SAR Performance Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [B168]

Field(s) of expertise
Electronics Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a tpgroup company, is recruiting a SAR Performance 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 AIS Processing, Calibration and In-Orbit Commissioning Engineer will work within the Copernicus Sentinel-1 Project team and will report to the Sentinel-1 Payload Manager. The Candidate will be in charge of monitoring the status of the Automatic Identification of Ships (AIS) performance on the different Sentinel-1 spacecraft, in terms of prediction, assessment, analysis and computation.

The responsibilities include in particular:

  • Supervising, in close cooperation with the Payload team, the overall AIS instrument characterisation and AIS Processing Algorithm definition and development, whilst supporting the monitoring of the subsystem and component characterisation as required;
  • Monitoring the operation of the AIS, during the Launch and Early Orbit and Commissioning Phases for Sentinel-1 C to ensure that the performance is appropriate to fulfil the AIS instrument validation;
  • Supporting the Payload team, in his/her area of expertise, on the definition of the AIS Payload Assembly, Integration, Characterisation, Calibration and Verification approach;
  • Reviewing the project documentation as produced throughout the project lifetime in the area of instrument performance.;


  • Master’s degree in Electromagnetics Engineering
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of AIS performance parameter definition
  • Performance analysis tools and data processing techniques
  • Practical experience in the field of AIS Techniques and Performance computation
  • Knowledge of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Theory is highly desirable
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule;
  • 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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