Thermal Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [9671]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Thermal Engineer.


• Providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of thermal control/cryogenics throughout all project phases;
• Participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals;
• Performing analysis as required to support the thermal/cryogenic subsystem definition;
participating in thermal and cryogenics testing activities, and correlating analysis and test results;
• Identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
• Defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs;
• Fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures;
• Laboratory activities as required;
• Monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining a state-of-the-art expertise;
• Contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.


Technical competencies

• General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position;
• Understanding of and practical experience with related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape;
• Project support experience in a relevant domain;
• Environmental testing for space hardware;
• Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc);
• Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews;
• Experience with Space Engineering Standards and their preparation and implementation;
• A general knowledge of space thermal control analysis tools, e.g. ESATAN-TMS, is required;
• Minimum of five years’ experience in the thermal domain and experience with related technologies
• Experience in cryogenics and sub-Kelvin systems, e.g. cryocoolers, would be an asset.


A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in thermal or mechanical engineering or physics is required.

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The closing date for applications is 01 September 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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