Electromagnetics Engineer


Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10814]

Field(s) of expertise
Education & STEM Electronics Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for an Electromagnetics Engineer.


Electromagnetics Engineer in the Wave Interaction and Propagation Section, RF Payloads & Technology Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Wave Interaction and Propagation Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) in:
• Wave propagation relevant to space communications, navigation and remote sensing;
• Wave interaction for active, passive and combined remote sensing of ocean, land and atmosphere of the Earth and other planets.

This includes:
• Modelling and experimental validation;
• Associated mitigation, retrieval, correction and calibration algorithms;
• Related end-to-end performance assessment, including contribution to product quality.


• Providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the area of microwave remote sensing 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 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 state-of-the-art expertise;
• Contributing to 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 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 with laboratory or field campaigns;
• Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc).


A Master’s degree in engineering or physics with some emphasis on electromagnetics is required.

Additional requirements

Solid expertise and several years’ professional experience in the following:
• Microwave interaction with natural surfaces and associated forward models and retrieval algorithms;
• Microwave Earth observation instrument concepts (Synthetic Aperture Radar, Microwave Radiometer, etc.) and related end-to-end performance assessment, spurious effects mitigation and vicarious calibration techniques;
• Associated Level-1 and Level-2 data products and data processing techniques.

Knowledge and understanding of the Earth science context is considered an asset.

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

The closing date for applications is 6 November 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 and Canada, Latvia 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

About us

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.
Learn more: http://www.esa.int/