Microwave Engineer


Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [11833]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Microwave 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.


Microwave Engineer in the Radio Frequency (RF) Equipment and Technology Section, Radio Frequency Payloads and Technology Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Radio Frequency (RF) Equipment and Technology Section provides engineering support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) in the fields of ground and space-borne RF equipment and its building blocks, RF active and passive technologies, Time and Frequency generation and distribution, RF testing and Instrumentation and related design and characterization tools.


You will report to the Head of Section and, within the technical fields described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • contributing to the design, development and performance evaluation of RF equipment, subsystems, components and technologies applicable to space and ground segments;
  • providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of RF Equipment and technologies, throughout all project phases;
  • contributing to the definition of technology development roadmaps within the Agency’s technology programmes;
  • defining technical requirements and statements of work for the tasks to be performed by industry, from early conceptual studies to full hardware development;
  • 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;
  • end-to-end laboratory activities as required in support to Industry, ESA projects and programmes;
  • monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends, liaising with universities and research institutes in order to maintain a state-of-the-art engineering expertise in the Section’s technical domains;
  • supervising students and trainees for analysis, simulation and development of advanced concepts in the Section’s technical domains;
  • contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.

Duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.


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 testing of relevant technical equipment
Experience in preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation)
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews


A Master’s degree in telecommunication, electronic or microwave engineering is required.

Additional requirements

Experience in development of mm-wave/sub-mm wave Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) and/or frequency converters, design tools and test methods is required. Experience in development of receiver assemblies is considered an asset.

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

The closing date for applications is 21 December 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/