SciSpacE Team Leader

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10368]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Project and Service Management
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a SciSpacE Team Leader.


• Managing the team workforce, ensuring a positive and motivating working environment;
• Distributing and assigning tasks to the team members, monitoring and managing performance and providing timely and regular feedback;
• Maintaining and developing the expertise and technical competence of the team members to meet current and future strategic needs, taking due account of their motivation, aspirations and professional development;
• Supporting the Group leader and working closely with the Research and Payloads;
• Programme Coordinator in defining a mid- to long-term research strategy in close coordination with the scientific community and with the member states as customers;
• Preparing Science Management Plans and Announcements of Opportunity for open and targeted scientific and application-oriented research activities in full coordination with other Directorate-internal organisational units as required and appropriate;
• Preparing and maintaining the science road maps and managing their short- and mid-term realisation acting as proxy of scientists in defining the end-to-end scientific requirements of individual experiments and payloads and documenting them in the Experiment Science Requirements Documents (ESR);
• Organising and coordinating the project Scientist support to the payload development teams;
• Providing Project Scientist advice and guidance to the planning, integration and increment management functions;
• Organising and coordinating the project Scientist support to commercial research and utilisation projects as needed;
• Fostering cooperation with other agencies and research organisations;
• Systematically monitoring, reporting and evaluating the scientific accomplishments of the research activities including, inter alia, ISS and non-ISS platforms;
• Supporting the data archiving and dissemination activities;
• Supporting the communication of outcomes from research activities of the Group to stakeholders and the general public;
• Supporting the development of a cross-Agency community of scientists and, where feasible, actively pursuing high quality research;
• Providing the Secretariat for relevant working groups of the ESA science advisory structure (PSWG, LSWG and others, or their successors;
• Providing the overall coordination and monitoring of the Directorate Research Fellow recruitment campaigns and supporting D/HRE in the prioritisation of the RF activities, in coordination with the SCI/HRE Science and Exploration Senior Advisor (SCI-A) and related HR services.


Technical competencies

• Broad knowledge of scientific discipline, including strategic vision of the area Life & Physical science;
• Knowledge of international scientific community;
• Knowledge of (large) international scientific research collaborations, preferably using space-based techniques;
• Knowledge of space projects, including instrumentation and operations;
• Experience in supporting ESA programmes/projects and knowledge of their technical and programmatic requirements in relevant technical domains;
• Project and technical management;
• Proven experience in the area of scientific programme management, space/science hardware development and human spaceflight;
• Knowledge of, or experience of working in, space programmes of other national and/or international agencies is considered a strong asset;
• Previous people management experience is an asset for the position, as is international experience, i.e. outside the candidate’s home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to the activities of ESA.


A PhD degree in a relevant scientific discipline is required.

For a complete job description and to apply, click on “apply”.

The closing date for applications is 13 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

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