Software & Validation (On-Board & Ground) Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [SWF830]

Field(s) of expertise
Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a tpgroup company, is recruiting a Software & Validation (On-Board & Ground) 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.


The Candidate will be assigned to ESA/ESTEC’s Flight Software Systems Section of the Software Systems Division within the directorate of Technical and Quality Management, in the function of on-board software system engineer, and will be in charge of the following tasks:

  • Supporting a variety of ESA space missions in the field of real-time embedded software and systems;
  • Participating in the full development lifecycle of the mission and on-board software;
  • Identifying technical risks and critical areas in the development process while assisting in their resolution;
  • Applying the principles of mission & safety critical software development across multiple disciplines
  • Providing expert technical support and consultancy to general activities in the field of real-time embedded software systems, flight software systems development and software validation facilities focused on both simulated environments and hardware in the loop.


  • Master’s degree in computer science, electronic engineering, space systems engineering, telecommunications, mathematics or related discipline.
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in real-time embedded software (e.g. SPARC LEON processors, ARM, RISC-V, etc; multicore platforms, IMA/TSP, RTOS,…).
  • Knowledge of all phases of the software development lifecycle (e.g. requirements engineering, design, coding, V&V, functional validations at system level, support to operations, agile methodology…).
  • Experience in software development projects (e.g. C/C++, Ada & assembly programming languages; SW development environments, SW Validation facilities and ground testbeds & support equipment)
  • Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities (e.g. elaboration of statement of work, user specifications, proposal evaluation, supplier interactions, monitoring progress and quality, acceptance,…).
  • Experience with Space Software Engineering Standards and their application, or equivalent standards in other domains.
  • Spacecraft systems knowledge, and experience with SW Development for satellite platforms and/or payloads (e.g. experience with avionics subsystems and integrated flight hardware) would be an advantage.
  • A good understanding of modern software engineering methods and tools, R&D trends and the industrial landscape.
  • 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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