AOCS/GNC Sensors Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12152]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for an AOCS/GNC Sensors Engineer.

AOCS/GNC Sensors Engineer in the AOCS/GNC Sensors Unit, GNC, AOCS & Pointing Division, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering & Quality.
The Unit is in charge of developing new AOCS (Attitude and Orbit Control Systems) and GNC (Guidance Navigation and Control) sensors. Such sensors include star trackers, gyroscopes, accelerometers, IMUs, magnetometers, Sun and Earth sensors, hybrid navigation systems, 3D cameras, optical navigation sensors. Actuators such as wheels and CMGs are developed in cooperation with another department. The Unit is also in charge of developing, maintaining and operating the Division laboratory facilities in order to support divisional R&D activities and project investigations.


Reporting to the Head of Unit and within the technical fields described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short- term needs and addressing the development, modification or qualification of AOCS/GNC sensors and actuators;
  • Monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise in the area of inertial sensors, optical sensors, Sun/Earth sensors, magnetic or inertial actuators;
  • Laboratory activities aimed at providing independent verification of R&D results or specific Project Support;
  • Contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
  • Providing expertise to support ESA projects within your area, in relation with colleagues in the other entities of the Division;
  • Contributing to Unit activities and support in the domain of the dissemination of the results of the activities performed, in-orbit analyses, lessons learned and knowledge management.

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
Hands-on hardware experience
Experience with laboratory and field testing of relevant technical equipment
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
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 Electronics, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.

Additional requirements
Proven experience in AOCS/GNC sensors, their related development & procurement activities including detailed design & qualification process. Preference will be given to those with strong expertise in two or more of the following areas related to the position:

  • Experience in electronics design & analyses;
  • Radiation effects in space electronics;
  • Previous experience in R&D laboratory environment;
  • Understanding of Spacecraft System Design and Spacecraft Operations;
  • Hardware development for ‘New Space’ systems.

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

The closing date for applications is 11 March 2021.

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