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Environmental Control and Life Support and In Situ Resource Utilisation Engineer


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk-Binnen
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-14

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. 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.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands 


ECLS and ISRU Engineer in the Life Support & Physical Sciences Instrumentation Section, Mechatronics and Optics Division, Mechanical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Life Support and Physical Sciences Instrumentation Section within the Mechatronics and Optics Division focuses on instrumentation development for Microgravity Experiments and Exploration, ECLS design, engineering and verification and In Situ Resource Utilisation. It provides support to projects, preparatory programmes and technology programmes. 

Within this framework, the Life Support and Physical Sciences Instrumentation Section is among other things in charge of developing Advanced Life Support Systems, In Situ Resource Utilisation and supporting operational activities in human spaceflight. 


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


•    providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of life support systems and in situ resource utilisation throughout all project phases; 
•    participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and the evaluation of procurement proposals;
•    identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
•    contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
•    defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs;
•    supervising and coordinating the activities for regenerative life support system ground-based activities, specifically for the MELiSSA Pilot Plant;
•    supporting ground-based activities for the European Space Resources and Innovation Centre;
•    monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise;
•    contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.


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


Technical competencies

General background and experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Multi-year experience with regenerative and open loop life support systems
Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc)
Experience in managing and monitoring industrial activities, participation in reviews
Experience with in situ resource utilization processes

Behavioural competencies

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


Master’s degree in an engineering discipline relevant to the subject. Background in chemical/process engineering and experience with spaceflight project implementation.

Additional requirements

Experience in (bio)chemical process design.
Experience with energy storage and generation technologies.
Experience with In Situ resource Utilisation applications.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to theESA 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.


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 or balanced 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. 


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.

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States. ​

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