Space Environments and Effects Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [9888]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Space Environments and Effects Engineer.


This position forms part of ESA’s Advance Recruitment Scheme which is established to provide appropriate staffing resources when requirements materialise.

Appointments are therefore made for an initial duration of two years upon which you may be appointed to a permanent post at the Agency.


Space Environments & Effects Engineer, Space Environments & Effects Section, Power Systems, EMC & Space Environments Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering & Quality.

The Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) on space environments within which ESA missions will operate, assessing likely effects and defining mitigation methods. Environments addressed include: high-energy radiation from radiation belts, solar-particle events and cosmic rays, plasmas encountered in planetary magnetospheres, the solar wind and artificially-generated charges and fields on spacecraft, micro-meteoroids and non-trackable debris as well as planetary atmospheres.


• Providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of space environments and effects throughout all project phases;
• Participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals;
• 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 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 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;
• Experience in the development and verification of space hardware;
• Experience with the design, development and application of relevant tools and methods;
• Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape;
• Project support experience in a relevant domain;
• 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;
• An in-depth knowledge of computational languages, tools and IT infrastructures applicable to the analysis and modelling of space environments and effects – particularly regarding Geant4 radiation analysis software and its applications GRAS and Geant4-DNA;
• A proven track record of related space mission/experiment project support activities and involvement in the necessary collaborations;
• Experience in radiation-shielding and space radiation monitoring hardware development.


A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, such as physics, mathematics or engineering, is required.

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

The closing date for applications is 25 September 2020.


If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resources@esa.int.
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, 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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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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