Robotic Operations Engineer (21-23-019)

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced Robotic Operations Engineer to work as a consultant for our client ESA. You will provide support to the Mission Operations Definition Unit in the Solar System and Exploration Missions Division at ESOC and contribute to the definition phase activities in the field of mission operations for future ESA missions. Your tasks will include, but not be limited to:


  • Support of mission operations definition activities (Pre-phase A, A/B1) by contributing to interdisciplinary concurrent design team phase preparations as mission operations expert, primarily aimed at lunar surface missions
  • Coordinate, prepare and execute robotic surface mission simulation campaigns (e.g., as field trail tests or software-in-the-loop simulations)
  • Support to the management, implementation, and operation to the European Relay Coordination Office (ERCO)
  • Manage and contribute to research, technology and innovation activities 


Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree (or equivalent, including experience) in the engineering, physics, or computer science (or similar) domains
  • Relevant experience in robotics, such as design, programming and operations
  • Experience in working in an operational environment and good knowledge in both the space and ground segment and all their respective sub-systems
  • Relevant experience in preparation and execution of System Validation Tests (SVTs) and Simulation campaigns for the experiments as well as acceptance of operations systems such as the METERON Operations Environment (MOE) or GSTVi
  • Familiarity in mission operations definition activities
  • The ability to maintain a system overview is essential. This ability must be exercised within a multi-disciplinary context in cooperation with other teams, covering several different data processing levels and instruments
  • Ability to learn and develop the needed skills and knowledge to contribute to the definition phase activities in the field of mission operations. This includes the ability to rapidly absorb, and make use of, information presented in written and oral communications in a dynamic context
  • Systematic approach to work, be able to plan the work and to cope with tight schedules and multiple tasks and to write accurate and consistent technical documentation
  • Familiarity with effective teamwork principles and team building aspects


Desirable Skills and Experience


  • Practical knowledge of the following will be a distinct advantage:
  • Knowledge of satellite or ground operations, or non-space operational environments
  • Familiarity with ISS operational procedures (PODFs)
  • Familiarity with programming/scripting languages (e.g., C++, Java, Python)
  • Experience with Linux, network services and protocols, and system administration.


Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany

Application Deadline: 31 October 2021

Start of Work: November - January 

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 31 October 2021.