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Spacecraft Operations Engineer (M/F) - Data Handling SOE (SOE-SERV-OPS-2017-01-ESOC-002)

About us

Space Applications Services performs and supports system and software engineering for the European Space Agency (ESA), National Space Agencies and the aerospace industry. We are involved in international manned & unmanned spacecraft programmes, earth observation, science, exploration, communications and related technology development.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The work will be performed at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, supporting the Aeolus mission. The current Aeolus launch window is from end of November 2017 to end of January 2018. The work will accordingly cover the last period of the launch preparation, the LEOP, and the commissioning of the mission. A likely continuation during the routine phase is foreseen in case of a successful mission.

The SOE will support the Spacecraft Operations Manager as a member of the Flight Control Team of a particular mission. The primary area of responsibility for this position is the Data Handling system, including the preparation and validation of the FOP, inputs for LEOP and commissioning timeline, preparation of the remaining SVT, and contribution to the OBSM set-up and testing.

The position will include the following tasks and responsibilities:

• Study of Project specific Characteristics and Ground Segment Documentation
• Participation in the Analysis and Design of Satellite Operations
• Preparation of Flight Control and Contingency Procedures
• Mission Management and Mission Planning Support Service
• Production of Project specific Software Validation and Satellite Interface Validation Test (SVT)
• Procedures, Reports and Participation in SVTs
• Participation in the System Operations Validation Test (SOV), Training and Simulation Programmes
• Participation in Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and Mission Critical Operations
• Preparation of and Participation in the Commissioning Phase.
• General Flight Control Support Service
• Spacecraft Performance Analysis.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline and 5 years of experience in Operations Engineering activities.

Furthermore, candidates are required to have following skills:

• Good general knowledge of spacecraft systems.
• Fluency in English, both in speech and writing.
• Experience in activities applicable to spacecraft operations.
• Coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields.
• Able to work independently.
• Familiarity with operational environment, in particular the ESOC environment.
• Familiarity with satellite control systems, in particular SCOS-2000.
• Some experience dealing with external interfaces.
• Familiarity with operational simulators, especially the ones based on SimSat.
• The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities, multiple subsystems and if applicable multiple missions simultaneously.
• Familiarity with low Earth orbit satellites
• Familarity with MOIS
• Familiarity with ground stations.

The position is located on site at ESOC.

What Do We Offer?

• Working in a growing science and engineering company, with offices in Belgium, the Nertherlands and the USA
• A professional, pleasant atmosphere where autonomy and initiatives are encouraged and with various career growth opportunities
• An interesting compensation package with relocation assistance, if applicable
• A full time employment position.

Preference will be given to candidates eligible to work in the European Union or in possession of a European Blue Card.

How To Apply?

Please apply by filling in the online application form and uploading your CV and Motivation Letter (both in English) on the ‘Careers’ section of our website via the “Apply” button.

The application deadline is 20th February, 2017.


Darmstadt, Germany


Space Applications Services - Flight Operations
Name : Saliha Klaï
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