Vacature System Engineer

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Future EO System Engineer

Job Requisition ID: 18156

Closing Date: 6 December 2023 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Directorate: Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes

Publication: Internal & External

Vacancy Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 15 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


Future Earth Observation System Engineer in the Mission and System Studies Section, Future Missions and Instruments Division, Future Missions and Architecture Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes (D/EOP).


You will have full or partial responsibilities in some or all of the following areas:

  • defining, initiating and managing industrial activities, including pre-Phase A and mission/architecture studies for future EO missions and Phase A for missions not yet approved for implementation, ensuring handover to the Project Department after approval;
  • initiating and performing internal studies to assess the results of industrial activities;
  • ensuring the technical coherence of the system design, including system-level budgets, system performance analyses, definition of spacecraft and payload subsystems and related data processing;
  • contributing to the evaluation of industrial and scientific proposals, in particular for Earth Explorers, Scout missions and missions of opportunity;
  • contributing to the preparation of scientific and technical dossiers on ESA EO missions;
  • supporting InCubed proposal evaluation and follow-up of EO upstream activities;
  • contributing to the analysis of EO development undertaken by other space agencies in Europe and worldwide, as well as commercial initiatives such as those performed in the context of New Space;
  • contributing to the specification and development of mission analysis, mission performance and system-sizing tools used in the Future Missions and Instruments Division.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of ESA's development, verification and procurement processes

Knowledge of optical and/or microwave remote sensing techniques and an understanding of EO user needs

Background in space engineering with a systems orientation and an end-to-end view of Earth observation missions

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking


A master's degree or PhD in engineering or physics is required for this post.

Additional requirements

  • You will be expected to contribute to a dynamic and creative environment in preparatory phases of EO missions.
  • You should have good interpersonal skills and be able to work, coordinate and interact within small teams as well as autonomously.
  • At least six years' relevant experience in space mission preparation and/or development is required.
  • You should have experience in technical negotiations, risk assessment and managing uncertainties.
  • Experience in working in a team or project environment is desirable.
  • Familiarity with EO spaceborne instrumentation and experience of spaceborne hardware development and system performance evaluation is desirable.

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

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