System Engineer

Prague, Czech Republic, European Union Agency for the Space [GSA/2020/AD/012]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for the operations and service provision for the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) EGNOS and Galileo. By developing a new generation of GNSS, Europe is laying the foundation for new high-technology industry development, leading to job creation and economic growth. These European flagship space programmes, which embody what can be achieved when Europe works together, are already bringing real benefits to people and business in Europe and around the world.

The GSA is operated and supported by a multicultural team of professionals with interdisciplinary expertise working to ensure that the end-user is kept at the center of Galileo and EGNOS. We analyse, define and implement the EGNOS and Galileo exploitation phases, in compliance with the delegation agreements with the European Commission, including controlling the associated schedule, costs and risks. We oversee the EGNOS and Galileo infrastructure operations, maintenance, protection, on-going improvement and evolutions activities, through associated contracts and/or working arrangements. We also ensure all standardisation activities associated with the EGNOS and Galileo programmes and manage the operational interfaces and service provision to the EGNOS and Galileo users.

With the introduction of the new Space Regulation, expected to enter into force in 2021, it is planned to expand the Agency’s scope of activities beyond Galileo and EGNOS, to other components, such as “Copernicus” for Earth Observation, GOVSATCOM for Governmental Space Communications and Space Situational Awareness (SSA).


The System Engineer will be involved in the system and infrastructure engineering and development activities related to the exploitation of the EU GNSS and GOVSATCOM Systems deployed in various sites (e.g. Galileo/EGNOS Control Centres, Galileo Security Monitoring Centres, Service facilities) and managed by the Agency.

The System Engineer tasks and responsibilities will in principle include:
•Contribute to the technical management of the system and segment infrastructure activities;
•Support the GSA development follow up, system qualification and acceptance activities for Galileo First Generation, EGNOS V2/V3 and GOVSATCOM;
•Specify, design and follow up the evolutions of the Ground infrastructure, to be implemented by industrial contracts;
•Participate in the system engineering processes for managing requirements through the lifecycle of the system and ground segments;
•Support the technical analysis of the architecture and specifications of major upgrades of the system and ground segments, in order to ensure coherence and compatibility with the system in exploitation and identify impacts on baseline technical documentation;
•Support the definition of an overall System Integration and Verification (I&V) Programme, ensuring consistency between system and segments verification but also between verification and validation activities;
•Establish a System upgrades deployment/migration plan consistent with service continuity needs;
•Monitor the qualification status, following up anomalies resolution through the implementation of Work Arounds, fast fixes, midterm-long term correction;
•Maintain the qualification status, assessing any changes with respect to impact on system qualification;
•Verify that the system upgrades are under configuration control prior handover to operations team;
•Follow up the development of the Galileo Second Generation from the system and infrastructure point view, performed by the European Space Agency;
•Represent the GSA in the relevant boards as necessary (including but not limited to Change Control Boards, Anomaly Review Boards, Qualification Review Board, Acceptance Review Board);
•Support the GSA management as needed.



The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:
1.A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more
A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and at least one year of appropriate professional experience when the normal period of university education is three years
2.In addition to the above, appropriate professional experience of at least six years after obtaining the required diploma
3.Be a national of a Member State of the European Union
4.Be entitled to his or her full rights as citizen
5.Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service
6.Meet the character requirements for the duties involved
7.Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties
8.Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post


All eligible applications, according to the afore-mentioned criteria, will be assessed against the requirements listed below.

The Selection Board responsible for this selection will determine the criteria to be assessed in the various phases of the selection procedure (assessment of the application forms, interview and written test) prior to being granted access to the names of the applicants. All essential criteria will be assessed during the applications evaluation phase.

Non-compliance with any of the essential criteria may result in the exclusion of the candidate from the selection process. Advantageous criteria constitute additional assets and will not result in exclusion, if not fulfilled.

When filling the online application, candidates are expected to include elements that demonstrate that their profile matches the requirements below.

Essential criteria
1.University degree in the exact sciences, such as engineering, physics, mathematics or computer science;
2.Experience in system and/or ground segment engineering, verification and qualification activities;
3.Excellent command of both written and spoken English;

Advantageous criteria
4.Experience in space programme(s) and/or knowledge of navigation, earth observation or telecommunication space programmes;

Behavioral competencies
6.Solution-oriented mind-set and collaborative attitude;
7.Excellent organisational and planning skills;
8.Communication and negotiation skills with ability to be concise on complex subjects;
9.Ability to deliver quality results under pressure and prioritise tasks.


In order to consider your application valid, you are required to log in and submit application through the GSA e-recruitment portal https://www.gsa.europa.eu/gsa/jobs-opportunities

A full job description and further information on the application procedure can be found here: https://vacancies.gsa.europa.eu/Jobs/VacancyDetails/1415

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