Optoelectronics Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12172-23116]

Field(s) of expertise
Education and STEM
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for an Optoelectronics Engineer.

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.

Optoelectronics Engineer in the Optoelectronics Section, Mechatronics and Optics Division, Mechanical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
The Optoelectronics Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technology research (R&D) in the field of optoelectronic device technologies and applications. The Section deals in particular with the specification, development and characterisation of photonic components and systems, such as detectors and lasers operating in the UV to FIR wavelength ranges, fibre-optic sensors, lidars, optical communication systems and quantum technologies.



  • Providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the area of photo-detectors, focal plane instrumentation development, optical communications and relevant testing techniques throughout all project phases;
  • Participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and the evaluation of procurement proposals;
  • Identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
  • Contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
  • Defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs;
  • Fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, with the emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures;
  • Laboratory activities as required;
  • Monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise;
  • Contributing to dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.

Duties may also include providing support for other activities within your area of competence.


Technical competencies
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Hands-on hardware experience
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Project support experience in a relevant domain
Experience with laboratory and field testing of relevant technical equipment
Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc)
A Master’s degree in optoelectronic engineering for this post is required. Preference will be given to applicants with a PhD.

Additional requirements
At least 10 years experience in the design, definition, development and testing of photonic devices and sensors, ideally with detectors and detection chains including one or more of the following detector types: CCD, CMOS, MCT and InGaAs.In addition, theoretical and hands-on experience of detector front-end electronics design and development is required.
Knowledge in optical communications, feeder links and laser technologies is an asset.Experience in providing support to Earth observation and Science Missions in relation to detectors at system level and also in following critical R&D activities tailored to the specific needs of a mission will be considered a strong asset.

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The closing date for applications is 13 May 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.
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
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