Solar Generators Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [9652]

Field(s) of expertise
Electronics Engineering
Job type

About this job

Serco is a leading Space Services Provider with thousands of skilled resources that has supported over 50 space missions on behalf of more than 10 Space or Government agencies around the globe, including the ESA and NASA. Serco offers space capability across the full space lifecycle from satellite testing to Launch services, LEOP to spacecraft operations, space surveillance to data management, and supporting downstream application development. With over 55 years history in the space sector Serco is well placed to contribute to National strategies and New Space ventures who want to scale their businesses/organizations with skilled talent.

We are looking for a dynamic Solar Generators Engineer to join our team at the esteemed ESA-ESTEC site in the Netherlands. This is a fantastic opportunity to get into one of the most sought-after space agencies in the world.


  • The functional support to ESA spacecraft programmes (and other European projects, if required) for space solar generator design, manufacturing and testing, including the provision of independent, technical assessment in Project Reviews.
  • The definition, promotion and implementation of the technological research programme for advanced photovoltaic generator technology, including solar cells, photovoltaic assembly processes and components (e.g. cover-glasses), solar generator subsystems, environmental effects models, testing methods and test facilities.
  • The maintenance of the ESA solar generator laboratory facilities and the execution of engineering and qualification tests.
  • The definition and implementation of European standards in the solar generator domain.
  • Provision of functional support to one or several ESA satellite projects.
  • Monitoring of qualification and test programs for body mounted and deployable solar arrays utilizing advanced solar cells.
  • Supervision of industrial contracts for research and development of solar cells and modules (including next generation multi-junction solar cell and solar generator technologies, concentrator systems and experiments on space environmental effects on the solar generators).
  • Assistance to the EPG section team on solar array related design and qualification issues and in the execution of characterisation and environmental tests of solar cells, modules and solar generators.


  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Semiconductor Physics.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in multi-junction space solar cells technology.
  • Knowledge of space solar array design and technologies.
  • Experience in space photovoltaic assembly (PVA) technology.
  • Knowledge of the main characterisation and environmental tests for space solar cells and solar generators
  • Familiarity with European Space Standard (ECSS) requirements.
  • Experience in technical contract management.
  • Comfortable with working in a diverse and multinational team environment.
  • Proficient in English language, both written and spoken.
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset.



Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.


What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Comprehensive package of benefits offered by the company.
  • Assistance with relocation can be provided, details available upon request.
  • Engaging company events to foster team spirit.
  • Reimbursement of public transport expenses.
  • Access to a variety of sports and recreational activities at ESTEC Escape Recreation Centre.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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