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Systems Security Engineer

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed


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  



Systems Security Engineer in the Systems Security Engineering Section (TEC-ESS), Radio Frequency Systems Technology Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
The Systems Security Engineering Section, in full respect of and in compliance with the ESA Security Framework, covers the security engineering processes, techniques and technologies relating to the security of systems from end-to-end, the subsystems, the elements and equipment contributing or implementing specific detection/mitigation and protection measures, the analysis and methodology for vulnerability and risk assessments, and the accreditation and certification processes and standards, including system design tools and equipment. 


If selected for this position, you will report to the Head of Section and your main tasks and responsibilities will include: 

•    providing cross-functional systems security engineering support and expertise to various ESA projects, space missions, and studies, in the field of (cyber) security;
•    contributing to the definition of system security architecture and security requirements for ESA projects/missions; 
•    acting autonomously as a Technical Officer for research and development activities in the field of (cyber) security; 
•    participating actively (with hands-on capabilities) in security assessment activities in a lab environment or as part of a project; 
•    participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals in the field of (cyber) security;
•    contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes in the field of (cyber) security;
•    fostering new security application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures in the field of security;
•    participating in the follow-up of industrial contracts related to the procurement of expertise, technology development, laboratory tools, equipment, etc;
•    monitoring applicable technological trends in the field of (cyber) security and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise;
•    contributing to dissemination of the results of activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency in the field of (cyber) security;
•    acting as Primary Project/System Security Officer, providing expertise in support of the TEC Information Security Officer (ISO) for implementation of the ESA Security Framework, and becoming one of the primary focal points for security matters in the Directorate.

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

Technical competencies

Strong background and specific working experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Hands-on experience in cyber security
Very good knowledge of security architectures, network security and communication systems
Very good knowledge of networking protocols
Very good knowledge of security hardening guidelines and security best practices
Good knowledge on applied cryptography
Good knowledge and experience on vulnerability assessment and risk assessment

Behavioural competencies

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


A Master’s degree in cyber security, computer security, computer science, telecommunications engineering, or aerospace engineering is required for this post.

Additional requirements

Knowledge of space protocols (e.g. CCSDS) is beneficial. 
Experience in space systems engineering is a plus.
Security certificates (e.g. SANS/GIAC, CISSP) are a plus.  

Applicants must be eligible for security clearance by their national security administration.

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


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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