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Space Environments and Effects Engineer

European Space Agency


Posted 2 weeks ago

Join the forefront of space exploration as an expert in space environments and effects at the renowned European Space Agency (ESA).


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Noordwijk, NL

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary: The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space. ESA works on exciting projects that push the boundaries of human knowledge and technology. As part of a team supporting ESA projects, you will directly contribute to advancing our understanding of space environments and their effects on spacecraft, playing a key role in mission success and technological innovation.

  • Provide expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects in space environments and effects.
  • Participate in studies, project reviews, and procurement evaluations.
  • Identify and assist in resolving critical development issues.
  • Contribute to defining technology requirements and work plans for technology programs.
  • Initiate and manage research and development activities.
  • Promote new applications for multidisciplinary activities with innovative concepts.
  • Perform laboratory activities and monitor scientific trends to maintain expertise.
  • Contribute to knowledge dissemination and the transfer across the Agency.
  • A master’s or PhD in physics, mathematics, IT, engineering, or a related field.
  • Detailed knowledge of space radiation environments and effects.
  • Proficiency in computational languages and IT infrastructure for space environment modeling.
  • Experience in space mission support and environment monitoring hardware development.
  • Fluency in English or French, with additional ESA member state languages being a plus.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. Women and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

You will join a team that supports ESA projects in the space environments and effects domain. This includes deriving environments along the mission trajectory, risk assessments to evaluate the effect of the environment on the spacecraft, and design mitigation. The environments covered are in general radiation, plasma, micrometeoroid and orbital debris, dust and neutral atmospheres. In addition to project support work, the section also performs R&D activities on environment models, risk assessment tools and environment monitors in terms of flight hardware, and maintains extensive collaboration networks in the relevant domains.

Your main tasks and responsibilities will include providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of space environments and effects throughout all project phases; participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals; identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution; contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes; defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering long- and short-term needs; fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures; carrying out laboratory activities as required; monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise; contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.

You will need a master’s or PhD in a relevant field, such as physics, mathematics, IT or engineering. Detailed knowledge of space radiation environments and effects and an in-depth knowledge of computational languages, tools and IT infrastructure applicable to the modelling and analyses of space environments and effects are required. A proven track record in related space mission/experiment project support activities and involvement in the necessary collaborations and experience in space environment monitoring hardware development are also necessary.

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. 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.


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