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Spacecraft Operations Engineer (M/F) - Payload SOE (SOE-SERV-OPS-2017-01-ESOC-001)

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 family of Earth Observation missions (initially Cryosat-2 and Swarm Payloads).

The SOE will support the Spacecraft Operations Manager as a member of the Flight Control Team of a particular mission.

The position will include the following tasks and responsibilities:

• Study of Project specific Characteristics and Ground Segment Documentation
• Preparation of Functional Requirements for the Project dedicated Flight Control Software
• Participation in the Analysis and Design of Satellite Operations
• Preparation of Functional Requirements for the Project dedicated Flight Control Ground Facilities
• Preparation of Flight Control and Contingency Procedures
• Mission Management and Mission Planning Support
• On-Board Software Maintenance Support
• 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
• General Flight Control Support
• 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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