EO Small Missions Systems Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [B-00146]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

We are recruiting a EO Small Missions Systems Engineer for Sapienza to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC).

The successful candidate will work within the Future Missions and Instruments Division (EOP-ΦM), the Mission and System Studies Section (EOP-FMP) which is responsible for the end-to-end preparation of EO missions through the appropriate engineering activities, working in close cooperation with other EOP teams. The Contractor will provide system engineering support as EO Mission System Engineer in the field of small satellites for EO application(s), in particular regarding the implementation of missions based on Cubesats and similar small platforms


  • to support projects related to mission implementation (phase B/C/D/E1) for future Φ-sat(s) or for commercial/application-oriented EO missions under the ESA InCubed programme
  • to support the system level technology developments in projects under the InCubed programme, for the preparation of future related Calls and for risk retirement activities for small missions, e.g. Scouts, under maturation
  • to support the definition and monitoring of small missions under preparation through e.g. participation to reviews, assessment of industrial results, evaluation of proposals in reply to Calls, including functional analysis and design, overall system concept, system level budgets, system performance analyses
  • to provide system-engineering support as EO Mission System Engineer in the definition and monitoring of activities for the preparation of future ESA EO missions, in particular Earth Explorers missions, Opportunity missions, Scout missions, and Earth Watch missions
  • to support work in the area of modelling of system or sub-system aspects and of end-to-end performance simulators and simulations


  • Master’s degree in Engineering with relevant background and experience in space projects andassociated technology developments
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience
  • Good knowledge of CubeSats standard evolution and trend
  • Several years of experience in the implementation of small satellites, ideally in the EO domain, including hands-on experience in manufacturing/procurement and environmental/acceptance tests
  • Ideally candidates should have experience in preparation (Phases 0 and A) of missions for Earth science and/or commercial/application-oriented EO missions
  • Knowledge of sensing techniques used in EO missions will be an asset
  • Knowledge of Matlab and STK or similar tools will be an asset
  • Teamwork orientation
  • Good communication and technical writing skills with ability to synthesize
  • Good organisational skills
  • Methodical and proactive, with ability to work autonomously
  • Problem-solving and creativity-oriented attitude, able to develop ideas into feasible concepts
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset


Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU

Please send your CV (in English) as soon as possible, but no later than 17th June 2021 to jobs@sapienzaconsulting.com



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