Non-Metallic Materials and Processes Engineer

Application deadline
Jeudi, juin 28, 2018
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You will have the opportunity to provide engineering support to the Materials & Processes Section at the European Space Agency’s premises.

Tasks and Activities
  • Act as Project Focal Point with a non-metallic materials and processes expert role for defined ESA projects, reporting to the Projects Engineering as well as Product Assurance and Safety Managers, including participation to Projects meetings, reviews and audits;
  • Support Materials and Processes reviews, Materials and Processes Control Boards (MPCB’s) and participate as Engineering and/or PA Board Member in ESA Programme reviews milestones;
  • Review Declared Materials, Parts and Processes Lists (DMLs, DPLs, and DMPLs) as well as RFAs, RFDs/RFWs, ECPs, etc.;
  • Perform laboratory characterisation and verification for space use on spacecraft and launchers of a variety of non-metallic materials as well as all associated manufacturing processes;
  • Analyse the behaviour and perform failure investigation of non-metallic materials and their associated manufacturing processes using a variety of laboratory equipment, among others NDI, physic-chemical laboratory simulation, testing and analysis, thermal analysis, chemical analysis, physical and microscopic analysis, surface analysis, spectroscopic analysis, etc.
  • Support major Non-Conformances Review Board activities, perform failure analysis and failure investigation using a variety of laboratory tools and drafting of related reports;
  • Contribute to the establishment issuing and implementation of standards for the development and the procurement of space grade materials;
  • Support the operation and regular updating of the associated management information tools and system databases, including dedicated materials and processes databases;
  • Participate to the Division/Section R&D strategy definition and implementation, while supporting issuing roadmaps and strategic papers related to the Division/Section disciplines;
  • Support the preparation, issuing and management of the technology roadmaps for advanced non-metallic materials and processes developments;
  • Support the definition and implementation of the Research and Technology activities in the domain of non-metallic materials, structural ceramics and related manufacturing processes and coating systems;
  • Support the evaluation of proposals for technology R&D activities on their technical merit, consistency and priorities and recommendation for ESA endorsement;
  • Support the coordination of technology R&D activities, monitoring of the procurement implementation, evaluation and reporting of the achieved results and lessons learnt to the relevant ESA Directorates and key Partners;
  • The technical competence shall especially cover deep experience of the following materials classes and technologies:
    • Processing/production, testing, and performance evaluation of carbon-fibre reinforced composites.
    • Processing (e.g. joining, surface treatments), testing, and performance evaluation of metallic materials (e.g. Al-alloys, Ti-alloys).
    • Processing of polymeric materials and their joining technologies.
Skills and Experience
  • You have PhD or Master degree in materials sciences or mechanical engineering.
  • You have a minimum 4 years of experience in materials and processes engineering.
  • You have a good knowledge about general materials test methodologies and especially experience in mechanical testing and fatigue life assessment.
  • You have experience in defining and executing test plans for materials qualification and process validation.
  • You have the capability to take decisions for selection of materials and processes for space applications.


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

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