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    Job Description
    TitleMission Control Applications Engineer
    Job posted on25/02/2016
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 3months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

    Mission Control Applications Engineer

    You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.

    Your Tasks Include:

    The key person will provide his/her prime support to the Mission Control Applications and Tools Team and he/she will contribute to the requirements specification, design and development of Mission Control Applications for new Programmes (Phase-B/C/D), including the setting up of the related maintenance arrangements and processes. The tasks of the key person will typically include:

    Support to New Mission Phase-C/D activities

    Support to Applications development

    • Follow the software requirement definition, design and development, of Mission Control Applications produced by internal and external contractors.
    • Participation and contribution in software requirements, design and implementation reviews related to Mission Control Applications produced by internal and external contractors.
    • Interfacing with the Mission Operations Team to consolidate the operational concept in the area of the Mission Control Applications.
    • Support to the Ground Segment engineering activities (i.e. requirements, external interfaces and design consolidation), in the area of the Mission Control Applications,
    • Support and document the evolution of all interfaces (ICDs) between the elements of the Mission Control Applications and other Ground Segment or external elements.
    • Support the production of design models using CASE tools.
    • Participation in verification readiness reviews and verification testing campaigns both internal and with external contractors related to the Mission Control Applications.

    Support to GSI MCA Activities

    Reference Architecture

    • Participation to the definition and maintenance of the Client Technical and Scientific Support reference architecture for the Mission Control Applications part of the Ground Segment.


    Your Profile:

    In addition to having a University degree in a relevant engineering discipline, the key person shall demonstrate significant knowledge and experience in the area of specification, design, implementation, verification and maintenance of Mission Control Applications. The key person shall have skills and experience in the following mandatory areas:

    Domain Skills

    • Experience in the definition of Ground Segment system level requirements and production of system architectural design artefacts in the domain of the Mission Control Applications.
    • Experience (minimum 5 years) in the definition of software requirements and architectural design and implementation of Spacecraft Monitoring & Control applications.
    • Experience (minimum 5 years) in the customization of Spacecraft Monitoring & Control applications based on MICONYS® software suite from ESA/ESOC. In particular experience in the telemetry and commanding chains and in the archive component is considered mandatory.
    • Knowledge and understanding with actual working experience of space related standards (ECSS and CCSDS) concerning space-to-ground interfaces and applicable to Satellite Mission Control Systems such as: ECSS Packet Utilization Standard (PUS), CCSDS Space Packet Protocol (SPP) and CCSDS Space Link Extension Protocol (SLE).

    Software Development Lifecycle Skills

    • Experience (minimum 3 years) in the full cycle of development and maintenance of Mission Control Applications following formal software engineering processes. This includes user and system requirement analysis, software requirement engineering, software design, implementation, correcting, perfecting and adaptive maintenance activities

    It would be a distinct advantage for the key person to have knowledge and/or experience with some of the following:

    Domain Skills

    • Experience with Mission Control Applications and/or operations specifically for LEO spacecraft.
    • Knowledge of the Mission Control System interfaces with the Mission Planning Systems function and the Flight Dynamics Systems.
    • Experience with test tools for Spacecraft Monitoring & Control System, e.g. Satellite Simulators

    System/Application Development and Management

    • Experience in being the technical point of contact for contractors working at off-site premises and responsible for application software evolution and maintenance.
    • Experience in IV&V (integration, verification and validation) definition (e.g. test plan, test procedures) for Mission Control Applications.

    Technology Skills

    • IBM DOORS requirement management Tool.
    • Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Tool.
    • Linux Operating System.
    • Experience in developing software applications using interfaces to relational database management systems (RDBMS) and experience with data model design for RDBMS.
    • Unified Modeling Language (UML) for software design.
    • Experience using tools for the automation of software testing.

    The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person must be able to work effectively in this language.

    The key person shall also be assessed for the following skills and qualities:

    • Working proactively with the minimum of supervision in an individual or team environment.
    • Conducting activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, working calmly and correctly under stress.
    • Working in teams and sharing expertise and experience with other team members.
    • Able to commit to the plan and deliver the expected results on time or to report proactively if any deviations are foreseen.
    • Take ownership of problems through to effective resolution.
    • Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills and be confident to deal with a wide variety of people.


    REFERENCE: 16-212131

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany


    CLOSING DATE: 1st April 2016

    MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.

    Contact information
    CompanyMoltek Consultants Ltd
    Contact namePeter Clarke
    AddressThe Business Centre
    Green Road
    United Kingdom
    TN12 8JS
    Phone+44(0)1892 725000
    Fax+44(0)1892 725001
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