Stratos Engineer (DLR)

Munich / Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, Serco Europe [9782]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace 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 currently seeking a Stratos Engineer to join our esteemed team at DLR’s Oberpfaffenhofen location, specifically within the Columbus Flight Operations Team. As a Stratos Engineer, you will be a vital part of our mission, responsible for the seamless operation and management of the Columbus Module within the International Space Station (ISS). Your expertise will contribute directly to the success of space missions, ensuring the reliability and functionality of critical systems onboard the ISS. Join us in shaping the future of space exploration and technology advancement.


  • Operate the Columbus Module in a shift work scheme, ensuring monitoring and control of its systems.
  • Prepare Increment time frames and specific tasks, such as Columbus system hardware and software modifications for the Columbus system.
  • Monitor telemetry and telecommand systems for the Columbus Module and payloads, including Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), Thermal Control System (TCS), Electrical Power and Distribution System (EPDS), Data Management System (DMS), Communications (COMMS), Mobile Payload Control Centre (MPCC), and Columbus-Ka (Col-Ka).
  • Conduct real-time product development, reviews, and updates to ensure operational readiness.
  • Support Configuration Management in the control room, maintaining system integrity and documentation.
  • Provide Stage Analysis Support services for Guideline and Constraints disposition, ensuring compliance with operational standards.
  • Deliver operations product services to standard operations products and participate in regular interface meetings, including the provision of the weekly Basic Station Columbus Power profile to NASA.
  • Assist in the EDIT process, contributing to the enhancement and optimization of operational procedures.
  • Offer operational expertise in handling ISS onboard emergency cases and support the Anomaly Resolution process on the ISS level.
  • Support Mission Flight Database (MFDB) management and preparation services, ensuring accurate data records.
  • Assist the Columbus Onboard Software Cycle Transition Team in the implementation of software updates and transitions.
  • Provide Increment preparation and near-real-time increment execution support services, ensuring smooth mission operations.
  • Undergo training, including a 6-month training period with classroom lessons, on-the-job training, and simulations, leading to successful certification for on-console work.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in space engineering, aerospace engineering, or a related field.
  • 1 to 3 years of experience in satellite operations, spacecraft systems engineering, or a similar role.
  • In-depth knowledge of spacecraft systems and subsystems, telemetry and telecommand systems, and configuration management processes.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to handle emergencies and troubleshoot complex systems.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized, capable of managing multiple tasks and priorities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a shift work scheme, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Comfortable with working in a diverse and multinational team environment.
  • Proficient in the 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.



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.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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