Vacancy in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.
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.
This is a non-renewable post for a limited duration until 31 December 2026 and is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.
This opportunity is open for the specific needs of a National Project. Accordingly, the external candidate selected for this post will continue to be considered an external candidate for the purposes of any future applications to the Agency.
ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
We are recruiting for the position of System Performance and PDGS Engineer for a National Earth Observation Project (for Spain and Greece).
On all technical and programmatic matters, you will report to the Project Manager of the selected National Mission.
You will be technically responsible for the proactive monitoring of the system end-to-end performance, including the consolidation of the performance requirements, monitoring their evolution and supporting their verification and validation until Flight Acceptance Review. Additionally, you will proactively monitor the architectural definition of the Payload Ground Data Segment, its requirements establishment and evolution, its associated procurement (to cover all required functionalities and services) and its final verification and PDGS acceptance review.
You will work in close cooperation with your team members, in particular the spacecraft and payload engineers, to assess the design evolution and the instrument and spacecraft design’s compliance with the performance allocation. You will support the Project Manager on all technical and programmatic aspects pertinent to the system performance and PDGS.
Your tasks and responsibilities will include:
A master’s in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline is required.
Consolidated experience in the optical instruments domain and ground processing systems is required. You should also:
Knowledge of the following would be considered a strong asset:
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.
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.
The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.
Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service.
Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.