SRON's mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.
The expertise group Instrument Science has a vacancy for a
Senior System Engineering manager (f/m)
(Sr. Instrument scientist) Vac. nr. 1257
As senior system engineering manager at SRON you will be part of the Instrument Science Group. You have the responsibility to translate the science goals into an instrument that performs in space. You will lead a group of instrument scientists and engineers through all phases of a project lifecycle from concept to manufacturing and test to in-orbit operations. You will be responsible for requirement engineering, (risk) analysis, design and configuration, verification/qualification and the integration of the engineering work. For some projects, you will also contribute to the project management for the instrument including planning of resources and monitoring budgets.
Aspirant senior candidates with an excellent track record and the proven potential to grow into a leading role can also apply.
You will work on one or more of the current space instrument projects carried out at SRON in the program lines, Astrophysics, Earth and Exoplanets. Initially, within the climate and air quality program of SRON, you will work on the development of novel optical instrumentation for Earth Observation. Your responsibility will be in design, development and calibration of a multi-angle spectropolarimeter. You will work in a divers team together with space industry and knowledge institute team members. SRON projects are carried out in Dutch national context in collaboration with international space industry and agencies.
Lead a team of engineers/scientists throughout the development of a space instrument;
Implement within your team: requirements engineering, (risk) analysis and trade-offs, design and configuration resulting in a physical architecture, verification to show compliance with specified requirements, control and integration of the engineering disciplines;
Act as technical point of contact of the instrument development;
Take lead in proposal writing/acquisition of new projects;
Track new development and efforts in industry;
Support the strategy development of the organization;
Initiate and lead instrument research and development efforts in support of the organization strategy;
Author scientific publications and present your work at international conferences;
Act as an internationally established expert in your discipline.
Master of Science or (preferably) Ph. D. in a discipline related to instrumentation e.g. Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Astronomy.
Experience in developing instrumentation, preferably in space instruments.
Experience with System Engineering.
Experience with project management techniques (Prince II, IPMA or equivalent).
Good communicator and listener.
Good verbal and written communication skills (in English).
Team player, works well as part of a diverse team.
Ability to work in a continuously changing environment.
Ability to identify the major issues, obtain relevant technical information from the team and formulate solutions.
Be able to spend a part of your time with partners outside the Netherlands.
SRON Core competencies:
Focused on collaboration
A global player
Employment of this fulltime position at SRON-Utrecht is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and will be for a period of one year with the possibility for an extension and, eventually, an indefinite contract. If you have shown to fit well at SRON there is ample opportunity to continue your career. The salary for this senior position will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO in a range between €4,287.00 and €6,462.00 gross per month on a fulltime basis (highly depending on education and experience). The position is located in Utrecht. NWO has good secondary employment conditions such as:
An end of year bonus of 8,33% of the gross yearly salary;
42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis;
A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary.
An excellent pension scheme;
We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.
Options for (additional) personal development;
Excellent facilities for parental leave;
For information and application
For further information about the position, please contact dr. A. van Amerongen, Section manager within the expertise group Instrument Science, telephone +31-(0)88-777 5885. Information about SRON can be found at www.sron.nl.
If you wish to apply you can send a motivation letter with CV to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Please state the vacancy number 1257 in the subject of your mail. Applications will be accepted until the position is fulfilled. SRON Utrecht has the strong intention to move to another location in The Netherlands in the future.
In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to female applicants.
No commercial propositions please.