End-to-End Earth Observation Systems Engineer

Frascati, Italy, ESA [9214]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a End-to-End Earth Observation Systems Engineer.


Working in an open, collaborative, multi-disciplinary team (Φ-Lab), in active cooperation with other staff of the Directorate and ESA, as well as in cooperation with industry and research communities in the framework of ESA programmes, your duties will be:

• Preparing and overseeing competitive exploratory activities, executed by industry and research organisations of ESA Member States, in particular for the ‘Investing in Industrial Innovation’ (InCubed) programme, as well as related programmes;
• Stimulating and supporting the development of ‘NewSpace’ solutions and systems for Earth observation (EO);
• Supporting activities for enhancing the understanding of EO end-to-end system architectures and ecosystems, including:
– Space segment, including ‘NewSpace’ architectures, onboard sensing and processing capabilities, data flow approaches;
– Ground segment aspects, such as data analytics, data distribution methodologies and data access;
– User segment aspects, such as trends in EO applications and services, and in downstream industry;
• Supporting activities for enhancing the understanding of the EO domain in a commercial context, including enablers and future trends;
• Prospecting for and evaluating emerging technologies, methodologies and techniques relevant for space/ground/user segments of ‘NewSpace’ EO systems;
• Developing and supporting technology application demonstrations in the Φ-Lab collaborative environment;
• Facilitating high-risk/high-potential developments based on co-funding and other financial risk- mitigation arrangements;
• Liaising with counterparts in other ESA Directorates, notably D/IPL, D/TEC and the ESA Applications Area (D/NAV, D/TIA), to maximise the overall coherence of ESA activities and promote and position InCubed within the space sector.


Technical competencies

• Background in space engineering with systems orientation and end-to-end view of Earth Observation missions;
• Hold 3 years of professional experience;
• “NewSpace” technologies, methods and markets;
• Knowledge of commercial aspects within EO context;
• Experience with co-funded activities;
• Knowledge of both on-ground as onboard sub-systems (e.g. sensors, onboard data handling, data acquisition, mission planning, data processing).


A Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines, e.g. engineering, computer science, applied physics is required.

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The closing date for applications is 4 September 2020.


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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 and Slovenia.

We offer

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an equal opportunities employer that offers competitive salaries exempt from national income tax and excellent employment conditions, such as allowances for expatriates and relocation support.
For more information: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA

About us

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
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