Power Management Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10921-23602]

Field(s) of expertise
Electronics Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a Power Management 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.

Power Management Engineer in the Power Management and Distribution Section, Power Systems, EMC & Space Environments Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Power Management and Distribution Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) in power management and distribution for space applications, both primary or secondary, platform or payload. In particular, the Section covers power system design, power and energy budget assessment, power conditioning and distribution design and technology, analogue electronics for power systems, control of power systems, digital control of power systems, sensing techniques and high-voltage technology and design. Within this domain of competence, the Section is also responsible for coordinating the Section’s laboratory activities in the ESA Space Power Laboratory, together with the Energy Storage Section.


  • providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the area of power management and power distribution throughout all project phases;
  • participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and 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.



Technical competencies
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Hands-on hardware experience
Project support experience in a relevant domain
Spacecraft systems knowledge
Hands-on laboratory experience
Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc)
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
A Master’s degree in electrical engineering is required.

Additional requirements

  • Experience in the design of power systems at early phase stages of space missions, and the use of relevant tools;
  • Experience in power system analysis, including power and energy budget assessment;
  • Knowledge of analysis and verification for the distribution system and secondary power system;
  • Experience in DC/DC converter design and verification;
  • Experience in power converter control;
  • Experience in the use of electrical simulation tools;
  • Experience in the power system support for Launch and Early Phase Operations (LEOPS) of space missions.

The following are considered assets:

  • Experience in digital control and FPGA programming;
  • Experience in the use of GaN and SiC switches for power conversion;
  • Knowledge of power processing units (PPU) for propulsion systems.

For a complete job description, click on “apply”.
The closing date for applications is 30 June 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, Lithuania 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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