Space Environment and Effects Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [EPS815]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering Information Technology
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a tpgroup company, is recruiting a Space Environment and Effects Engineer for Sapienza to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC).

Sapienza has been a partner of ESA for almost 30 years, and we pride ourselves in supporting a wide range of missions including Galileo, MTG, Copernicus and ExoMars. Our team is international with activities across the U.K., the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.


  • Analyses space plasma and microparticle environments and their effects on spacecraft
  • Contributing to the development of space weather systems, including system definition and reviews, model development, testing of developed methods and establishment services.
  • Contributing to the definition of required space weather hardware (e.g. instrumentation) and software developments, and subsequently assisting in the monitoring of industrial contracts.
  • Contributing to the preparation of ECSS engineering standards (ECSS-E-10-04, ECSS-E-10-12, ECSS-E-20, etc.).
  • Supporting the section with the maintenance of computational infrastructure for providing space environments and effects analysis support, including web site upgrade and updating, software testing, software implementation and maintenance.
  • Reviewing contractor documents in this domain and in areas where environmental effects may have an impact.
  • Supporting the activities of technology research and development contracts regarding the above areas, including direct interfaces with the contractors, participating in progress meetings and reviews, as requested, and providing appropriate feed-back on the progress and discussions.
  • Communicating with the project contractor companies or partner organizations, participating in progress meetings and reviews, as requested by project work, and providing appropriate feedback on the achieved progress and discussions.
  • Providing high quality reports and documentations on analyses.
  • Producing presentations for project staff.
  • Contributing to scientific and technical papers (when requested).


  • PhD or Master’s Degree in space plasma, microparticle and/or other space environment aspects together with related IT experience
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience
  • Advanced knowledge is required of computer programming in Fortran, C and Java under Unix, Windows and possibly VMS and/or C++ and Java under Unix
  • Previous experience in using advanced software tools (e.g. databases, simulators) and WWW technologies for science and engineering and/or using advanced software tools (specifically including the Geant-4 Monte-Carlo toolkit) and WWW technologies for science and engineering of interactions of radiation with matter and systems.
  • Knowledge of the space radiation environments and effects, and the associated modelling techniques.
  • Specific knowledge of the interactions of the plasma environment in space with spacecraft, along with the computational methods used to evaluate the interactions.
  • Familiarity with the SPIS spacecraft plasma interaction system would be an advantage
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset

Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU

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