System Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12184-23118]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a System 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.

System Engineer in the CubeSat Systems Unit, Projects Office, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
The CubeSat Systems Unit is responsible for the project management and system engineering of CubeSat satellite missions for technology in-orbit demonstration implemented in the Directorate. The Unit also provides technical support to Programme Directorates as required in the area of CubeSat Systems.



  • Managing and participating in the System team for the Unit’s in-orbit demonstration CubeSat projects in all phases;
  • Providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in system engineering for in-orbit demonstration and CubeSat systems throughout all project phases;
  • Participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluations of procurement proposals;
  • Contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s Technology Programmes;
  • Initiating and managing R&D activities covering long- and short-term needs in CubeSat systems for in-orbit demonstration;
  • Monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends in CubeSat systems and technologies, and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise.

Duties may also include providing support to other activities in your area of competence.


Technical competencies
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Project support experience in a relevant domain
Spacecraft systems knowledge
Hands-on hardware experience
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Experience in managing and monitoring industrial activities, participation in reviews

A Master’s degree in aerospace engineering or a major scientific discipline.

Additional requirements
Some experience in space projects, including a background in spacecraft system or subsystem design, engineering and AIV aspects.
Specific knowledge of CubeSat Systems and related miniaturised technologies, technology demonstration projects and industrial experience.
Some experience in deep-space mission design and development, including relevant risk reduction measures.

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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.
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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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