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System and Applications Engineer


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Darmstadt
  • Grade: Mid level - A2/A4 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: Closed



System and Applications Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  18561
Closing Date:  16 April 2024 23:59 CET/CEST
Establishment:  ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany
Directorate:  Directorate of Operations
Publication:  Internal & External
Vacancy Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  26 March 2024


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. 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.


ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany  



System and Applications Engineer in the Ground Segment Architecture, Data & AI Section (OPS-GAA) of the System and Applications Engineering Division in the Ground Systems Engineering and Innovation Department, Directorate of Operations. 

The Ground Segment Architecture, Data & AI Section (OPS-GAA) is responsible for the management of systems and support activities required for ground segment software architecture, data architecture and artificial intelligence systems.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • the definition, development, maintenance, sustaining and evolution of a ground segment-wide data architecture and data governance and the associated operational platform. This includes:
    • elaboration of the architecture system requirements and the associated data governance in cooperation with the operational users and multi-mission system owners;
    • production of the software requirements specifications;
    • definition and monitoring of the related industrial procurement contracts;
    • acceptance of deliveries;
    • collection and, wherever meaningful, implementation of feedback from users of the multi-mission system as clients of the platform;
    • application of appropriate configuration management to the deployed platform;
    • support to the users as required by the various operational phases;
    • management and provision of the user support and maintenance services relating to the data architecture platform;
    • management and provision of the training services relating to the use of the data architecture platform;
  • the provision of integration, validation and operational support services relating to ground segment architecture, data architecture and artificial intelligence, including the exploitation of cloud-native data platforms, architecture and technology;
  • undertaking research, technology development activities, experimentation in the laboratory, pre-development and in-orbit demonstration in related fields to bring innovation in the area of ground segment architecture, data architecture and artificial intelligence for the benefit of missions and projects; 
  • promoting the adoption of innovative concepts, technologies and standards in the area of ground segment architecture, data architecture and artificial intelligence.

Technical competencies

Digital engineering, particularly the application of model-based system engineering technology and approaches
Cloud-native system design, with a strong background in cloud-based system build, use and execution
Data governance and management frameworks and execution approaches
Data-centric architecture, including the associated security aspects and approaches
Broadly understood AI and BI techniques, with a strong background in value-driven use case definition and data visualisation techniques and, preferably, expert knowledge of Power BI

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement 
Forward Thinking


A Master's degree in a relevant domain is required for this post.

Additional requirements

A background or experience in space system ground segment architecture, particularly space mission operations processes, including the associated tooling, technologies and standards, would be an additional asset.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

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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.     

Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations.

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


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 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. 


In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.


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