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System Engineer


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk-Binnen
  • Grade: A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-16


Vacancy in the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes.


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.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  



System Engineer in the Sustaining Engineering and Maintenance Team, Engineering Team, LEO Exploration Group of the Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration (HRE) Directorate.


If selected for this position, you will report to the Sustaining Engineering and Maintenance Team Lead.


You will be part of a team responsible for maintaining the ESA infrastructure (on-orbit and ground-based) of the International Space Station (ISS). The Engineering Team supports other missions (such as the Gateway programme), and you may also support activities related to existing or future HRE programmes in coordination with the related HRE management and experts.


Your tasks will relate to the planning, execution and oversight of the engineering activities concerning the operations of the ESA ISS flight and ground-based infrastructure, systems, payloads, technology demonstrators and barter items. In the execution of these tasks, you will coordinate and work with other teams within HRE and other ESA directorates, as well as with external partners and industry.


Areas of responsibility will be assigned by the team lead to ensure coverage by the team of all elements under its responsibility.


Specific duties include:

  • fulfilling the role of engineering lead for dedicated facilities and ISS increments and acting as back-up for other technical leads as required;
  • providing integration and sustaining engineering expertise;
  • supporting mission definition with engineering assessments, directly and via industry;
  • supporting mission implementation through the definition and implementation of requirements and for troubleshooting, anomaly resolution and maintenance activities;
  • coordinating end-to-end activities for new developments, system evolutions and updates, including their transition to operations;
  • monitoring industry’s provision of services to ESA and partners;
  • assessment of new science requirements and new ISS payloads from an ISS infrastructure feasibility point of view.


The successful candidate is expected to be flexible and be able to change tasks and responsibilities as the engineering activities naturally evolve or to handle urgent situations that may arise suddenly.

Technical competencies

Experience in System Engineering
Knowledge of maintaining complex systems
Experience in mission, spacecraft and/or payload operations
Experience in crewed spaceflight operations
Experience working with other international space agencies
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position

Behavioural competencies

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


A master's degree in engineering or science is required.

Additional requirements

You should have at least three years’ experience in system engineering. Experience in human spaceflight will be an asset.

Other information

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

For further information please visit: Professionals,What we offerand FAQ  


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 email [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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