Radio Navigation Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Telecommunications  Engineering
Job type

About this job

We are recruiting a Radio Navigation Engineer for Sapienza to work on our Customers Site ESA-ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


  • The work includes:
    • Study, analyses and testing of navigation systems/segments/elements/technology, dissemination and navigation algorithms, including tools development
    • Evaluation of Navigation/Positioning/Timing algorithm and techniques, user/system/segment performance assessment based on software simulators, laboratory and field measurements, and support to ESA projects in follow up of industrial procurements
    • Study, design, analysis and testing of navigation/positioning/ranging/monitoring technology and receiver for space. Radio Navigation space applications performed at ESA include scientific applications (atmospheric sounding and oceanic observation), formation flying, rendezvous and attitude determination
    • Study, design, analysis and testing of navigation receivers/technology for terrestrial applications and local augmentation. Radio Navigation terrestrial applications performed at ESA are those related to high performance based on high accuracy (e.g. geodesy) and/or high integrity (e.g. civil aviation, maritime)
    • Study, design, analysis and testing of signal and signal processing techniques including tools/equipment development and procurement. It encompasses signal structure, modulations, data dissemination, techniques for error correction, synchronisation, multipath mitigation and estimation, interference mitigation, cancellation, encryption, authentication, among others
    • Definition procurement design, testing, usage of Radio Navigation equipment in support to Radio Navigation experiments and test campaigns
  • Assistance in preparation of invitation to tenders related to ESA Projects and R&D activities and contracts technical follow-up
  • Specific engineering support to space projects developed by ESA and/or by major European industries/operators
  • Validation of designs by means of analyses, simulations, laboratory testing and field trials (possibly in co-operation with third parties)
  • Design, implementation and testing tasks for technological projects
  • Execution of internal R&D activities through design, prototyping, analysis and simulations
  • Simulation and testing in the laboratory of Navigation systems and equipment
  • Preparation of technical documents on the above subjects
  • Support for related demonstrations inside and outside ESTEC


  • Master’s Degree in Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering, Physics or Aerospace Engineering
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience
  • Specific knowledge in the design and testing of Radio Navigation systems and equipment
  • Strong knowledge on the design of satellite navigation systems, ranging and positioning techniques, RF, signal processing techniques, and digital navigation receivers
  • Relevant experience with the GNSS1, EGNOS and/or GALILEO systems and equipment and have and good knowledge of Radio Navigation simulation and testing systems
  • Proven experience in the implementation, maintenance and operation of complex Radio Navigation simulation and test facilities for spacecraft, aircraft, maritime and land mobile applications
  • Strong experience at user level with satellite navigation receivers and satellite navigation positioning and integrity algorithms
  • Some experience of commercial simulation software is desirable
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU


Please send your CV (in English) as soon as possible, but no later than 29th April 2020 to jobs@sapienzaconsulting.com

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