Space Debris Engineer (19-23-034)

Job Description

We are looking for a Space Debris Engineer for our client ESOC. You will support both technical and public relations activities related to Space Debris Engineering. 

Technical Requirements:

  • 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 NPI activities and plan/adapt internal work accordingly
  • Support CDF sessions
  • Support the definition of the studies for GSTP and other ESA study 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
  • 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 Cleanspace and SSA, and the upcoming 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 monthly routine meeting
  • 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

In order to deliver the above requirements as efficiently as possible you will need to have demonstrated experience in the following:

  • A high degree of independence
  • Understand the way the CDF works
  • Understand the way the IADC works
  • Understand the way the SSA/Space Safety Program works
  • Negotiation skills
  • Coordinate Systems and Reference Frames
  • Orbital Mechanics
  • System engineering
  • Space Debris Matters (observation, modelling, mitigation, risk assessment)
  • Orbit determination aspects
  • Space surveillance techniques and principles
  • Re-entry aerothermodynamics principles and tools
  • Software engineering
  • Public Relations and Media Interviews
  • Versioning systems and configuration management
  • Database systems, in particular the use of SQL in postgreSQL
  • Basic understanding of the hardware (PCs, RAID, back up mechanisms …)
  • Ensuring a seamless operation of the software systems in routine processes, retrieval of the necessary data
  • On-call support in line with the technical requirements.

Required Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 4 years' work experience
  • A relevant university degree in the field of either astronomy, mathematics, engineering, or physics
  • The skills to apply knowledge to develop solutions to technical (mathematical and dynamical) problems in cooperation with customers and other experts
  • The ability to define, implement, validate and operate software which applies the above solutions (using at least Linux scripting languages, Fortran, C++, Python)
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in English, both in speech and writing
  • 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.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Familiar with the ESOC environment
  • Experienced with Space Debris tasks
  • Experience in dealing with external interfaces
  • Experience with Linux, network services and protocols, and system administration
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities; multiple missions simultaneously.
  • On-call service (7 weeks estimated) required
  • One international and European mission is foreseen annually


Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany



Start of Work: August 2019

Application Deadline: 19 June 2019

Important Notes

Before applying to this position, please read the page How to Apply.
Applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid work and residence permit for the above-mentioned work location.
Security, identity and reference checks on the candidates are part of the recruitment process.

Job Application

Please send your applications electronically to before the application deadline 19 June 2019.