We are looking for an On-Board Payload Data Processing Engineer (E3) to join our Ajilon Technology Aerospace team, working onsite at the European Space Agency
Location: Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Type of work: Full-time, ongoing
Ajilon Technology Aerospace is a specialized Engineering consultancy with more than 30 years’ experience providing aerospace Engineers to our key partners in The Netherlands. Ajilon is a long-standing business partner of the European Space Agency (ESA), with more than 115 employees recruited from across Europe currently supporting ESA’s activities.
The work covers the following technical domains:
Computers for real-time on-board applications, both as self-contained units and as embedded items in subsystem equipment. The work includes system design for fault-tolerant computer systems, component design and development, operating systems, and identification of tools and methods for dependable specification, design and testing.
Data systems for on-board data communication, spacecraft system operation under ground control and with on-board autonomy, ground/on-board data communication, and (for manned spaceflight) crew informatics and interfaces. This includes data system standards and specific software, e.g. data communication software.
Data storage, i.e. on-board solid-state mass memory systems, including architecture, components, interfaces, packaging technologies, and operational usage.
Electronic design essentially for the implementation of digital functions related to on-board data systems.
Payload data acquisition and processing chains, including digital and image processing techniques and devices.
Specific tasks to be performed:
A diverse range of support tasks can be carried out by the contractor within the above domains, encompassing hardware, software and system aspects. These can be grouped into the following main headings:
Payload data acquisition, processing and storage chains, which can be further divided into
Data acquisition chain
ADC/ DAC interfaces
Sensor readout electronics
Analog signal conditioning
Data processing units
Concept, design and test of data processing units
Implementation of payload data processing functions on processors (e.g. DSP, GPU or uProcessor) and FPGAs based platforms
Trade-off analysis and verification of the performance in simulation and hardware Instrument controller
Concept, design and test of payload computers
Knowledge of applied memory technologies
Mass Memory storage units
Concept, design and test of mass memories and the applied memory technologies
Knowledge of file based systems and the CFTP protocol
HW/ SW partitioning and corresponding trade-offs
High speed networks for data transmission and command & control
Experience with high speed serial link based systems and the testing of these interfaces SpaceWire, SpaceFibre and related protocols
Protocols providing quality of service, reliability, determinism and FDIR
Ethernet based systems based on Powerlink, AFDX or similar is an asset
Validation of signal and image processing algorithms via simulation techniques (e.g. Matlab, prototyping SW)
Specific engineering support in the above domains to mainstream ESA space projects, mainly for (but not restricted to) the development and testing phases
Experience in VHDL programming, including reconfiguration and partial reconfiguration techniques is an asset
To successfully perform the above mentioned tasks, the following background / experience is required:
Education on at least Master level
A minimum of 4 years of relevant working experience, preferably within the space domain
Experience in defining payload data processing systems architectures
Extensive knowledge in signal and image processing techniques and devices
Extensive experience in procurement of spaceflight hardware units, sub-systems integration and testing in the space industry
Knowledge in spaceflight electronics design related to data acquisition
processing and storage functions, as well as constraints of the space environment
Wide knowledge in communication networks principles, standards and their implementation
Ability to work in an autonomous manner, in particular when providing support to projects with high time allocations and this in coordination with the line manager
The European Space Agency (ESA) has sites in several European countries. The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) is the largest site and the technical heart of ESA. This nursery of European space activities is located in Noordwijk, Netherlands.
At ESTEC, about 2500 engineers, technicians and scientists work hands-on with mission design, spacecraft and space technology.
Almost all ESA projects - except launchers - are managed from ESTEC. In Noordwijk, people work on science missions, manned space missions, Earth observation, telecommunications and navigation satellites.
ESTEC provides extensive testing facilities to verify the proper operation of spacecraft, such as the Large Space Simulator (LSS), acoustic and electromagnetic testing bays, multi-axis vibration tables and the ESA Propulsion Laboratory (EPL).
Please send your CV to email@example.com before 08/01/2018