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    Job Description
    TitleLEO Spacecraft Operations Engineer
    Job posted on21/03/2017
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

    LEO Spacecraft Operations 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:

    The key person shall provide consultancy to the Operations and Services to Users Department and responsibility will be taken for the operations of in-orbit subsystems and/or instruments, as well as for the operations preparation and operational conduct of in-orbit verification for those subsystems and instruments on the Metop-C satellite. Furthermore, this may also include consultancy to the on-board software management, simulator configuration, automation of routine analysis or other activities included within the scope of activities of the Metop Spacecraft Operations Team. The key person shall establish effective working interfaces with the satellite operations activities of other operations engineers and analysts, and external teams responsible for mission control, mission planning, flight dynamics and ground stations. Additionally, the key person shall provide consultancy to system and operations preparation activities for Metop Second Generation satellites and possibly also for Jason-CS / Sentinel-6 and Sentinel-3.

    The key person shall be required to provide consultancy to operations during normal working hours, and if allocated to Metop support, the on-call operations engineer rota, such that safe and efficient operations are ensured by the Spacecraft Operations Team on a 24/7 basis.

    The tasks of the key person will typically include:

    Provision of consultancy to the routine operations of the existing operational satellites Metop A, - B:

    Provision of operational expertise to platform subsystems and/or payload instruments and/or on-board software management, satellite simulator and ground segment operations interfaces;

    Maintain the corresponding operations documentation and flight procedures, including the update and operational validation of procedures releases in a configuration controlled environment;

    Perform trending and performance analysis on the corresponding subsystems and instruments, including definition of additional automated analysis and checks where necessary;

    Investigations into satellite anomalies. This may require a close co-operation with the Operations Support Entity (in ESA and Industry);

    Support the coordination of partner agency interactions for relevant subsystems/instruments;

    Participation in the satellite on-call support rota;

    Identification and support to implementation of system and process improvements concerning the Metop Spacecraft Operations Team responsibilities and interfaces.

    Support the definition and eventual execution of Metop-A in-orbit technology testing and end-of-life operations.

    Provision of consultancy to the operations preparation and early operations of the recurrent Metop-C satellite:

    Update, verify and validate the subsystem or instrument procedures and associated operational documentation for Metop-C, including support to Satellite System Validation Tests and other Ground Segment Validation Testing.

    Participate in Metop-C Satellite In-Orbit Verification Testing.

    Provision of consultancy to the satellite operations preparation of the new generation missions - Metop Second Generation and Jason-CS/ Sentinel-6:

    Provide inputs and / or review the definition of system and satellite operational concepts.

    Provide consultancy to satellite design reviews and operability discussions.

    Provide consultancy to satellite control ground segment reviews and operability discussions

    Review space to ground interface specifications and flight operations manuals

    Support the definition of tools and processes required to prepare for and operate the satellites.

    Develop and test the database, procedures and operations guides

    Prepare for and execute Satellite System Validation Tests for assigned subsystems and instruments

    Develop training material for routine operations control personnel.



    Your Profile:

    In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the key person shall have a demonstrated experience in at least two of the following mandatory skills:

    Spacecraft monitor and control operations;

    Spacecraft operations preparation engineering;

    Low Earth Orbit spacecraft design or Assembly Integration and Test activities at system or subsystem level.

    Furthermore, it would be a distinct advantage for the key person to have the following experience and skills:

    In-orbit operations of Low Earth Orbit Earth Observation satellites;

    Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground segment facilities, in particular procedure development, monitor and control, mission planning, on-board software management, performance analysis, configuration management, satellite database configuration and simulator facilities;

    The procedure development tool MOIS and the procedure execution language STOL;

    The mission control systems EPOCH or SCOS;

    Experience as a simulations officer and with simulator configuration and maintenance.

    Specification of system and operational concepts, facility requirements;

    Familiarity with On-Board Control Procedure and On-Board Position Scheduler concepts;

    Familiarity with the ECSS Packet Utilisation Standard, customisation and usage;

    Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures;

    Any programming skills – in particular Python is used to support automated routine telemetry analysis.

    The key person shall be self-motivated and able to work in an organised and efficient manner without supervision. Strong data analysis, processing and synthesis skills are essential with an ability to recognise opportunities for improvements in areas of work and implement appropriate solutions.

    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. Good communication skills are required.


    REFERENCE: 17-214046

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany


    CLOSING DATE: 14th April 2017

    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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