Optoelectronics Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10792-19565]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for an Optoelectronics Engineer.


Optoelectronics Engineer in the Optoelectronics Section, Mechatronics and Optics Division, Mechanical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Optoelectronics Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) in the field of optoelectronic device technologies and applications. In particular the Optoelectronics Section deals with the specification, development and characterisation of photonic components, subsystems and active optical instruments, such as detectors and lasers operating in the UV to FIR wavelength ranges, fibre-optic sensors, lidars, optical communication systems and quantum technologies.


Reporting to the Head of Section and within the technical fields described above, the main tasks and responsibilities of the post holder will include:

  • providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the fields of photo-detectors, focal plane instrumentation development, lasers and laser testing techniques 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 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.

Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competencies.


Technical competencies

• General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position;
• Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape;
• Project support experience in a relevant domain;
• Experience with laboratory or field testing of relevant technical equipment;
• 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.


A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in optoelectronics engineering is required. Preference will be given to those applicants with a PhD.

Additional requirements

At least 10 years’ experience in the design, definition, development and testing of photonic devices and optical sensors, with detectors and detection chains including one or more of the following detector types: CCD, MCT, InGaAs and CMOS.Strong theoretical and hands-on experience with laser system developments including development of laser optical metrology techniques or space optical communications is required.Experience in providing support to Earth observation and science missions in the field of detectors and lasers at system level and also in following critical R&D activities tailored for to the specific needs of the mission will be considered a strong asset.

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

The closing date for applications is 27 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.
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