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System Engineer

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: Junior level - A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-05


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


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  



If selected for the position, your first assignment will be to work on the Sunrise project, reporting to the Project Manager. You will be responsible for the supervision of the design, procurement and related developments of the Project missions, its platforms, its payloads, the satellites and related interfaces.


•    ensuring the technical management of the space segment architecture and the design of the satellites and all related subsystems of the platforms and the payloads under Sunrise developments;
•    monitoring the coherent and cost-effective implementation of requirements from system level down to the equipment level;
•    ensuring the optimisation and completeness of the requirements applicable to the space segment architecture  and to all related subsystems, including their consistency with the satellite system specifications, and any applicable interfaces (to launcher, ground segment or user segment);
•    supervising the definition, design, development, manufacturing and AIT, as well as the in-orbit test, operations and commissioning of the Sunrise satellites;
•    supporting the end-to-end validation of the overall Sunrise systems including through the definition of satellites tests and support for verification programmes in relation to the ground segment and/or user segment, as appropriate;
•    monitoring the schedule and the risks of the project satellites and all relevant- subsystems procurement;
•    participating in Agency-level reviews at system level or in lower-level reviews;
•    coordinating with the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality’s technical team that provides specialised engineering support for Sunrise, or with other technical specialists from the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, as appropriate.

You will liaise closely and proactively with the rest of the Project teams as well as with other colleagues within the Telecommunications Satellite Programmes Department, in particular for the creation of new CM22 Projects.

Technical competencies

Multi-disciplinary and comprehensive knowledge of & experience with space system design, development, verification/testing, launch and in-orbit validation
Experience with industrial procurement, design, development and verification processes
Knowledge of & experience with PA standards and their application in space projects
Complex project risk management processes

Behavioural competencies

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


A master’s degree in engineering or physics is required.

Additional requirements

•    strong problem-solving skills, with a pragmatic approach to dealing with day-to-day operational challenges; 
•    strong result 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 demonstrate 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 the telecommunications field.

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 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, Lithuania, Slovakia 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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