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System Engineer for Exploration Scenario (M/F) - SE-SERV-2017-03-ESTEC-001

About us

Space Applications Services NV/SA 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 post-holder will support the Head of the Future Exploration Systems Section in the following activities:
• Provide system engineering support to the preparation of future lunar and exploration missions with a special emphasis on on-board GNC systems for autonomous rendezvous /capture /docking operations and/or planetary entry, descent, landing and ascent vehicles
• Support to early feasibility and definition studies for future lunar and exploration missions; involving mission and system requirements analysis, performance analysis of GNC contribution to system performances, GNC conceptual definition and trade-off studies with respect to feasibility and technology
• Participation in the evaluation of industrial proposals and project reviews
• Review, evaluation and checking of industrial contractor’s GNC designs; identification of design deficiencies and problem areas and assistance in their resolution
• Support to other system engineering disciplines e.g. propulsion , thermal control within the Future Exploration Systems Section where the Contractor expertise can be brought to bear
• Contribution to the elaboration of new activities in the area of GNC technologies in close relation with D-TEC.

Qualifications and Experience

The candidate should have the following profile:
• Several years of system engineering experience with a strong GNC background at system level i.e. direct participation in the design and development of complex GNC systems such as for autonomous rendezvous/capture/docking operations and/or planetary entry, descent, landing and ascent vehicles;
• Familiarity with other space system engineering disciplines such as propulsion and thermal control would be an asset;
• Knowledge in future lunar and exploration missions and related enabling technologies is also an asset;
• Ability to effectively work in a team environment and to follow a proactive attitude to solving problems.

Candidates are also expected to have following skills:

• Ability to cope with pressure
• Ability to synthesise, summarise and draw conclusions
• Fluency in English
• High level of flexibility
• Ability to work in multicultural teams
• Good organization and communication skills
• A proactive approach, with initiative and ability to work independently
• Problem-solving attitude.

What Do We Offer?

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.
We are looking for someone to start as of 1st June 2017.


Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Name : Olivier Lamborelle
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