Ground and User Segment Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12341-24142]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Telecommunications Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a Ground and User Segment 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.


  • providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of ground and user segments for satellite navigation, telecom and Earth observation systems 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, placing 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 the 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
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape including technology roadmap definition
Spacecraft systems knowledge
Experience in preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation)
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
A Master’s degree in telecommunications, navigation, computer science or aerospace for this specific post is required.
Additional requirements
Concerning the ground and user segments of satellite navigation, telecom and Earth observation systems, you need to show:

  • Knowledge of the industrial landscape, value chains and markets
  • Broad understanding of applied engineering and generic knowledge of technological equipment, methods and applicable processes.
  • Knowledge and direct experience with the state-of–the-art technology for Radio Frequency Space Systems and understanding of the main technological issues.

It is considered an asset if you have expertise and several years’ professional experience in some of the following topics:

  • Satellite radio navigation systems, in particular technologies in the ground and user segments such as RF spatial and polarisation diversity, RF security and signal authentication, autonomous navigation, high accuracy positioning and integration with inertial sensors.
  • Satellite telecommunications, in particular technologies related to Space for 5G
  • Artificial intelligence applied to Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications user and/ or ground segments
  • Management of projects in the framework of ESA co-funding programmes such as GSTP, NAVISP and Incubed

For a complete job description, click on “apply”.
The closing date for applications is 02 September 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
We are the European Space Agency. Our mission is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. We watch over Earth, develop and launch inspiring and unique space projects, train astronauts and push the boundaries of science and technology, seeking answers to the big questions about the Universe. We are a family of scientists, engineers and business professionals from all over Europe working together in a diverse and multinational environment. We are dedicated to united space in Europe and united Europe in space. Learn more: http://www.esa.int/

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