EuroQCI E2E Security Engineer

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ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands



As EuroQCI E2E Security Engineer, you will report to the EuroQCI/SAGA Implementation Manager in the Optical and Quantum Programme Office in the Systems, Strategic Programme Lines and Technology Department, Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications.


EuroQCI/SAGA is part of an EU initiative to provide European-wide quantum communications services. ESA is the design authority of EuroQCI, a Commission-led initiative which will consist of a terrestrial segment relying on fibre communications networks linking strategic sites at national and cross-border level, and a space segment based on satellites. It will be an integral part of IRIS², the new EU space-based secure communication system.


You will be the technical coordinator, in close cooperation with the ESA Security Office (ESO) and CSC SAGA security engineering, for the security engineering baseline, design, implementation and qualification and test in EuroQCI. You will be fully responsible of the end-to-end security engineering and system integration development of EuroQCI in full synergy with ESO as security risk management and assurance responsible. You will be managing the delivery of these security requirements and associated tasks through all phases of the acquisition lifecycle. You will also be required to develop and manage the security case at project level,  protecting assets through-life, ensuring that capability remains operational.


Your main tasks and responsibilities will cover:
•    being responsible for the EuroQCI security baseline documentation;
•    being responsible for EuroQCI security end-to-end system architecture, security operations, key management and cryptography;
•    coordinating the EuroQCI security risk assessment with ESA Security Office;
•    being responsible for security engineering for hardware elements (TEMPEST, KMS hardware, KMFs, HSMs, RNGs and data processing) for space and ground segments;
•    being responsible for software engineering for software related to key generation and management as well as other security-critical elements;
•    acting as the focal point for designing, supporting and maintaining EuroQCI cyber security processes and procedures;
•    providing the focus for building and maintaining asset maintenance cyber security policy, which includes support within EuroQCI remote systems, as well as end user systems and networks;
•    acting as a technical interface with the client (Member States and Commission) and industrial developers;
•    being responsible for design authority oversight of system upgrades, design changes and maintenance with respect to security;
•    building and maintaining security reference systems for the support system upgrades and patches;
•    collaborating with other teams to improve system security and monitoring;
•    acting as the technical responsible within the team on EuroQCI cyber and security, applying standard security techniques and architectures to mitigate security risks;
•    leading the development of security artefacts, including the EuroQCI security management plan, security cases and security case reports;
•    working in close cooperation with the SAGA Security Engineer and the ESA Security Office.

Technical competencies

Multidisciplinary knowledge of your area of responsibility
Knowledge of quantum communication security
Knowledge of network and satellite communication security
Experience in ensuring end-to-end security in complex communication systems
Knowledge of industrial costs and schedule aspects, space system development and PA standards
Complex project risk management processes
Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes

Behavioural competencies

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


A master’s in a relevant engineering discipline is required for this post.

Additional requirements

Your experience and qualifications should include:
•    development, systems engineering and integration of complex heterogenous systems and subsystems, including software;
•    system architecture and requirement decomposition;
•    requirement validation (SMART);
•    development of subsystem specifications to meet system requirements;
•    integration activities from component level up to systems level, including hardware and software elements;
•    competence in problem-solving and analytical techniques in a methodical and logical manner to solve integration challenges;
•    development of appropriate integration plans and procedures;
•    supporting Test Readiness Reviews/integration events;
•    integration and formal verification testing;
•    producing technical progress reports and test/trial reports;
•    ISO Standards – ISO27001 (Implementer experience).

Engineering experience in complex space programmes and up-to-launch and in-orbit testing is desirable.

Direct experience of working with the European Commission or a commercial telecommunications company and operator would be a distinct advantage.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

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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 for security clearance by their national security administrations.

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


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.


According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States*.


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.


In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level.

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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