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     Date Submitted:21-01-2015
     Last Modified:21-01-2015 (03:38)
    Job information
     Current job:Team Lead / Operations Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSystems Engineering, Aerospace, Aeronautics, Team Lead, Project Management, International Space Station, Knowledge Management, Space Operations, Earth Observation, Materials Science

    Purpose statement

    To obtain a challenging engineering / project management position in Aerospace.

    Personal Information

    • German citizen, authorized to work anywhere in the EU
    • Legal Permanent Resident of the United States (Green Card Holder), authorized to work anywhere in the USA

    Relevant Work Experience

    Team Lead, DLR, Cologne (Germany) — 01/2009-present

    • Managed operations of the Materials Science Laboratory (MSL) as team lead at the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. MSL is a $50 million (USD) materials science research facility onboard  the International Space Station. 
    • Oversaw the successful processing of 30 materials science samples in close collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, and investigators from around the world. 
    • Served as the principal MSL operations interface with NASA - Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.
    • Served as the principal operations interface with the Principal Investigators, to achieve maximum scientific return.
    • Managed all MSL ground systems and initiated, planned, and executed a $50,000+ (USD) overhaul of the computer infrastructure to virtualize the console hardware, utilizing VMware software.
    • Successfully developed several software programs in LabVIEW to improve and simplify the work environment at MUSC. Some were used in the operations world to display information on computer consoles, others were written for the science teams to improve the data handling of their experiments.
    • Supported CIRCE (Cooperative International space station Research data Conservation and Exploitation) as one of two DLR contributors. CIRCE is part of the seventh Framework Program of the European Commission.

    Intern, ESA, Noordwijk (The Netherlands) — 05/2008-12/2008

    • Completed research for and published thesis for Electrical Engineering degree at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).
    • Developed a high precision accelerometer data acquisition system used at the ESTEC test center.
    • Designed a dedicated Printed Circuit Board for the low noise accelerometer.
    • Authored the code for the Xilinx FPGA in VHDL and utilized LabVIEW for the user interface and data flow.

    Intern and Contractor, Delta Utec SRC, Leiden (The Netherlands) — 07/2006-04/2007

    • Served as Harnessing Systems Engineer on the second Young Engineers’ Satellite (YES2).
    • Managed the design, manufacturing, and assembly of the electrical harness of the YES2 satellite. 
    • Supported the development of the YES2 project’s System Engineering database tool ALBATRos.


    Master of Space Systems Engineering (MSE) — 2010-2011

    TU Delft, Delft (The Netherlands), SpaceTech Program

    Central case project: Business case of an Earth Observation system (MOBEO)
    SpaceTech is a post graduate Master’s degree program combining Space Systems Engineering, Project Management and Business Engineering.

    Diplom (FH) in Electrical Engineering (equiv. B.S.) — 2005-2009

    Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld (Germany)

    Focus on telecommunications engineering

    Language Proficiency

    • English: bilingual proficiency (ILR level 5) 
    • German: native language


    Project Manager Professional (PMP)

    • Member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)
    • Signed up in PMP prep course
    • Completion of PMP certification foreseen in first quarter of 2015

    Professional Affiliations

    International Astronautical Federation (IAF): 

    • Vice-chair, Workforce Development / Young Professional Program Committee
    • Member, Knowledge Management Technical Committee 

    Conference Functions:

    International Astronautical Congress (IAC): 

    • Chairman/Rapporteur in several sessions at the IAC 2013 in Beijing, China, and the IAC 2014 in Toronto, Canada
    • Plenary speaker at the IAC 2012 in Naples, Italy, on the topic: Next Generation Visions for Uses of Social Media for the Advancement of Earth and Space Science, Technology, and Operations 

    Software Proficiencies

    • Extensive computer skills in fields of hardware and software on Mac and PC, including standard office software suites, LabVIEW, VMware, Mathematica, Matlab. Specialized International Space Station software: TReK, EHS Web, PACRATS, COMPOSE, SUMER command language (MSL scripts).
    • Programming experience with LabVIEW, C++, Javascript, HTML, SQL.


    Hambloch, P., Willnecker, R., Carotenuto, L., Barde, S., Belbis,O., “CIRCE - Promoting a Data E-Infrastructure for the International Space Station”, International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, China, September 2013 

    Hambloch, P., Swan, P. A., Ashford, E., “Hitchhiking Iridium - A Concept For Global Near Real-Time Earth Observation”, 29th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference, Nara, Japan, November 2011 

    Hambloch, P., “High resolution and Frequent Revisits - A Business Case (MOBEO)”, DFD Seminar, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, November 2011 

    Hambloch, P., Huang, T., Saks, N., Koller, M., Choukroun, D., “High Resolution and Frequent Revisits - A Feasibility Assessment of a Business Case for an End-to-End Earth Observation System”, International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, October 2011 

    Saponara, S., Casarosa, G., Hambloch, P., Ciuchi, F., Fanucci, L., Sarti, B., “Modeling, Sensitivity Analysis, and Prototyping of Low-g Acceleration Acquisition Systems for Spacecraft Testing and Environmental-Noise Measurements”, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Volume: 60, Issue: 2, 10.1109/TIM.2010.2084231, February 2011 

    Hambloch, P., Uffmann, L., Diefenbach, A., Willnecker, R., Nemirovski, A., Brisset, J., Weiss, P., Steinbach, S., Enz, T., Simicic, D., Schiemann, J., “Operational results of the Materials Science Laboratory after one year in-orbit”, International Astronautical Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2010 

    Hambloch, P., De Pascale, F., “Improving Knowledge Sharing with the help of a common framework for software tools”, International Astronautical Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2010 

    Uffmann, L., Hambloch, P., Diefenbach, A., Willnecker, R., Steinbach, S., Enz, T., Simicic, D., Nemirovski, A., Brisset, J., Weiss, P., Aicher, W., “Decentralized payload operations: ESA’s Materials Science Laboratory in NASA’s Materials Science Research Rack”, SpaceOps, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, April 2010

    Ferrari, L., Saponara, S., Casarosa, G., Hambloch, P., Sarti, B., “Fast and Accurate Modeling and Sensitivity Analysis of an Acquisition System for Very Low-g Accelerations to be Used in Spacecraft Testing and Environmental Noise Measurements”, IEEE International Workshop on RObotic and Sensors Environments, Lecco, Italy, November 2009 

    Hambloch, P., “International Knowledge Transfer - An Engineering Perspective”, International Astronautical Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, September 2008 

    Kruijff, M., Hambloch, P., van der Heide, E., Stelzer, M., “The Second Young Engineers’ Satellite (YES2)”, International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, India, September 2007 

    Hambloch, P., De Pascale, F., Kruijff, M., “ALBATRos - A Space System Engineering Tool”, International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, India, September 2007 

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