End-to-end Simulations Engineer

Reference nr: 080

Location: Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Application deadline: 12 December, 2016


RHEA Group is currently recruiting an End-to-end Simulations Engineer to support EOP-SF for Mission and System Studies at our client’s premises in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Support the definition and development of the End-to-End (E2E) Mission Performance Simulators for future EO missions
  • Contributing to ensure the technical coherency and completeness of the simulation of the observation system, including, as needed, functional analysis, system level budgeting, system performance analyses, modelling of spacecraft and/or payload subsystems and related data processing to meet system and mission requirements
  • Install and use those E2E simulators on the EOP-SF IT infrastructure for mission performance evaluation and system trade-offs for future EO missions
  • Ensure a consistent evolution and maintenance of the E2E simulators and a proper configuration and storage of the relevant input/output data sets
  • Initiate and support work in the area of modelling of system or sub-system aspects (spacecraft, payload, ground processing) for E2E simulators and System Engineering Tools
  • Support the development of generic building blocks and modules, and aim at maximum synergy and reuse of those building blocks and modules from one E2E simulator to the next making use of ESA OpenSF infrastructure
  • Participate to the development of System Engineering Tools for preliminary analysis and sizing of future EO missions
  • Use the above System Engineering Tools for system trade-offs, preliminary sizing and performance evaluation of future EO missions


Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • MSc in Engineering
  • General knowledge of ESA Earth Observation missions
  • Background in space system engineering
  • Experience in mission analysis
  • Good communication and technical writing skills
  • Good organisation skills
  • Capability to coordinate a large amount of inputs, synthesise, summarise and take conclusions
  • A proactive approach, with initiative and capability to work independently
  • Problem-solving oriented attitude
  • Solid background on IT and computer programming
  • Experience on modelling and simulation of observing system characteristics (spacecraft, payload, ground processing, orbit…) and how they impact mission data quality and relate to system requirements and scientific goals is desirable
  • Versatility to adapt to the specificities of each mission considering the wide range of possible EO observation techniques (e.g. optical/microwave, passive/active, imager/sounder, nadir/limb observation…) and platforms (e.g. mini/micro/nanosatellite), orbits (Sun-Synchronous or drifting, LEO/MEO/GEO/HEO)
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Experience with system performance simulation is an asset
  • Knowledge on optimisation techniques is an asset
  • MATLAB, Python, STK, MS Excel and CAD software knowledge is an asset



Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of SECRET or above.

Publication date:October 26, 2016

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