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System 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: 2020-12-01

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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.

System Engineer,

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

This position forms part of ESA's Advance Recruitment Scheme which is established to provide appropriate staffing resources when requirements materialise.

Appointments are therefore made for an initial duration of two years upon which you may be appointed to a permanent post at the Agency. 

ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands  


Systems Engineer in the CubeSat Systems Unit, Projects Office, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The CubeSat Systems Unit is responsible for the project management and system engineering of CubeSat satellite missions for technology in-orbit demonstration implemented within the Directorate.

The Unit also provides technical support to Programme Directorates as required in the area of CubeSat Systems.


You will report to the Head of Unit and, within the technical areas described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

• managing and participating in the System team for the Unit’s in-orbit demonstration CubeSat projects in all phases;
• providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in System Engineering for in-orbit demonstration and CubeSat systems throughout all project phases;
• participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluations of procurement proposals;
• contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s Technology Programmes;
• initiating and managing R&D activities covering long- and short-term needs in CubeSat systems for in-orbit demonstration;
• monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends in CubeSat systems and technologies, and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise.

Duties may also include supporting other activities within your area of competence.

Technical competencies
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Project support experience in a relevant domain
Spacecraft systems knowledge
Hands-on hardware experience
Understanding of and practical experience with related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Experience in managing and monitoring industrial activities, participation in reviews
Behavioural competencies
Customer Focus
Innovation & Creativity
Problem Solving
Planning & Organisation

A Master's degree in aerospace engineering or a major scientific discipline.

Additional requirements

Experience in space projects, including a background in spacecraft system or subsystem design, engineering and verification aspects;

Specific knowledge of CubeSat systems & related miniaturised technologies, technology demonstration projects and industrial experience;
Knowledge and experience in design, development and verification of avionics, including AOCS/GNC/FDIR functions, preferably for CubeSats, would be an asset.

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 1 December 2020.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please 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 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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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