Vacature Gateway Mission Services System Engineer

Gateway Mission Services System Engineer in Noordwijk Zh

Gateway Mission Services System Engineer

Job Requisition ID: 18259

Closing Date: 18 December 2023 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Directorate: Directorate of Operations

Publication: Internal & External

Vacancy Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 4 December 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


The goal of ESA's Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes (HRE) is to secure Europe's central role in global space exploration, deliver new results in both basic and applied science and offer a compelling vision of global endeavour, enriching society and inspiring the next generations. Our strategy involves three destinations where humans will work with robots to gather new knowledge: low Earth orbit (LEO) on the International Space Station, the Moon and Mars. The Directorate's teams who work on these projects come from all ESA Member States and cover a variety of disciplines, mainly oriented towards engineering and science.

The LEO and Lunar groups are working together to prepare for the operations of the ESA elements of the Gateway. Their work includes the definition and then development of the facilities, tools and processes needed for the long-term ground and flight operations of the ESA elements.

The HRE Engineering Team (HRE-OE) is responsible for the operational engineering aspects of the Human Exploration programmes. As Gateway Mission Services System Engineer, you will be part of HRE-OE, fully delegated to the Gateway Programme (HRE-L) and assigned as integrated support from the Segment System and Cybersecurity Engineering Section, Ground Systems Engineering and Innovation Department , Directorate of Operations.

You will be responsible for designing and implementing changes and updates to the HRE ground segment and ensuring it is ready in time to support Gateway operations preparation activities and then full flight operations, as well as for managing all systems and tools required for the execution of the Gateway missions.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • analysing and defining the end-to-end ground segment needs of the ESA Gateway Programme, including overall coordination of the activities needed to prepare the ground segment for Gateway operations. For this task, you will participate in various ESA and Gateway Programme Working Groups, Panels and Boards;
  • defining and managing the changes to the existing ISS infrastructure required to meet the Gateway and future Programme needs (evolution of Columbus Control Centre into the Human Exploration Control Centre). This will involve the monitoring and control systems, simulators, network upgrades, infrastructure upgrades, support rooms and operational tools;
  • placing and managing external and internal contracts/work packages to ensure all the elements are built and ready in a timely manner;
  • supporting day-to-day coordination with NASA and the international partners on the definition and documentation of the required changes to interfaces, systems and processes;
  • managing the interface with ESOC and NASA to ensure the ESA-provided ground stations are integrated into the Gateway Programme, tested and ready to support operations;
  • supervising the Gateway operations integration and testing activities required for operations preparation activities, the launch of the ESA elements and the sustaining phase of the ESA Gateway elements;
  • supervising the development of all documentation and procedures/processes for the ESA Gateway ground operations in cooperation with the international partners (including NASA and JAXA);
  • defining the operational, data, hardware, software, tools and systems to be provided by or to the international partners and capturing this in multilateral agreements and/or documentation;
  • participate in periodic meetings with the parent Division, contributing to the transfer of technical knowledge and lessons learned across the Agency.

Technical competencies

Candidates should have professional experience in the end-to-end development and operations of ground systems

Candidates should have a background in ground segment engineering and AIV

Experience of interfacing with industry, international partners and European national agencies is required

Practical experience in networking and associated security is required, especially in the context of interconnecting geographically separated complex systems


A master's in an engineering or scientific discipline is required for this post.

Additional requirements

Experience in space-related ground segment operations would be an asset.

Knowledge and experience of human-rated spaceflight systems would also be an asset.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations.

The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email .

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

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