I-HAB Environmental Control Life Support System Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10283]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for an I-HAB Environmental Control Life Support System Engineer.


The Gateway is a small space station that will orbit the Moon in a near-rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) and will be developed by the ISS Partners. As part of the Gateway Partnership, ESA will provide two elements: the International-HABitation module (I-HAB) and the European Systems Providing Refuelling, Infrastructure & Telecommunications (ESPRIT).

I-HAB is a pressurised module, part of the Cislunar Gateway programme, capable of hosting crew, providing accommodation for equipment and storage, as well as docking ports and resources for visiting vehicles. It will support pressurised and unpressurised utilisation (science and technology) and provide operation points for the external robotic arm.

For programmatic reasons, it will include hardware provided by NASA, CSA and JAXA, the latter providing ESA with key equipment and subsystem design of the I-HAB Environmental Control Life Support System (ECLSS).
In this context, you will have responsibility for the definition and implementation of system aspects related to environmental control for the crew and for the execution of the experimental campaign, acting as a link between JAXA and the industrial prime.
You may be requested to support other Human Space Exploration activities in the area of environmental and life support system control.


• Performing system engineering activities related to I-HAB environmental and life support system control, including active coordination with JAXA (as subsystem provider), NASA (as Gateway Life support system integrator) and industry throughout the design, development, verification and operational phases;
• Acting as the ESA point of contact in the Gateway (NASA) ECLSS working group(s);
• Acting as the ESA book captain for the ESA/JAXA I-HAB ECLSS requirements specification development, maintenance and verification;
• Overseeing the JAXA ECLSS contribution development and proactively working on ECLSS risks, issues resolution, and technological advancements that could affect I-HAB performances, schedule and costs;
• Overseeing industry procurement of all ECLSS equipment not provided by JAXA or NASA;
• Coordinating with other technical areas of the I-HAB team (e.g. avionics, software, power, thermal, structure, baseline configuration and verification) to ensure coherent implementation at any level of the I-HAB ECLSS;
• Supporting I-HAB team member(s) in the management of the Multilateral Agencies documents related to I-HAB data, hardware, software and verification exchanges;
• Other relevant ECLSS technical activities in the area of Human Space Exploration, as required.


Technical competencies

• System engineering and understanding of system requirements and I/F with focus on life support aspects (ECLSS);
• Background and substantial experience (5 years minimum) in the technical domains covered by the position;
• Ability to rapidly assimilate and synthesise complex information;
• Experience working with other international space agencies;
• Experience with industrial procurement and development, verification process and conduct of reviews;
• Proven experience in the environmental control life-support engineering system (ECLSS) and an understanding of its implications and of the interdependencies between ECLSS and subsystems;


A Master’s degree in engineering is required.

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The closing date for applications is 31 August 2020.


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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.
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