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Telecom Satellite Payload Engineer

Noordwijk-Binnen | Of | Industry

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk-Binnen | Of | Industry
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-01


Vacancy in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.


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 is a non-renewable post for a limited duration of 4 years and is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


This opportunity is open for the specific needs of a National Project. Accordingly, the external candidate selected for this post will continue to be considered an external candidate for the purposes of any future applications to the Agency.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands , with possibility of full or part time residency in Industry during part of the duration of the project


You will work on the activities related to the Greek National Satellite Space Project for which ESA is providing technical support.

The project is part of the nation’s Recovery and Resilience Facility plans, which aim to enhance Greece’s capabilities in satellite technologies and applications, and to empower the country to exchange satellite data. 


You will report to the System Manager and you will be responsible for monitoring the design, development, integration and test of the satellite (RF and/or optical and/or Quantum) payload as well as corresponding ground terminals, when applicable. You will also be responsible for monitoring development of the payload concept and the resulting overall payload design and architecture, with the objective to achieve the required payload performance at system level.


•    Monitoring development of the system level payload concept and the resulting overall payload design and architecture;
•    Monitoring design, development, integration and test of the payload;
•    Monitoring payload accommodation and interfaces to the platform;
•    Monitoring design, development, integration and test of the ground terminals, when applicable;
•    Monitoring payload (and ground terminal when applicable) procurement activities;
•    Monitoring development of all validation models at equipment and payload level;
•    Monitoring development of the necessary MGSE/EGSE for the payload to perform the payload and satellite integration and test activities;
•    Supporting definition, preparation and execution of the payload and satellite level tests including environmental (TVAC, Mechanical) and In-Orbit Tests;
•    Supporting preparation of the operational procedures;
•    Monitoring schedule for the payload level activities;
•    Identifying potential risks associated with payload activities and proposing appropriate risk mitigation measures;
•    Coordinating, together with the Product Assurance manager, the implementation of ESA expertise to support payload activities.


You will be working in a cross-functional team which spans across the departments of the Directorate and which is supported by technical experts from within the matrix structure. You will also be interfacing closely with the various project teams as well as the related industrial teams.

Technical competencies

Experience in the design, development, testing and operation of optical on-board payloads and ground terminals
Experience with industrial procurement, design, development and verification processes
Multi-disciplinary and comprehensive knowledge of & experience with space system design, development, verification/testing, launch and in-orbit validation
Knowledge of & experience with PA standards and their application in space projects
Complex project risk management processes
Knowledge of RF and/or optical and/or Quantum payload concepts, payload communication technology and their realisation via spaceborne applications

Behavioural competencies

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


A Master’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline is required.

Additional requirements

•    Strong problem-solving skills, with a pragmatic approach, to deal with day-to-day operational challenges; 
•    Strong results orientation with the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions, together with demonstrated planning and organisational skills;
•    The ability to summarise complex information and have good communication skills, both verbal and written;
•    The ability to work effectively in an international team environment;
•    Experience in working in complex space programmes up to launch and in-orbit testing is desirable, preferably in telecommunications;
•    Direct experience of working with a commercial telecommunication’s prime contractor and/or operator will be a distinct advantage. Experience with ESA’s Partnership Projects would be an asset.


You have experience in working in a cross-functional team and in promoting innovation through a creative collaboration process.

​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.   


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 at [email protected].


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 and Slovenia.


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. 


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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