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  • Experience Required
    1 - 2 Years
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      October 01,2020
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    EO System Engineer


    An opportunity for an experienced Earth Observation mission or Systems engineer, to work on customer premises for Telespazio VEGA UK.


    To provide system engineering support to the Future Missions and Instruments Division for Mission and System Studies, with ESA Earth Observation section.

    Responsibilities / Duties

    The successful candidate will be expected to;

    • Support the definition and monitoring of activities for the preparation of future ESA Earth Observation (EO) missions, in particular for Copernicus Sentinels, new Earth Explorer/Earth Watch missions, Opportunity Missions, F-sats and Scout missions and operational meteorology missions;
    • Provide system engineering support to InCubed missions;
    • Review Technical Notes and actively participate to progress meetings and reviews related to EO future mission and system studies;
    • Support elaboration of SoWs, system requirements documents (SRD) and other applicable and reference documents for future mission and system studies;
    • Contributing to ensure the technical coherency of the system design of future EO missions, including, as needed, functional analysis and design, overall system concept, system level budgets, system performance analyses, definition of spacecraft and/or payload subsystems and related data processing, and interfaces between payload/platform and launcher and ground segment;
    • Perform internal studies for future EO missions, in particular to assess the results of external activities or to prepare the formulation of new mission concepts, including preliminary sizing of platform/payload, first estimation of the system engineering and performance budgets, with a focus on the space segment and its interfaces with the launcher and the ground segment;
    • Perform internal studies to evaluate the complementarity between ESA EO future missions and other missions (existing or planned by other space organizations), including mission analysis and assessment of potential synergy or overlap of mission capabilities.
    • Support work in the area of modelling of system or sub-system aspects for end-to-end performance simulation and system engineering tools for future EO missions.

    Qualifications / Experience

    • MSc, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant technical or scientific discipline

    Essential Skills

    At least 4 years of relevant work experience, covering :

    • Good general knowledge of ESA Earth Observation missions
    • Strong and demonstrated background in space system engineering, mission analysis and small platform sizing, in particular for Earth Observation missions
    • Experience in space projects, preferably in the Earth Observation field and/or in preparatory activities (phase 0 and A)
    • Experience with simulation tools: Matlab or Python, MS Excel with VBA
    • Earth Observation remote sensing techniques


    • Teamwork
    • Good communication and technical writing skills with capabilities to synthesize different sources of information
    • Good organization skills
    • Methodical and proactive, with initiative and capability to work autonomously
    • Problem-solving and creativity-oriented attitude
    • Proficiency in written and spoken English


    Competitive Package covering salary, generous holiday allowance, training plan and more


    In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

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