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    Full-time Position
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    Other Science and Tech
  • Languages
    English French
  • Experience Required
    1 - 2 Years
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      January 01,2021
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    AIV Engineer

    AIV (Assembly, Integration & Verification) Engineer in the Test Support Section, Test Centre Division, Mechanical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

    The Test Support Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological R&D in AIV/AIT, focusing mainly on environmental testing.


    You will report to the Head of Section and your main tasks and responsibilities will, within the above technical fields, include:

    • providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the area of AIV throughout all project phases;
    • supporting definition and feasibility studies for new missions run in the Concurrent Design Facility at ESTEC;
    • identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
    • capturing and reviewing requirements related to the satellite AIV/AIT phase and following their implementation;
    • ensuring the definition and implementation of a satellite AIV programme which meets technical and programmatic requirements and considers the adequacy of model philosophy, facilities, planning and costing;
    • providing engineering support for the planning, preparation, execution and results analysis of tests as part of the mechanical, thermal and electromagnetic testing of satellite systems/subsystems;
    • supporting the preparation, organisation and execution of launch campaigns;
    • participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals;
    • participating in the development of engineering standards;
    • defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs;
    • contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
    • 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.

    Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.

    Technical competencies

    General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
    Hands-on hardware experience
    Environmental testing for space hardware
    Experience in the development and verification of space hardware
    Spacecraft systems knowledge
    Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
    Experience with Space Engineering Standards and their preparation and implementation

    Behavioural competencies

    Result Orientation

    Operational Efficiency

    Fostering Cooperation

    Relationship Management

    Continuous Improvement

    Forward Thinking


    A Master’s degree in aerospace- or mechanical engineering is required.

    Additional requirements

    Candidates are required to have knowledge of and experience in the following:

    • Environmental testing of space hardware (vibration, acoustic, shock, thermal vacuum, EMC)
    • Satellite verification engineering
    • Mechanical ground support equipment development
    • Launch campaign preparation and execution.

    Solid experience in satellite AIV and environmental verification testing is required with, preferably, completion of at least one full satellite test campaign and one launch campaign in an AIT/AIV role.

    Other information

    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.

    The closing date for applications is 27 January 2021.

    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 .

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