Ground Segment Engineer

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands Application deadline: December 7, 2020 Reference number: 685
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RHEA Group is a growing international company, focusing on providing innovative, market-ready solutions and services in our key sectors of Space and Security for both commercial and institutional customers. We employ over 500 staff working across 10 different countries. We work with distinguished clients such as the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, NATO, European Commission, Canadian Government and national space agencies.

When you work for RHEA, you will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best talented minds and experts in our industries, either working at our clients sites on some of the most exciting space missions or on cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data  and ground systems within our own offices.

To attract the best candidates, RHEA offers our employees competitive remuneration packages, unique career opportunities, individualised training and development programmes and local relocation support to take the stress out moving to another country or city. We are recruiting now. We understand your concerns during this period of a global pandemic and we will work with you, at your pace ensuring your questions are answered and maximum flexibility is offered.

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

He/She will report functionally to the AWS (Artic Satellite Weather) Project Manager,and will be responsible for all aspects of the AWS Ground Segment.

The Ground Segment Engineer will coordinate with the System Support Division to ensure usage of common standards and methods, and access to the necessary resources on system support issues, where appropriate.

AWS is conceived as the prototype satellite (approx. 120 kg) for a future constellation of small satellites providing all-weather microwave sounding of the global atmosphere with frequent revisit observations over the Arctic region. The AWS prototype is being implemented as a dedicated ESA Programme Element under the Earth Watch Programme, while any future constellation will be implemented in cooperation with EUMETSAT. Launch of AWS is planned in early 2024.

The key person will support the definition and monitor the implementation of the Ground Segment and the preparation of the Spacecraft in-orbit Operations up to and including the commissioning phase. The Ground Segment consists of three elements, namely the Ground Station (GS), Monitoring and Control Segment (MCS) and Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS).

In carrying out the following tasks, the Ground Segment Engineer will coordinate closely with other AWS team members, and also with support from the Earth Observation Programmes and Technical and Quality Directorates.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Reviewing and assessing the proposed Ground Segment design, including:
    • identification of possible options, trade-offs and design / cost drivers;
    • guaranteeing compliance with requirement.
  • Coordinating with the AWS team to ensure Ground Segment design and compatibility with the system/operations, including:
    • consistency of design;
    • testing and performance with other elements of the system and future AWS constellation requirements.
  • Managing and monitoring industrial activities for the Ground Segment.
  • Supporting AWS project reviews.
  • Reviewing and verifying the space-to-ground interface in cooperation with the AWS team.
  • Liaising with EUMETSAT with respect to future AWS constellation Ground Segment optimisation.
  • Monitoring the definition of the Level-1 data processor and its implementation and the verification of its interfaces with PDGS;Supporting Ground Segment validation activities, including Satellite System Validation Tests (SSVTs).
  • Supporting the preparation of the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP), the Satellite In-Orbit Verification (SIOV) and Commissioning phases.

 Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • PhD or Master degree or equivalent qualification in engineering field or related subject, with minimum 4 years of experience.
  • Good practical, analytical and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively both autonomously and in a team.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Self-motivation and pro-active and results-oriented approach.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Previous experience in Ground Segment projects.
  • Experience in Earth Observation.
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RHEA Group is a growing international company, focusing on providing innovative, market-ready solutions and services in our key sectors of Space and Security for both commercial and institutional customers. We employ over 500 staff working across 10 different countries. We work with distinguished clients such as the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, NATO, European Commission, Canadian Government and national space agencies.

When you work for RHEA, you will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best talented minds and experts in our industries, either working at our clients sites on some of the most exciting space missions or on cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data  and ground systems within our own offices.

To attract the best candidates, RHEA offers our employees competitive remuneration packages, unique career opportunities, individualised training and development programmes and local relocation support to take the stress out moving to another country or city. We are recruiting now. We understand your concerns during this period of a global pandemic and we will work with you, at your pace ensuring your questions are answered and maximum flexibility is offered.

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