On-Board Payload Data Processing Engineer

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You will have the opportunity to provide engineering support encompassing hardware, software and system aspects in the On-board Payload Data Processing Section at our client’s premises in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.  

Tasks and Activities
  • Payload data acquisition, processing and storage chains, which can be further divided into

    • Data acquisition chain

      • ADC/ DAC interfaces

      • Sensor readout electronics

      • Analog signal conditioning

    • Data processing units

      • Concept, design and test of data processing units

      • Implementation of payload data processing functions on processors (e.g. DSP, GPU or uProcessor) and FPGAs based platforms

      • Trade-off analysis and verification of the performance in simulation and hardware

    • Instrument controller

      • Concept, design and test of payload computers

      • Knowledge of applied memory technologies

    • Mass Memory storage units

      • Concept, design and test of mass memories and the applied memory technologies

      • Knowledge of file based systems and the CFTP protocol

      • HW/ SW partitioning and corresponding trade-offs

  • High speed networks for data transmission and command & control

    • Experience with high speed serial link based systems and the testing of these interfaces

    • SpaceWire, SpaceFibre and related protocols

    • Protocols providing quality of service, reliability, determinism and FDIR

    • Ethernet based systems based on Powerlink, AFDX or similar is an asset

    • Validation of signal and image processing algorithms via simulation techniques (e.g. Matlab, prototyping SW)

  • Specific engineering support in the above domains to mainstream ESA space projects, mainly for (but not restricted to) the development and testing phases.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • You have a Master’s degree with at least 4 years of relevant work experience in the domain.

  • You have experience in defining payload data processing systems architectures.

  • You have extensive knowledge in signal and image processing techniques and devices.

  • You have extensive experience in procurement of spaceflight hardware units, sub-systems integration and testing in the space industry

  • You have knowledge in spaceflight electronics design related to data acquisition, processing and storage functions, as well as constraints of the space environment.

  • You have wide knowledge in communication networks principles, standards and their implementation

  • You are able to work in an autonomous manner, in particular when providing support to projects with high time allocations and this in coordination with the line manager.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • You have experience in VHDL programming, including reconfiguration and partial reconfiguration techniques 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.

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