Bepicolombo Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Darmstadt, Germany, Terma [21_74144]

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

About this job

For our customer, ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, we are seeking an experienced Spacecraft Operations Engineer to support their mission operations.


General activities to be supported by the Spacecraft Operations Engineer include:

  • Operations Supervision including team management and shift or on-call planning
  • Anomaly Handling
    • Troubleshoot problems during pass conduction
    • Restoring Spacecraft to Nominal Operation
    • Detecting and fixing known anomalies (OOL/CEL…)
    • Data gap recovery and Pass reporting,
    • Execution of recovery actions as decided during Anomaly Management.
  • Execute the different MP processes: LTP, MTP, STP, VSTP, etc. and generate the corresponding products.
  • Tools, MIB and FOP Maintenance
    • Maintain/upgrade MPS rules
    • Automation scripts,
    • Coordinate with other missions to maintain maximum commonality. Maintain/modify FOP procedures, MIB database in response to operations changes
  • Validation and Deployment of Ground Systems updates
  • Management and coordination of internal mission interfaces (e.g.: Fdyn, ESTRACK, SWS etc.)
  • Spacecraft Performance Analysis and Reporting
    • Setup of tools and processes for regular generation of spacecraft performance reports and trend analysis.
    • Periodic generation of the corresponding technical reports
  • Phase Execution (Eclipses Ops, Fly-by, Remote Sensing Windows, etc.)
  • On-Board Software Maintenance Support by means of implementing of OBSW patches (Upload, dump, verify)
  • Engineering Model Maintenance (Activation/Deactivation, patching, testing, configuration)

This is a full-time position to be located at ESOC’s premises in Darmstadt with the planned start date on 1 September 2021.


In addition to having a university degree in a relevant engineering field, you should be able to cover as many of the following topics as possible:
Essential skills are:

  • Spacecraft subsystem knowledge (AOCS/DH/OBSM/Power/Thermal/TTC/Payload)
  • Coordination and interaction with other service providers in operations, and with other entities such as PI teams or Science Ground Segment
  • Machine learning experience
  • Experience in scripting / programming

Desirable skills include:

  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment
  • Familiarity with satellite control systems, in particular SCOS-2000
  • Familiarity with operational simulators, especially the ones based on SimSat
  • Familiarity with deep space missions operations
  • Familiarity with MOIS
  • Familiarity with Onboard Control Procedures maintenance lifecycle

You will be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, able to work calmly and accurately under stress and able to work without supervision.
In addition to the above-mentioned requirements, the candidate needs to be eligible to a clearance for handling of export control material (US and European)
What can Terma offer
At Terma, we consider skilled employees, enthusiasm and job satisfaction as the very foundation of our success and as a prerequisite for the development of the “best-in-class” solutions that Terma provides. We lead the way in applying new technology, offering a wide range of growth opportunities for each individual and emphasizing mutual respect across the board in our workplace.
Terma offers you a pleasant working environment at the customer site, where you will be able to take on challenging tasks and responsibilities in a highly professional company:

  • Great opportunities for training and personal development
  • Challenges in advanced technical environment
  • International and cosmopolitan working atmosphere
  • An employment contract with an attractive package with extra-legal benefits
  • Highly competitive salary

Recruitment is depending on successful selection by the customer.
Additional information
For further information, please contact Mrs. Raluca Moise by telephone [+49 6151 860050] or by email [recruitment.de@terma.com].
To ensure that your application will reach us and is properly processed please apply through the link below with a Cover Letter and an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae: 
Closing date: June 12, 2021
Please note that applicants must hold all appropriate documentation and permits to work in Europe.

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