Vacancy in the Directorate of Science.
ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged.
Experiment System Engineer
This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.
ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Experiment System Engineer in the PRODEX Office, Future Missions Department, Directorate of Science.
PRODEX is an optional programme devoted to the development of scientific instruments and experiments for space science missions. The development may involve industry and/or scientific institutes and may cover either a full instrument or instrument contributions/subsystems.
Reporting to the Head of the PRODEX Office or his Deputy, the postholder will be in charge of implementing a number of PRODEX activities, with emphasis on instrument hardware development.
• being the focal point for technical and administrative interfaces between PRODEX experimenters and the Technical Support Manager;
• establishing the overall work programme for the development of PRODEX experiments within the scientific institutes in line with the relevant delegations’ instructions;
• being responsible for monitoring the technical, schedule and financial status of experiment development, identifying potential problem areas and proposing remedial action;
• assisting, in coordination with scientific institutes, with preparing tender documents, participating in proposal evaluations, preparing the information required for contract negotiations and subsequently monitoring the end-to-end development of projects/activities contracted to industrial consortia;
• liaising between the relevant scientific institutes and industry for the duration of the contracts;
• interfacing internally with ESA project teams or specialists on technical/programmatic matters and with the relevant financial and procurement experts on financial and contractual matters.
• Regularly reporting to the line manager on the status of the activities and implementation difficulties, with a pro-active result oriented approach for problem solving.
Instrument system AIV
Instrument subsystems: optics, detection and electronics, mechanical and thermal
Hands-on hardware experience
Management of industrial activities including reviews
Knowledge of industrial costs and schedule aspects
Experience in managing scientific space hardware developments with multiple interfaces (PI, scientific consortium, project, industry)
Planning & Organisation
Candidates should have experience in Scientific Space Instrumentation design, development and AIV. Candidates should demonstrate a good balance between interacting with scientific institutions and with industrial partners.
Candidates should be system oriented and adaptable to the specific management style of each project and all partners. They should be able to manage progress of each contract taking into consideration both technical aspects as well as financial and scheduling constraints.
Applicants should be able to liaise and consult with Agency specialists where specific expertise is needed, integrating their input into a more global solution.
Applicants for this post should have a university PhD or Master’s Degree in physics or space engineering.
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.
The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.
The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.
The closing date for applications is 05 October 2017.
If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email email@example.com.
Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada and Slovenia.
Priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States.
In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment.