Antenna Engineer – ESTEC

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Terma [20-72557]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

For our customer, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are seeking an experienced Antenna Engineer to work at ESA’s ESTEC site in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


You will be assigned to ESA/ESTEC’s Antenna & Sub-mm Waves Section within the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management (D/TEC).
Within the section activities cover two main areas:
• Preparing and monitoring Research and Development activities in the field of (spaceborne) Antennas. A diverse range of tasks are carried out within the Antenna and Sub-Millimetre wave engineering domain, encompassing hardware, software and system aspects.
• Provide antenna technical support to ESA projects. This includes “in-house” design and trade-off studies to support both developments and reviews. Tasks will require the analysis and design of reflector antennas and arrays and the calculation of the interference effects between antennas and the spacecraft structure.
The specific tasks you will be required to perform are:
• Providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of space antenna systems, sub-millimeter wave instruments and associated technologies throughout all project phases;
• Participating in project reviews and performing “in-house” design and trade-offs to support project-specific technology developments;
• Identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
• Antenna measurement laboratory activities as required;
• Defining, initiating and monitoring R&D activities covering both long and short-term needs;
• Monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise.
This is a full-time position located at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
The requested start of work is October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The successful candidate shall have:
• A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in Electrical Engineering or a related discipline.
• At least 4 years of relevant industrial experience in antennas. Specific industrial experience in antenna architectures and technologies as applied to the space environment is a major asset.
• Knowledge of space-specific antenna constraints at RF, mechanical, thermal, and environmental levels gained from the handling of spacecraft Flight Model development or R&D development at high Technology Readiness Level (TRL);
• Knowledge of antenna industrial manufacturing, testing processes, architecture and technologies;
• Expertise in using antenna modelling tools (such as GRASP8, POS4, CHAMP, HFSS).

• Prior experience with ESA programmes and processes (following ECSS standards) would be useful;
• Awareness of the wider space systems engineering domains and processes would be useful;

Soft skills:
• Proactive attitude to solving problems;
• Good organisational skills and capable of supporting multiple tasks in parallel.

Additional information

To ensure that your application will reach us and is properly processed please apply through the ‘Apply’ link below. Include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and a Cover Letter highlighting your background and expertise as well as earliest date of availability.

For further information, please contact Mr. Simon Mills.

by telephone [+31 6 2326 2398] or by email [recruitment.nl@terma.com].

Closing date: August 24th 2020

Please note the following Legal & Security requirements:

Applicants must hold all appropriate permits to work in the EU.
Applicants are required to provide a copy of their ID/passport and degree/higher education certificate. Terma will validate the certificate with the issuing authority.
In line with ESA security requirements, an official Certificate of Good Conduct (or equivalent) and employment reference checks will be required at commencement of employment. Please attach a copy of any reference letters with your application if you have them.
Privacy Notice

By submitting your job application you confirm that you have read, understood and accepted this Privacy Notice, including Terma’s Privacy Policy as referenced below; and are providing your consent to Terma’s storage and processing of your personal data accordingly.

This Privacy Notice covers any personal data you submit to Terma for the recruiting process, including e.g.:

Your name, contact details and application status
Information included in your CV or cover letter, such as job history, academic background, skills and competencies, personal interests, languages spoken, and your photo
Job preferences and type of employment sought
Names and contact details for references
Please visit our Privacy Policy at www.terma.com. Here you will find additional information about our compliance with GDPR, how we use and protect your data, as well as information about your rights pursuant to GDPR. You will also find information who to contact at Terma in case you want to exercise these rights

Application deadline:
24. August 2020

For information on how the personal data in your application is processed, please see the Terma Privacy Policy.