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     Date Submitted:12-03-2010
     Last Modified:09-11-2017 (12:59)
    Job information
     Current job:Space Thermal Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsESATAN-TMS, Systema, Thermica, FORTRAN, Python, VBA, Office, Excel, Project management, Thermal engineering, design, modeling and analysis, Vacuum testing, Sensitivity analysis, Error determination, Model reduction, Test predictions, Lumped Parameter Meth



    I have 9+ years expertise in space thermal engineering with a strong focus on modeling and simulation of scientific payloads for Solar System exploration. My experience extends from feasibility studies (phase A) up to testing and implementation (phases C/D).

    My passion lies in simulation and analysis.




    Sep 2016 – Present

    space thermal analysis

    Göttingen, DE

    Thermal analysis for space applications. I focus on short to medium term projects with a modest share of home-office work.



    Oct 2016 – Dec 2017

    Thermal Engineer

    Max-Planck-Institut für SonnensystemforschungGöttingen, DE

    . Thermal design and analysis with Systema/Thermica for the PEP-JEI instrument, JUICE mission.



    Jan 2016 – Aug 2016

    (8 Months)

    Göttingen, DE

    Career break to pursue personal interests such as contemporary dance, fitness/movement, hiking and traveling.



    Sep 2010 – Dec 2015

    (5 Years 3 Months)

    Thermal Engineer

    Max-Planck-Institut für SonnensystemforschungGöttingen, DE

    . Thermal interface coordination between the Prime instrument team and the partner institutes, spacecraft manufacturer and European Space Agency.

    . Responsible for STM level tests and support for subsystem tests including requirements, data acquisition and analysis.

    . Thermal model creation and improvement together with structural and scientific team.



    Nov 2007 – Aug 2010

    (2 Years 9 Months)

    Thermal Analysis Engineer

    Active Space Technologies GmbHBerlin, DE

    . Thermal model creation for scientific payloads and electronic units for Earth-orbiting missions as well as missions to Mercury and Mars.

    . Management of a project for the thermal analysis of a detector including a thermoelectric cooler.

    . Co-authored an article describing a thermal model in ESATAN that allowed the prediction of temperatures at the surface of Mercury.



    Jun 2006 – Oct 2007

    (1 Year 4 Months)

    Environmental Technician

    Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica e Gestão IndustrialPorto, PT

    . Collected and tested samples for air pollutants according to national procedures.

    . Progressed to team leader, responsible for the daily time management.




    Sep 2000 – Jul 2005

    University Degree – Licenciatura, 240 ECTS

    Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do PortoPorto, PT

    Physics/Applied Mathematics (Astronomy)

    A multidisciplinary, pre-Bologna Process, 4 year degree with focus on Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and the methods, tools and techniques of modern astronomy.



    Sep 2004 – Jun 2005

    Erasmus Exchange Program

    University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

    Main subjects: Fractals and Geometric Randomness in Physics, Quantum Physics, Relativity, Statistical Physics, X-ray Physics



    Courses and Certificates

    July 2013

    Seminar Zeitmanagement und Selbstorganisation

    (Time management and work organization)


    June 2012

    Space Systems Engineering Course

    University of Southampton

    April 2012

    Course Python für Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure

    (Python for scientists and engineers)

    Python Academy

    August 2011

    CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management

    Project Management Institute

    July 2011

    ESATAN-TMS Advanced Course

    ITP Engines UK

    July 2005

    CAE – Certificate in Advanced English

    University of Cambridge



    Language skills


    Portuguese – Mother tongue


    English – Fluent


    German – Fluent


    Spanish – Intermediate (Fluent reading)


    French – Basic skills



    Computer skills


    Proficient with the ESATAN-TMS thermal analysis suite (ESATAN, ESARAD, ThermNV, CADbench)

    Proficient with the Systema/Thermica thermal analysis software

    Proficient with MS Windows and the MS Office applications

    Good knowledge in Python and FORTRAN

    Improvable skills in Linux, HTML, CSS and VBA

    I have no practical experience with Thermal Desktop but I have a very good grasp of how space thermal analysis works and can quickly find my way in any SW package



    Other skills


    Working knowledge in project management, particularly scope and time management, and an interest in risk management

    Good knowledge of the ECSS norms referring to thermal engineering and testing

    Experience working in clean-room environments up to ISO 5

    Experience in medium and high vacuum thermal tests



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    I have an european drivers licence and a tendency for perfectionism.

    My passion lies in the creation and improvement of thermal models. I enjoy converting real (or soon-to-be-real) systems into computer code and studying them. I focus on short to medium term projects, in a home-office or on-location arrangement.

    When I'm not working, I can be found cooking, enjoying nature, dancing or practising some sort of move-ment.

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