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Mission Analyst

European Space Agency


Posted over 30 days ago...


Join the European Space Agency and propel your career to new heights as a Mission Analyst, contributing to pioneering space exploration


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Darmstadt, Germany

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In-person- Darmstadt Germany

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is a beacon of innovation and diversity, inviting candidates from all backgrounds to be part of a team that values inclusivity and equal opportunity. With a mission to explore the cosmos and expand human knowledge, ESA offers an exhilarating environment for professionals passionate about space and committed to exploring the unknown. As a champion of diversity, ESA is especially encouraging women to bring their talents to the team.

  • Participate in mission analysis for various space projects, including orbit analysis and optimisation.
  • Develop and supervise advanced software tools vital for comprehensive space mission analysis.
  • Engage in complex analysis tasks like propellant budgeting, orbit determination, and planetary protection strategies.
  • A Master's degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics is essential.
  • Open-mindedness, technical proficiency, and proactive problem-solving are key.
  • Specialisation in all areas is not mandatory, but expertise in relevant fields is highly regarded.
  • Eligibility for access to controlled technology is a must.
  • Possibility of undergoing selection tests.
  • Recruitment is open to nationals from specified European countries and Canada.
  • Successful candidates will be subject to a background check.
  • Positions are generally filled within the A2-A4 grade band, with potential A1 level for less experienced candidates.

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

The Role: As a Mission Analyst in the Mission Analysis Section, Flight Dynamics Division, Ground Systems Engineering and Innovation Department, Directorate of Operations, you will participate in and organise mission analysis activities. You will need the ability to supervise and develop complex software tools to enable the required analysis activities. Your tasks include, among others, transfer and operational orbit analysis and related fields, such as trading off orbit selection, optimising low/high-thrust propulsion trajectories including surface descent and ascent, parametric optimisation taking different configurations into account, computing atmospheric entry trajectories and launch windows, propellant budget analysis, predicting orbit-derived data, orbit determination and navigation analysis, planetary protection, space debris mitigation, analysing satellite constellations for various purposes and formation flight.

Job Requirements: A Master's degree in engineering, physics or mathematics is required for this post. You should be open-minded, technically well informed and pro-active in identifying cutting-edge solutions. While knowledge in most of the areas is considered an asset it is acknowledged that many of them already require a specialisation and it is not a requirement to cover all of them.

Benefits: This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

Application Details: 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.

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.

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.


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