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.
For our customer, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are seeking an experienced Space System Engineer to work at ESA’s ESTEC site in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
You will be assigned to ESA/ESTEC’s Sample Fetch Rover project team within the Directorate of Human Spaceflight & Robotic Exploration as Fetching System Functional System Engineer.
The Sample Fetch Rover (SFR) is one element of ESA’s contribution to the joint NASA/ESA Mars Sample Return mission. The SFR’s role is to collect samples from the surface of Mars, left by NASA’s 2020 Mars rover mission Perseverance in small metal tubes. Landing in 2028, the SFR will then travel an average of 200 metres a day, over a period of six months to find and pick up the samples. It will collect up to 36 tubes, carry them back to the lander and place them in a Mars Ascent Vehicle which will launch them into orbit around Mars. Another spacecraft developed by ESA, the Earth Return Orbiter (ERO), will collect the samples from Martian orbit and return them to Earth.
The Fetching System Functional System Engineer (FSE) will work in as part of the SFR Fetching System Team, within the wider SFR Project Team. The FSE will work in close cooperation with the Fetching System Robotics Engineer and will report to the Fetching System Team Leader. Within the team, the FSE will be responsible for:
the development, qualification and delivery of the Returnable Sample Tube Assembly (RSTA) Detection System (RDS);
the overview of the Software Development & Qualification activities related to the Fetching System (FS), in close coordination with the SFR SW system engineer;
the definition of the FS operational aspects (ConOps, feasibility, implementation, etc.) in coordination with the SFR surface operations system engineer, to ensure they are properly reflected in the RDS and AGS designs;
the Functional Verification of the end-to-end FS;
Systems Engineering support tasks as needed.
The FSE will offer technical expertise in support of the SFR Fetching System Developments, covering the following areas:
The RDS comprises the Visual Based Detection System (VBDS), a software responsible for the autonomous detection of the RSTAs on the surface of Mars, as well as the Cameras involved in the task (i.e. NavCams shared between Navigation and RSTA detection and the Arm wrist camera). The FSE will be responsible for the development, qualification and timely delivery of all the RDS elements. The development and validation of algorithms within the VBDS will be supported by the FS Robotics Engineer and additional specialists as needed.
Software development within the FS
The FS encompasses the following SW elements:
The VBDS SW;
Motion planning and control SW of the AGS;
The Acquisition Management System (AMS), a SW element at FS-level which links together the SFR central SW to the VBDS and motion control SW;
The FSE will support the SW development lifecycle within the FS team, and will support, together with a SW specialist, the follow up of related industrial activities The FSE will work in close cooperation with the ESA SFR SW System Engineer, who is the overall responsible for the SFR SW.
Fetching System operations
The FSE will be the focal point within the FS team on all related operational aspects and activities, and will directly liaise with/support the SFR Surface and Mission Operations System Engineers (SOSE and MOSE respectively). The FSE will support the ConOps definition as needed and will monitor their translation to requirements on the design of the FS elements. Finally, the FSE will participate to operations-related reviews and interface with all the relevant stakeholders.
Fetching System Functional Verification
The FSE will oversee the end-to-end functional verification (FV) of the FS, including the needed FV infrastructure, i.e. simulators, facilities and Ground Support Equipment. These tasks will be carried out in close cooperation with FS Robotics Engineer and the SFR AIV System Engineer.
Systems Engineering support
The FSE will work in close cooperation with the FS Robotics Engineer and support the FS Team Leader in general systems engineering tasks (e.g. interfaces, technical budgets, verification) as needed across the tightly integrated Fetching System.
Interfacing and General Responsibilities
The FSE will support the FS Team Leader in the procurement and timely delivery of the flight FS in accordance with the approved technical and programmatic budgets, requirements and interfaces. Towards this goal, the FSE will work in close cooperation with the FS Robotics Engineer responsible of AGS subsystem. The FSE will coordinate on the ESA side, reviews under his/her domain of responsibility. The FSE will work in close cooperation with the members of the SFR team as needed. More specifically the FSE will:
Liaise with the SFR-JPL Interface System Engineer on all external interfacing aspects;
Support the MOSE and SOSE on all FS-related operational aspects;
Liaise with the AIV System Engineer on verification aspects;
Liaise with and support the SFR SW System Engineer on the FS SW development lifecycle;
Liaise with members of the SFR Engineering Team as required;
Liaise with the SFR Product Assurance Manager to ensure that proper PA practices are followed throughout the development in the areas under his/her responsibility;
Participate in, and provide support to other areas of the project where the post holder's experience can be applied.
This is a full-time position located at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
The requested start of work is April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Qualifications & Competencies
The successful candidate shall have:
A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in Space System Engineering or related engineering discipline.
At least 4 years relevant professional working experience in the space industry.
Demonstrated widespread experience in aerospace or human spaceflight activities management, including development, integration and operations activities of complex payloads and/or spacecraft.
Fluency in English is required.
A strong aptitude for relationship management as well as good communication skills. The job requires a result-oriented approach to work in a highly complex project environment.
A strong capacity for planning and organizing tasks.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to deliver focused concise management reports or presentations.
Team-oriented mentality, good interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Capability to develop and acquire new skills as needed by the job.
Proven experience in B2/C/D/E project development phases for ESA projects.
A proven experience in interfacing with partners in an international environment is an asset.
Experience in Robotics-related space projects or payloads is an asset.
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.
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Closing date: February 14th 2021
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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