Future Technology Engineer – Earth Observation

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands Application deadline: 6 October 2021 Reference number: 1034
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When you join us, you will work alongside recognized industry experts, either on our clients’ premises or in our offices across Europe and Canada. This is your opportunity to boost your career and shape the future of the space, security and systems engineering industries.

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On behalf of ESA, we are currently looking for a Future Technology Engineer to work in its Site (ESTEC) in the city of Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The key person will provide support to the Technology Coordination and Frequency Management Section (EOP-8MT), which is responsible for two following main tasks:

  • First, the identification of technology requirements for future Earth Observation (EO) missions. A solid collaboration with the other sections of the division and with other divisions in the EOP directorate and ESA’s technical directorate is essential for this work. The nature of the work requires a wide knowledge in engineering disciplines with a natural inclination for learning and understanding new technologies in connection to EO space systems.
  • Second, the analysis and monitoring of the evolution of frequency needs for EO missions, including early concepts and potential interference conflicts with other communication services sharing the spectrum.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Support the identification of the technology requirements for future Earth observations missions, covering the whole spectrum (mainly platform and ground stations network, but also support to optical and RF instruments).
  • Provide support to technology developments for future EO missions, in particular for the standardisation of the platform and for the communications with the ground segment.
  • Initiate, conduct internal studies and support the review of the results of industrial activities and in the area of technology development and modelling of end-to-end system (e.g. data flow, technical budgets) or on-board sub-system aspects.
  • Support the definition and monitoring of missions under preparation through, e.g. participation to reviews, assessment of industrial results, evaluation of proposals in reply to calls, including sub-system performance analyses or technology maturity aspects.
  • Support the EO technology observatory function outside the EOP Directorate (e.g. ESA Technology Harmonisation, ARTES), and also outside ESA (e.g. other space agencies, Horizon Europe in the EC, commercial initiatives under NewSpace, and the potential spin-in from non-space sectors).
  • Support the interaction within ESA and also with ESA’s Member Stateson EO future technologies e.g. through dedicated information days.
  • Building up relevant IT repositories with information about technology developments or new mission concepts of relevance to Earth Observation.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, with at least 4 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Relevant background and experience in space projects and associated technology developments.
  • Several years of experience in the development of advanced on-board system and sub-technologies for space applications, ideally in the EO domain.
  • Experience in Space Projects for Earth Observation.
  • Good knowledge of remote sensing techniques used in Earth Observation missions.
  • Experience in Matlab, STK or similar tools.
  • Pro-active in organising and building up electronic means to share the technology knowledge with larger groups.
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Experience with System (Performance) Simulation and End-to-End Satellite Data Flow, including data processing.
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Why join RHEA?

We are a growing international company, with over 650 staff working in 11 countries. Our teams are involved in innovative space missions and cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data and ground systems.

When you join us, you will work alongside recognized industry experts, either on our clients’ premises or in our offices across Europe and Canada. This is your opportunity to boost your career and shape the future of the space, security and systems engineering industries.

What we offer

  • Competitive remuneration packages
  • Unique career opportunities, including working in other countries
  • Personalized training and development programmes
  • Flexible relocation support
  • Stable company with a family atmosphere.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions before submitting an application, please get in touch – we are always happy to tell you more.

Contact our Recruitment team

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