Earth Observation System Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12542]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for an Earth Observation System Engineer.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


  • managing the Phase A system studies, ensuring the technical coherence of the system design including system-level budgets, system performance analyses, definition of spacecraft and payload subsystems and the related data processing;
  • following and contributing to the pre-developments on the Laser Tracking Instrument, accelerometers and electric propulsion technologies, in coordination with the Optical Instruments Section and experts from D/TEC;
  • defining and updating system specifications, determining system requirements traceable to mission requirements and user needs in close cooperation with the Earth & Mission Science Division;
  • participating in the ESA-NASA Joint Engineering Team, fostering technical exchanges in order to consolidate the technical definition of the overall mission and the interfaces and work sharing between both Agencies, and coordinating with national agencies potentially interested in contributing to the mission;
  • helping to prepare quantum gravimetry technologies and sensor concepts;
  • helping to develop EO mission concepts relying on very high pointing capabilities
  • helping to prepare future EO missions, including:
  • defining, initiating and managing industrial activities to prepare future ESA EO missions, ensuring hand-over to the Project Department after approval;
  • initiating and performing internal studies to assess the results of industrial activities;
  • defining and updating system specifications throughout the preparatory phases of EO missions, in close cooperation with the Earth & Mission Science Division and the relevant Science/Mission Advisory Groups, supporting the establishment of mission requirements and determining system requirements traceable to mission requirements and user needs;
  • contributing to the evaluation of industrial and scientific proposals, in particular for Research Missions;
  • contributing to the preparation of scientific and technical dossiers on EO missions;
  • supporting InCubed proposal evaluation and follow-up of activities when related to EO systems;
  • contributing to the analysis of EO developments undertaken by other space agencies in Europe and worldwide, as well as commercial EO initiatives;
  • contributing to the specification and development of mission analysis, mission performance and system-sizing tools used in the Future Missions & Instruments Division.


Technical competencies
Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes
Familiarity with Earth gravity field measurement techniques and equipment, including accelerometers, laser tracking and drag compensation systems
Background in space engineering with systems orientation and end-to-end view of EO
A PhD or Master’s degree in engineering or physics is required for this post.
Additional requirements
You will be expected to contribute to a dynamic and creative environment during the preparatory phases of EO missions.
You should have good interpersonal skills and be able to work and interact within small teams as well as autonomously.
At least seven years’ relevant experience in space missions preparation and/or development. Experience in working in team/project environment is desirable.
Familiarity with various EO techniques and experience of hardware development and system performance evaluation are desirable.
For a complete job description, click on “apply”.
The closing date for applications is 22 August 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
About us
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