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.
A master's degree in engineering or science is required.
You should have at least three years’ experience in system engineering. Experience in human spaceﬂight will be an asset.
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.
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*. (https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/careers/NationalityTargets.pdf)
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.