Spacecraft Operations Engineer for CryoSat-2 and Swarm (19-23-042)

Job Description

We are looking for a Spacecraft Operations Engineer to support our customer ESOC with the Cryosat-2 and Swarm missions. The selected engineer will perform activities in the data handling subsystem, with the possibility to provide support to other subsystems. For example, he/she may be involved in testing, validation and operation of the Mission Control System, Mission Planning System, Simulator and other ground mission data systems.
Throughout the duration of the support, the engineer may be involved in other Earth Observation missions.
The main activities will be:

  • Preparation and execution of nominal and contingency flight operations procedures.
  • Coordination of operations with ESA internal and external partners.
  • Execution of Mission Planning.
  • Production of procedures, validation test plans and reports for project specific software and systems (both Ground and Space related).
  • Participation in systems test campaigns, training and simulation programmes.
  • General flight control support service including on-call.
  • Spacecraft performance monitoring and reporting on regular basis.
  • Anomaly investigation and resolution.

Please note that travel around Europe may be requested as part of the support.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Strong technical background in Data Handling area.
  • Proven knowledge of hardware embarked on ESA spacecraft.
  • Good understanding of real-time operating software.
  • Broad knowledge and experience with modern software.
  • On-board software management principles.
  • Good understanding of the PUS standard, the space-to-ground interface and on-board routing.
  • Capable of developing basic software tools to support complex analysis and anomaly investigation.
  • Ability to work in an organised manner, with good reporting skills and reliable deadline meeting.
  • Fluency in English.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Former experience as Data Handling SOE.
  • Hands on familiarity with operational tools: MCS, Simulator, DB browser, MOIS or equivalent tool.
  • Hands-on familiarity in SVT and flight procedures development.
  • Familiarity with low Earth orbit satellites, including basic mission analysis and data handling observation scheduling aspects.
  • Familiarity with other platform subsystems will be a plus.
  • The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities, multiple subsystems and multiple missions simultaneously.

Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany


Start of Work: Mid October 2019

Application Deadline: 09 August 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 09 August 2019.