Electrical System Engineer


Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10808]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for an Electrical System Engineer.


You will be assigned as integrated support to the function of Electrical System Engineer in the MetOp Second Generation (MetOp-SG) Project, Projects Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes (hereinafter referred to as the “Host Unit”).

MetOp Second Generation (MetOp-SG) is an operational meteorological project established in cooperation with Eumetsat. ESA is responsible for the definition and development of the space segment and, on behalf of Eumetsat, the procurement of the recurrent satellites. The programme consists of two series of satellites, with three satellites in each series. The project has successfully passed its Critical Design Review and the AIV phase has started for the first flight model. The first two launches are planned for 2023 and 2024.

In the Metop-SG project, you will supervise the development of the Electrical Power Subsystem and electrical AIV activities at satellite level. Provision of strong support in the areas of data handling, EMC and Radio Frequency Compatibility (RFC) design and implementation activities is also expected.


• Managing and monitoring industrial activities for the MetOp-SG Electrical Power Subsystem (solar array, power conditioning and distribution unit, batteries, secondary power system in units and instruments);
• Providing support in the areas of data handling, EMC and Radio Frequency Compatibility (RFC) design and implementation covering the MetOp-SG satellites and all payload instruments;
• Following up electrical AIV activities at satellite level (Electrical Functional Model, PFM and FMs);
• Providing early warning of potential problem areas and ensuring appropriate mitigation actions are identified and implemented;
• Participating in Non-Conformance Review Boards;
• Coordinating specialist support, as necessary.

In carrying out these tasks, you will coordinate closely with other engineers in the Section and with members of the System & Operations, Payload and PA Sections of the MetOp-SG project as well as expert functional support provided by the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

You will also participate in periodic meetings with the Parent Unit, contributing to the transfer of technical knowledge and lessons learned between the Parent and Host Units and across the Agency.


Technical competencies

• Multi-disciplinary knowledge of area of responsibility;
• Knowledge of other technical domains with interfaces to own area of responsibility;
• Space system development and PA standards;
• Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes;
• Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape.


A Master’s degree in relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline is required.

Additional requirements

Experience or knowledge in the following domains is an asset:
• Experience in Power System analysis, including power and energy budget assessment;
• Knowledge of secondary power system analysis and verification;
• Knowledge of the distribution system analysis and verification;
• Knowledge of the design and verification of DC/DC converters with MPPT;
• Knowledge of Electronic Power Conditioning units (EPC) for High Voltage payloads;
• Experience in satellite electrical, assembly, integration and testing;
• Experience in the power system support for Launch and Early Phase Operations of space missions.

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

The closing date for applications is 8 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/