Vacature 2 System Engineer

2 System Engineer in Noordwijk Zh

Aeolus-2 System Engineer

Job Requisition ID: 18149

Closing Date: 23 November 2023 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Directorate: Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes

Publication: Internal & External

Vacancy Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 2 November 2023

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands


System Engineer for the Aeolus-2 Satellite in the Meteorological Programmes of the Earth Observation Projects Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.

Aeolus-2 is planned as an operational follow-on to the successful Aeolus Earth Explorer mission, in collaboration with EUMETSAT for a series of two satellites. The primary payload for Aeolus-2 is a Doppler Wind Lidar designed to measure atmospheric winds through the measurement of Doppler shifts in the backscatter of emitted laser light from molecules and aerosols in the atmosphere. In addition, a Radio Occultation instrument will be carried if feasible.

The Aeolus-2 programme was approved at the ESA Council meeting at ministerial level in November 2022 and is currently in the final stages of Phase A2/B1 and in preparation for Phase B2/C/D/E procurement. An Instrument Consolidation Study and various technology pre-development activities are ongoing.


You will report to the Aeolus-2 System and Operations Manager and will support the finalisation of parallel System Accommodation Studies, the Instrument Consolidation Study and various pre-developments and the preparation of the phase B2/C/D/E procurement activities. You will then support the Aeolus-2 mission for the system engineering aspects during the programme development phases (B2/C/D/E).

Your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • support for the preparation of the overall ITT for Phase B2/C/D/E1;
  • the definition, consolidation and maintenance of the Aeolus-2 space segment requirements;
  • coordination with the Aeolus-2 team to ensure the consistency of design, testing and performances with system-level needs;
  • management and monitoring of industrial activities for the system and platform (including AIV and operations) aspects;
  • assessment and review of the proposed space segment architecture and design, including identification of possible options, trade-offs and design/cost drivers;
  • critical analysis and maintenance of all system and satellite budgets and timely instigation of corrective actions where necessary;
  • assessment of the accommodation of the payload and review of the satellite-to-payload interfaces;
  • liaising with EUMETSAT and reviewing the ground segment design and compatibility with the space segment and operations requirements;
  • management of the space-to-ground interface;
  • management of and/or support for Aeolus-2 pre-development activities.

In carrying out these tasks, you will coordinate closely with other Aeolus-2 project team members and with support from the Directorates of Earth Observation Programmes and Technology, Engineering and Quality.

ESA space systems procurement, development and verification processes and standards

Management and delivery of space systems development projects within the agreed cost and schedule

Experience in multidisciplinary requirement management

Experience of managing technical interfaces between within ESA project team, and of the industrial consortium

Experience in multi-agency cooperative programmes


A master's in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline is required for this post.

Functie:system engineer 2
Salaris:onbekend – onbekend
Uren per week:1 – 40

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