Sentinels FOS Expansion System Engineer (Operations Preparation) (M/F)

Darmstadt, Germany, Terma [21_73559]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

For our customer, ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, we are seeking an experienced ground systems System Engineer. The position covers ground systems operations preparation engineering for the Sentinels Flight Operations System (FOS) at ESOC, supporting the expansion of the existing flight operations and mission control systems to support the next generation of Sentinel missions.


The Sentinels Expansion FOS System Engineering will cover a number of pre-operational support activities to the Sentinels Mission Control Teams, linked to the evolutions and new developments required within the EO FOS and in particular the Sentinel Expansion (Copernicus Next Generation) missions. Overall, the areas to be covered are:

  • Ground systems pre-operations preparations
  • FOS assembly, integration and validation pre-operational activities
  • Space-to-ground interfaces testing and validation

The specific initial activities foreseen of the expansion ramp-up are:

  • Review of the EGOS-CC user needs and provide support to the EGOS-CC/EGS-CC validation test campaign;
  • Review of the existing SCOS-2000 and EGOS-CC CFDP support implementation and familiarisation with the Distributed CFDP operations concept and design;
  • Review of the existing SCOS-2000 PUS-C support extension and assessment of the required delta development for future Earth Observation (EO) SCOS-2000 based missions;
  • Follow-up of the Distributed CFDP MCS function implementation and verification activities, follow-up of the Mission Control System (MCS) PUS-C support extension implementation and verification activities (EGOS-CC/EGS-CC and SCOS-2000 based missions control systems)
  • Support to the validation of the EGOS-CC/EGS-CC mission control system in preparation of EO missions;
  • Support the end-to-end system validation of the FOS Distributed CFDP function, participation to the validation of the MCS PUS-C support extension and support to the validation of the new MCS – FOS infrastructure interfaces (EGOS-CC/EGS-CC and SCOS-2000 based missions control systems)

This is a full-time position to be located at ESOC’s premises in Darmstadt with the planned start date on 1st April 2021.


In addition to having a university degree in a relevant engineering field, you should be able to cover many of the following topics:

  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in Space Flight Operations Systems development activities, from the early requirements definition phase to AIV activities;
  • Good understanding of the operational concepts linked to File-based Operations (FBO) and CFDP ;
  • Background and experience working with the ECSS PUS standard. Knowledge of PUS-C will be a distinct advantage;
  • Proven experience drafting and implementing FOS System Test Plans;
  • Understanding and knowledge of EGOS-CC/EGS-CC MCS based systems
  • Demonstrable experience with SCOS-2000 based MCS systems.

Note that handling of export-controlled information (ITAR, EAR, EU, etc.) may be required, for which you must not be precluded. The position may involve up to 6 European business travels per year. You will be expected to be able to conduct all activities in a professional, orderly and disciplined manner, be able to work calmly and accurately under stress and able to work without supervision. What can Terma offer At Terma, we consider skilled employees, enthusiasm and job satisfaction as the very foundation of our success and as a prerequisite for the development of the “best-in-class” solutions that Terma provides. We lead the way in applying new technology, offering a wide range of growth opportunities for each individual and emphasizing mutual respect across the board in our workplace. Terma offers you a pleasant working environment at the customer site, where you will be able to take on challenging tasks and responsibilities in a highly professional company:

  • Great opportunities for training and personal development
  • Challenges in advanced technical environment
  • International and cosmopolitan working atmosphere
  • An employment contract with an attractive package with extra-legal benefits
  • Highly competitive salary

Recruitment is depending on successful selection by the customer. Additional information For further information, please contact Mrs. Raluca Moise by telephone [+49 6151 860050] or by email [recruitment.de@terma.com]. To ensure that your application will reach us and is properly processed please apply through the link: https://www.terma.com/careers/apply-to-open-positions/?hr=show-job%2F67834%26locale%3Den_US with a Cover Letter and an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae. Please note that applicants must hold all appropriate documentation and permits to work in Europe.

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