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      October 01,2020
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    Electrical AIT/AIV Engineer (PLATO) - ESTEC,


    The high-tech and innovative Terma Group develops products and systems for defence, non-defence and security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for aircraft and vessels, space technology, and aero-structures for the aircraft industry.

    Terma is headquartered at Aarhus, Denmark. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore and the U.S.

    The Space Business Area contributes with mission-customized software and hardware products including power systems and star trackers as well as services to support a number of in-orbit pioneering European scientific and Earth observation satellite missions. Additionally, Terma is contracted for the development and delivery of software and hardware systems and services for numerous ongoing and future European, and international missions.

    Terma Space operates out of Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Germany, the UK and France.

    Job description

    For our customer, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are seeking an experienced Electrical AIT/AIV Engineer to work at ESA’s ESTEC site in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


    You will be assigned to the Ground Software Systems & Functional Verification Section, within the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management, and provide functional support to ESA’s PLATO project Payload Systems Engineering team reporting to the Mission Performance & Operations Manager.

    The PLATO – PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars – mission will address two key themes: what are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life, and how does the Solar System work. PLATO will monitor relatively nearby stars, searching for tiny, regular dips in brightness as their planets transit in front of them, temporarily blocking out a small fraction of the starlight. By using 34 separate small telescopes and cameras, PLATO will search for planets around up to a million stars spread over half of the sky. It will also investigate seismic activity in the stars, enabling a precise characterisation of the host sun of each planet discovered, including its mass, radius and age.

    Within the programme guidelines and constraints, the duties include the following:

    • Support the Digital Processing System (DPS) Lead Engineer and Camera Lead Engineer on the definition, analysis and development of the PLATO payload units in the area of electrical engineering;
    • Monitor the development and verification of the Fast-Front End Electronics (F-FEE) subsystem for all electrical aspects in coordination with the analogue chain performance engineer;
    • Jointly establish the test approach for the verification of power and data interfaces for the PLATO Camera and Digital Processing System units in collaboration with the industrial consortium partners;
    • Participate into the definition and implementation of the AIV programme at Payload System and unit level and take part in the related anomaly investigations such that problems are identified and solutions implemented;
    • Participate in Payload progress meetings as well as relevant interface meetings with the Spacecraft team as required.

    This is a full-time position located at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

    The requested start of work is January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Qualifications & Competencies

    The successful candidate shall have:

    • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Space Systems Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline.
    • At least 4 years of relevant professional working experience including extensive experience in electrical and/or functional verification of spacecraft system and subsystems.
    • Familiarity with the ECSS (space) standards in verification and system engineering.
    • Familiarity with system modelling methods and tools.
    • Experience in requirements engineering and verification engineering.
    • Good experience in system testing and payloads functional tests.
    • Availability to witness tests and to participate to AIT activities for relative long periods abroad, up to several months in the case of the satellite launch campaign.

    Experience in one or more of the following specific areas is highly desirable:

    • Experience in optical payload AIT and verification;
    • Experience in science satellites.

    What can Terma Offer?

    At Terma, we consider skilled employees, enthusiasm and job satisfaction as the very foundation of our success and as a prerequisite for the development of the “best-in-class” solutions that Terma provides. We lead the way in applying new technology, offering a wide range of growth opportunities for each individual and emphasizing mutual respect across the board in our workplace.

    Terma offers you a pleasant working environment at the customer site, where you will be able to take on challenging tasks and responsibilities in a highly professional company.

    • Great opportunities for training and personal development
    • Challenges in advanced technical environment
    • International and cosmopolitan working atmosphere
    • An employment contract with an attractive package with extra-legal benefits
    • Highly competitive salary
    • Support on re-location (if applicable)

    Recruitment is depending on successful selection by the customer.

    Additional information

    To ensure that your application will reach us and is properly processed please apply through the ‘Apply’ link below. Include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and a Cover Letter highlighting your background and expertise as well as earliest date of availability.

    For further information, please contact Mr. Simon Mills

    by telephone [+31 6 2326 2398] or by email [].

    Closing date: October 21st, 2020

    Please note the following Legal & Security requirements:

    • Applicants must hold all appropriate permits to work in the EU.
    • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their ID/passport and degree/higher education certificate. Terma will validate the certificate with the issuing authority.
    • In line with ESA security requirements, an official Certificate of Good Conduct (or equivalent) and employment reference checks will be required at commencement of employment. Please attach a copy of any reference letters with your application if you have them.

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