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Structures Engineer

Noordwijk-Binnen (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk-Binnen (Netherlands)
  • Grade: A2/A4 - Grade band - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-03

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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. Applications from women are encouraged.

Structures Engineer

This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands  


Structures Engineer in the Structures Section, Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division, Mechanical Department, Directorate of Technical, Engineering and Quality.

The Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) in the fields of mechanical systems, structural design and verification, manufacturing, structural dynamics and application of lightweight structures.


Reporting to the Head of Section and within the technical fields described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • participating in feasibility studies for the preparation of specifications and analysis of industrial proposals;
  • providing expert support to approved spacecraft and payload projects and conceptual and feasibility studies in relation to all aspects of mechanical systems and configuration, structural design, static and dynamic analyses, fracture control and mechanical testing;
  • identifying critical development problems, assisting in their resolution, which includes evaluating complete mechanical systems;
  • performing structural analysis as required to support development of structure subsystems;
  • participating in major reviews of spacecraft, launchers and payloads;
  • establishing and evaluating specifications for development and qualification of spacecraft system and subsystem structures with respect to defining requirements for environment-induced loads, model development philosophy and relevant verification methods;
  • participating in definition and execution of Agency standards and technology R&D programmes with special emphasis on mechanical system and configuration aspects, lightweight structures, structural dynamics and advanced structural materials technologies;
  • supporting activities on structural integrity, evaluation of loads during structure lifetime and their impact on overall verification, including establishing specifications, design, analysis, inspection and testing;
  • supporting concurrent design activities regarding mechanical systems aspects;
  • monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise;
  • contributing to the dissemination of the results of activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.

Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.

Technical competencies
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Experience in the development and verification of space hardware
Project support experience in a relevant domain
Experience with Space Engineering Standards and their preparation and implementation
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc)
Management and monitoring of industrial activities (interfaces with industry, reviews, etc)
Behavioural competencies
Continuous Learning
Innovation & Creativity
Customer Focus
Results Orientation
Planning & Organisation

A Master's degree in mechanical or aeronautical engineering is required.

Additional requirements

You should have several years’ experience in the space industry in spacecraft and payload structures and structural analysis. A good knowledge of advanced methods of structural design, development and verification (analysis and mechanical testing) of spacecraft, payload, equipment and launchers is required. Experience in concurrent engineering, spacecraft conceptual/feasibility studies and interfacing with other space system disciplines would be an asset. You should have a demonstrated ability to deal with industrial contractors in the preparation of programmes and evaluation of proposals, with experience of spacecraft/payload reviews, ideally acquired through direct involvement with spacecraft structures and mechanical systems.

Other information

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

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.

The closing date for applications is 17 March 2020.

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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 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. 

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.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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