Space Debris Engineer

Application deadline
Vendredi, mars 13, 2020
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You will have the opportunity to provide engineering support to the Space Debris Office at ESOC’s premises in Darmstadt, Germany.  

Tasks and Activities
  • Support mission customers for the compliance verification analysis task
  • Contribute to mission milestone reviews for compliance aspects w.r.t. mitigation guidelines
  • Perform, in support of missions, runs with DRAMA, Scarab and Snappshot and document the results
  • Follow-up external research, as well as internal Research Fellow and OSIP activities and plan/adapt internal work accordingly
  • Support CDF sessions
  • Support the definition of the studies for TDE, GSTP and other ESA programs in the area of space debris.
  • Provide Training on OPS-SD software and processes to internal and external trainees also in training sessions not organised by ESA
  • Routine operation of  ESA’s conjunction event prediction system for internal and external customers (apart from Copernicus missions)
  • Detailed analysis and consultancy in the case of a high-risk conjunction event in liaison with the Flight Control Teams, external customers and Flight Dynamics
  • Contributions to the Maintenance, evolution and upgrade of ESA’s conjunction event prediction system and documentation including procedures
  • Contributions to LEOPs where expertise on space debris is required
  • Contributions to the development of the Consolidated Astrodynamics Platform, Debris Mitigation Facility, and applications based on them
  • Contributions to the evolution and upgrade of ESA’s DISCOS database system and systems based thereon
  • Contribute the ESA’s re-entry forecasting process
  • Standby for project support in the areas of the Space Safety Programme
  • Support to the interfacing with external entities, such as CSpOC for the analysis of conjunction events
  • Participate to the offices regular monthly infrastructure coordination meetings
  • Participate to the office’s regular routine meetings
  • Present and promote ESA achievements recent research and work performed at the Space Debris Office at international conferences (once per year), and support related public relation or outreach activities
  • Support the organisation of conferences and workshops, and run space debris office demonstration towards VIP tours in the space debris facility
  • Provision of technical expertise to the ESA Technical Responsible in responding to TV, broadcast and newspaper interview requests on space debris.
Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • You have a relevant university degrees in the field of either astronomy, mathematics, engineering, or physics
  • You are able to apply knowledge to develop solutions to technical  (mathematical and dynamical) problems in cooperation with customers and other experts
  • You are able to define, implement, validate and operate software which applies the above solutions (using  at least Linux scripting languages, Fortran, C++,  Python)
  • You possess a good communication and presentation skills
  • You are fluent in English, both in speech and writing
  • You are able to coordinate and interact with other service providers in associated fields as well as (internal and external) customers of services provided by the Space Debris Office.
  • You are able to work independently, but communicate effectively and efficiently within a larger team.
  • You understand the way the CDF works
  • You understand the way the IADC works
  • You understand the way the Space Safety Program works
  • You understand the way flight dynamics and spacecraft control teams work
  • You possess negotiation skills
  • You are able to coordinate Systems and Reference Frames
  • You have knowledge of and experience in Orbital Mechanics
  • You have knowledge of System engineering
  • You have experience with Space Debris Matters (observation, modelling, mitigation, risk assessment)
  • You have experience with orbit determination aspects
  • You have experience with space surveillance techniques and principles
  • You have experience with re-entry aerothermodynamics principles and tools
  • You have experience in software engineering
  • You have experience with support to Outreach activities
  • You have experience in software versioning, continuous integration and deployment, and configuration management
  • You have experience with database systems, in particular the use of SQL in postgreSQL
  • You have a basic understanding of the hardware (PCs, RAID, back up mechanisms …)
  • You are ensuring a seamless operation of the software systems in routine processes, retrieval of the necessary data
  • On-call support requested in line with the technical requirements and pre-arranged shift work outside normal working hours during LEOPs

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • You are familiar with the ESOC environment
  • You are familiar/experienced with Space Debris tasks
  • You have experience in dealing with external interfaces
  • You have experience with Linux, network services and protocols, and system administration
  • You have the ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities; multiple missions simultaneously.    


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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