EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Systems Engineer for Space Missions (multiple positions)
Job Req ID: 17441
Closing Date: 31 May 2023 23:59 CET/CEST
Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Directorate: Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality
Publication: Internal & External
Vacancy Type: Permanent
Date Posted: 17 May 2023
Vacancy in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.
This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale
ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Systems Engineer in the Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section (TEC-SYE), Systems Engineering Division (TEC-SY), Systems Department (TEC-S), Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
Our team and mission
Within a multicultural and dynamic team of approximatively 30 systems engineers, the Section is involved in the following areas:
- Systems engineering support for space missions by the various directorates of ESA (Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes, Space Transportation, Earth Observation Programmes, Navigation, Science, Operations, and Telecommunications and Integrated Applications);
- Feasibility and early phase studies of future ESA missions using the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF);
- Technology research and development (R&D) activities targeting strategic fields of systems, concurrent engineering, digitalisation and MBSE, Clean Space, eco-design, and augmented/virtual reality;
- Contribution to the evolution of systems engineering standards.
You are encouraged to visit the following websites:
- CDF: https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Engineering_Technology/CDF
- Systems Engineering Division: https://technology.esa.int/division/systems-engineering-division
If selected for this position, you will report to the Head of Section. Within the technical fields described above, you will have the following principal tasks and responsibilities:
Supporting ESA projects and programmes:
- in the area of systems engineering, digitalisation, MBSE and Clean Space;
- throughout all the project phases.
Participating in concurrent engineering activities at the CDF:
- Designing ESA future missions;
- Conducting and/or leading feasibility studies in the role of Systems Engineer and/or Team Leader;
- Proposing, developing and encouraging new applications of the concurrent engineering approach.
Contributing to R&D and technology development:
- Defining, initiating and managing R&D activities;
- Supporting the definition of work plans for R&D for the formulation and implementation of the ESA technology strategy.
- Contributing to the promotion of systems and concurrent engineering across ESA and to ESA’s partners;
- Contributing to the capture and transfer of knowledge and lessons learned across the Agency;
- Contributing to the evolution of systems engineering standards.
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Project support experience in a relevant domain and – in particular – in systems engineering
Spacecraft systems design
Systems engineering, in particular in the early project phases
System engineering and understanding of system requirements and interfaces
Management of industrial activities including reviews
Experience with Space Engineering Standards and their preparation and implementation
A master’s in engineering or physics is required.
The following is required:
- Solid background in space mission and systems design;
- At least 5 years of experience in systems engineering applied to space projects;
- The ability to work independently and establish excellent working relations within the Agency and with external partners and industries.
Knowledge of the following technical domains would be an asset:
- Technical domains interfacing with your own area of responsibility;
- Model-based systems engineering methodologies and tools;
- Clean Space domains (such as de-orbiting technologies, design for demise, eco-design, etc.);
- Concurrent engineering processes and application to mission feasibility studies.
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework
For further information please visit: Professionals
, What we offer
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.
At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia 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 or balanced 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 conducted by an external background screening service.
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.
- Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.