Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Space Environments and Effects Analyses and Modelling

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12249]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Information Technology
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for an Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Space Environments and Effects Analyses and Modelling.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

The ESA Space Environments and Effects Research Fellow will work on Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe data for environment models, together with Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Software (SPIS) analysis for particles and charging. The planned work will include a new high-resolution model of Solar Orbiter with the latest SPIS improvements implemented for local magnetic fields, charging, particle tracing, solar array interconnects, and a new sensor model. The work will be carried out in collaboration with the main European institutes behind the Solar Orbiter mission.
Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website: www.esa.int


Field(s) of activity/research
The activities encompass space plasma environmental modelling, analysis of data from relevant existing missions (Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe), and application and further development of related space plasma interactions software (SPIS) for a range of anticipated effects on the spacecraft.


Technical competencies
Ability to conduct research autonomously
Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities
Research/publication record
Knowledge relevant to the field of research
General interest in space and space research
Ability to gather and share relevant information
You should have recently completed, or be close to completion of, a PhD in space science, space engineering and/or IT subjects, with preferably a background in spacecraft plasma interactions. Preference will be given to candidates awarded their doctorate within the past five years.

Additional requirements
Broader knowledge and experience in space environments and their effects on spacecraft would be an asset.
The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

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

The closing date for applications is 16 April 2021.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at 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.
According to the ESA Convention the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States. (https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/careers/NationalityTargets.pdf)
In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment.
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
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