Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Darmstadt, Germany, ESA [10201]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Spacecraft Operations Engineer.


• Assisting the Head of Unit and appointed SOM(s) within the Unit in the preparation and execution of operations assigned to the Unit, including Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP), Commissioning, Routine and Disposal phases, as applicable;
• Assisting the Head of Unit and appointed SOM(s) in the development, maintenance and validation of the Flight Operations Segment (FOS) including System Validation Tests (SVT) and Ground Segment Operational Validation (GSOV);
• Analysing and reporting on spacecraft and ground segment performance and implementing trade-off analysis for the maintenance and evolution of the Flight Operations Segment (FOS);
• Interfacing with the ESTEC project group, the PDGS and Mission Management team(s), external partners including Agencies (DLR, CNES, etc.) and industry, for technical matters and review of spacecraft design, operations documentation and performance reports;
• Providing support in the reviews, preparation and future developments of the Copernicus/Sentinels Next Generation and Expansion missions assigned to the Unit (e.g. CIMR, ROSE-L, S1-NG); interfacing with other ESOC divisions for spacecraft operations matters;
• Providing support in the reviews and preparation of other Earth Observation missions delegated to the Earth Observation Missions Division (i.e. Earth Explorers and/or Copernicus/Sentinels);
• Acting as Deputy SOM as required.


Technical competencies

• Knowledge of mission, spacecraft and/or payload operations;
• Understanding of development and maintenance of ground infrastructure and/or software systems;
• Knowledge of large operations and associated software systems, preferably space-based;
• Knowledge of the Copernicus Programme and the Sentinels Missions is highly desirable.


A Master’s degree in engineering or physics is required.

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The closing date for applications is 22 September 2020.


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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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