Navigation Engineer

Darmstadt, Germany, ESA [12356]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Education and STEM
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a Navigation 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.


You will report to the Head of the Navigation Support Office, Ground Systems Engineering Department, and will be responsible for selected operationally – related activities in some of the following areas:

  • managing new activities/opportunities and providing support in relation to the increase in the Navigation Support Office customer base, covering procurement activities, the definition of specifications and requirements and the generation of Statements of Work;
  • providing support for innovation initiatives and activities in advanced concepts for data processing, analysis and precise orbit determination based on GNSS, SLR, VLBI and DORIS;
  • contributing to or managing projects in satellite-based navigation carried out on behalf of internal and external ESA customers;
  • contributing to ESA on-going and future precise orbit determination activities, including missions ranging from LEO (including the European Commission programme Copernicus), MEO, GEO and, HEO to missions to the Moon;
  • providing support to precise navigation for constellations and formation-flying activities;
  • being involved in the development, integration, validation, operations and analysis of the European GNSS programmes (Galileo 1st and 2nd Generation, EGNOS).

In the scope of these activities, participation in the following is required:

  • specification and management of innovation activities;
  • specification, development and maintenance of the necessary advanced software systems and tools, including quality and configuration management aspects.


Technical competencies
Strong background in satellite navigation innovation
Demonstrated experience in the development of mission critical software systems
Experience in software configuration management
Knowledge of software engineering and security including related standards
Understanding of orbital mechanics
Knowledge of advanced estimation techniques
A Master’s degree in engineering, natural sciences or mathematics is required for this post.
Additional requirements
You should have very good interpersonal skills, the proven ability to manage complex technical tasks and demonstrated experience of working effectively with other highly-qualified team members in a multi-project international environment. You should be able, to convey technical matters clearly (orally and in writing).

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

The closing date for applications is 24 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
About us
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