Power Management Engineer
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 post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.
ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Power Management Engineer in the Power Management and Distribution Section, Power Systems, EMC & Space Environment Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
The Power Management and Distribution Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) in the fields of power management and distribution for space applications, be they primary or secondary, platform or payload. In particular, the Section covers power system design, power and energy budget assessment, power conditioning and distribution design and technology, analogue electronics for power systems, control of power systems, digital control of power systems, sensing techniques and high-voltage technology and design. Within these domains of competence, the Section is responsible for:
• defining, promoting and implementing, in line with anticipated technology trends and project needs, the Section’s contributions to ESA technology programmes and R&D activities;
• coordinating, where applicable, the requirements of technology elements in the Section’s domain of competence with the overall requirements of systems being developed under the responsibility of other D/TEC areas;
• maintaining state-of-the-art expertise, by executing the yearly plan for Technical Assessment and related hands-on activities, keeping roadmaps up to date and driving the periodic harmonisation exercise in the Section’s domain of expertise, as well as by driving selected technology activities of specific importance for the Section or the Division and supporting the definition of European standards related to the Section’s domain of competence;
• ensuring the development, maintenance and evolution of the engineering tools used by the Division in support of its duties;
• coordinating the Section’s laboratory activities with the Energy Storage and Power Laboratory Section to optimise the support provided by the laboratory team and ensure the proper prioritisation of tasks;
• participating in the early phase design of power systems for future space missions.
Reporting to the Head of Section 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 Power Management and Power Distribution throughout all project phases;
• participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluations 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;
• fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures;
• conducting laboratory activities as required;
• monitoring relevant 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.
Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.
A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering is required for this position.
A PhD in electrical engineering would be an asset
Experience in the design of power systems at early phase stages of space missions and the use of associated tools
Experience in power system analysis, including power and energy budget assessments
Knowledge of secondary power system analysis and verification
Knowledge of distribution system analysis and verification
Experience in DC/DC converter design and verification
Experience in power converter control
Experience in digital control and FPGA programming
Experience in the use of GaN and SiC switches for power conversion
Experience in the use of electrical simulation tools and the modelling of power conversion circuits and systems
Knowledge of power processing units (PPUs) for propulsion systems
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*. (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.
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