Flight Dynamics Operations Engineer – Orbit Routine Operations for Earth Explorers

Darmstadt, Germany, Terma [21_73673]

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

About this job

For our customer, ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, we are seeking an experienced Flight Dynamics Operations Engineer with primary areas of responsibility of Orbit Determination for Earth Observation.
You will be primarily assigned to a particular service within the Earth Observation Missions but with the possibility of supporting other service and/or missions.
The service to be provided is primarily related to the routine operations of Earth Explorers (Aeolus, Cryosat and Swarm). Services may also be requested related to Earth Explorers in preparation phase (Biomass, FLEX) and other Earth orbiting missions.


The general activities to be supported (depending on the subsystem and phase of the mission) are:

  • Orbit Determination, Prediction and Products Generation:
    • Execution of and support to operational tasks
    • Processing of tracking data
    • Determination and prediction of spacecraft orbital state
    • Generation of orbit related products such as orbit event predictions
  • Flight Dynamics Application Layer:
    • Maintenance of elements of the Flight Dynamics Application Layer
  • Flight Dynamics System Development:
    • Specification of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements
    • Implementation of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements
    • Installation of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements on operational platform(s)- design, coordination and implementation of tests
    • Participation in tests
    • Set-up procedures
    • Flight Dynamics (Sub-)System configuration
    • Coordination of internal and external interfaces and actitivities across subsystems
  • General Flight Dynamics operations engineering activities

During the on-call periods the staff on call may be provided by ESOC with a mobile phone -depending on the operational needs. Dependent on the case the staff may need to come to ESOC on short notice (typically within one hour) to provide the required operations support. Details of the actual on-call service shall be agreed between ESA and the provider.
This is a full-time position to be located at ESOC’s premises in Darmstadt with the planned start date on 1st June 2021.


In addition to having a university degree in a relevant engineering field, astronomy, mathematics or physics, you should be able to cover many of the following topics:
Essential skills are:

  • Skills to apply their knowledge to develop solutions to technical (mathematical and dynamical) problems in cooperation with customers and other experts
  • Ability to define, implement, validate and operate software which applies the above solutions (using e.g. Linux scripting languages, Fortran 90 and C++)
  • Will to take operational responsibility in multi-discipline teams
  • Fluency in English, both in speech and writing
  • Coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields.
  • Ability to work independently

Desirable skills include:

  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment
  • Familiarity/experience with Flight Dynamics operations engineering tasks
  • Experience dealing with external interfaces
  • Experience with Linux, network services and protocols, and system administration
  • The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities, multiple subsystems and if applicable multiple missions simultaneously.

You will be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, 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 following link: https://www.terma.com/careers/apply-to-open-positions/?hr=show-job%2F68682%26locale%3Den_US
with a Cover Letter and an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
Closing date: March 15th , 2021
Please note that applicants must hold all appropriate documentation and permits to work in Europe.
The high-tech and innovative Terma Group develops products and systems for defense, non-defense and security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for aircraft and vessels, space technology, and aerostructures for the aircraft industry.
Terma is headquartered at Aarhus, Denmark. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, Germany, France, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore and the U.S.
The Space Business Area contributes with mission-customized software and hardware products including power systems and star trackers as well as services to support a number of in-orbit pioneering European scientific and Earth observation satellite missions. Additionally, Terma is contracted for the development and delivery of software and hardware systems and services for numerous ongoing and future European, and international missions.
Terma Space operates out of Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK.
Application deadline:
15. March 2021

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