Development of mathematical models and simulations of optical instruments.
  • Definition and follow-up of instrument on-ground test and calibration activities and of in-orbit commissioning.
  • Contribution to lab activities.

Skills and experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • PHD or master’s degree or equivalent in Physics or Optical Engineering or a relevant field.
  • At least 4 years proven experience in optical Engineering.
  • Project and/or industrial experience in the design, engineering and testing of various types of optical instrumentation.
  • Good working knowledge of ZEMAX and/or CODE V (and preferably also ASAP).
  • Hands-on experience in optical manufacturing techniques, alignment and tolerancing.
  • 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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