Job Description

Vacancy in the Directorate of Operations. ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged. Post Systems Engineer This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale. Location ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands Description Systems Engineer in the Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section, Systems Engineering Division, Systems Department, Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality, assigned as Integrated Support to the ADRIOS Project for the Clean Space Office, Space Safety Programme Office, Directorate of Operations. The Clean Space Office performs system assessments and technology developments (R&D) for Eco-Design, Space Debris Mitigation, Active Debris Removal and In-Orbit Servicing (ADRIOS). Duties The candidate will initially be assigned as Integrated Support, reporting to the Head of the Clean Space Office. Main tasks and responsibilities will, within the technical fields described above and with particular focus on Active Debris Removal and In-Orbit Servicing, include the following:
    • Coordinating internal resources in support of the mission;

    • Performing risk management to minimise project risks;

    • Providing support for the project manager’s activities, as needed;

    • Ensuring proper implementation of the Key Performance Gates in  close liaison with the Inspector General’s Office;

    • Consolidating, maintaining and implementing system and mission requirements in close cooperation with industry;

    • Supporting industry in the consolidation of system definition, including: space segment architecture, flight operations  segment,   payload segment, and other external elements;

    • Identifying critical ADRIOS project development issues and assisting in their resolution;

    • Participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals in the areas relevant to Clean Space;

    • Defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both short- and long-term needs in the areas of concern to  Clean Space, with particular emphasis on Active Debris Removal, In-Orbit Servicing, Design for Removal;

    • Coordinating Clean Space related activities across the different relevant Agency programmes;

    • Providing technical support to Agency initiatives on Sustainable Close Proximity Operations;

    • Participating in periodic meetings and regularly liaising with the parent division, contributing to the transfer of technical knowledge and lessons learned across the Agency.

Technical competencies General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position Systems engineering experience in ADR and IOS mission studies and relevant technologies Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes Management of industrial activities including reviews Experience with Space Engineering Standards and their preparation and implementation Experience in co-engineering Experience with debris removal studies and technology development Knowledge of the main tools usable for model-based systems engineering Behavioural competencies Teamwork Communication Customer Focus Innovation & Creativity Results Orientation Planning & Organisation Education A master’s degree or equivalent qualification in engineering or physics is required. Additional requirements In addition to the above technical competences, you should have:
  • Substantial experience in the fields of System Engineering, Orbital Robotics, and GNC;

  • 5+ years’ experience in system engineering in ADR and In-Orbit Servicing mission studies and relevant technology developments;

  • A creative approach and an ability to push outside the boundaries;

  • Knowledge of European capabilities in the areas of Active Debris Removal and On-Orbit Servicing;

  • A solid background in systems engineering, concurrent engineering processes and MBSE tools;

  • An understanding of Sustainable Close Proximity Operations;

  • Knowledge of other areas within the Clean Space Office is considered an asset (Eco-Design process, Space Debris Mitigation and Design for Removal technologies);

  • Knowledge of relevant activities across the different ESA programmes is considered an asset.

Other information For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework. The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset. The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests. The closing date for applications is 10 June 2020. If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada and Slovenia. According to the ESA Convention the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States. ( In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment. Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.
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