Deadline to apply: 26th May 2019
€ Industry leading base salary, 3% pension, full healthcare, relocation, training budget, bonus options.
You will be based on our client’s site at the European Space Agency’s ESTEC location in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. In this large European agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities with the opportunity to gain exposure to various projects and missions at the heart of European space research and development.
Responsibilities and role
The Technology Coordination and Frequency Management Section is responsible for two main tasks:
- The identification of technology requirements, providing support to technology developments, and general coordination for technology for future Earth Observation missions. A solid collaboration with the other divisions in the EO directorate and ESA’s Technical directorate is essential for this work.
- The analysis and monitoring of the evolution of frequency needs for EO missions, including early concepts and potential interference conflicts with other communication services sharing the spectrum. The nature of the work requires a solid collaboration with other sections/divisions in the EOP directorate, with the ESA Frequency Management Office and with representatives from industry and from other space agencies.
The principle tasks in the area of Frequency Management will include:
- Analyzing requirements and constraints of EO missions under preparation with respect to frequency allocation and interference,
- Providing specific support to preparatory activities and to projects to an extent to be determined case-by-case,
- Monitoring the evolving frequency needs of future EO missions, including early concepts, and potential conflicts with competing areas,
- Participating in the work of technical committees relevant for EO in the framework of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the European Conference of Postal & Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFGG),
- Conducting studies to support the ESA position in the above mentioned committees,
- Performing technical studies and analyses related to frequency spectrum management and interference assessment
- Developing and using RFI simulation software tools (typically based on STK, Excel with VBA and Matlab), to conduct sharing bands and compatibility analysis between services, in line with ITU
- Reporting on frequency management matters and contributing to reports to Delegate Bodies
- Coordinating with the ESA Frequency Management Office
The principle tasks in the area of EO Technology Development will include:
- Supporting the identification of the technology requirements for future Earth observations missions
- Supporting missions under preparation through, e.g. participation to reviews, assessment of industrial results, evaluation of proposals in reply to calls
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualifications and experience
- Advanced degree in Electrical/Electronics/Telecom Engineering (PhD or MSc)
- Background and proven industrial work experience in satellite systems, space projects and associated sub-system technology developments.
- Experience with simulation tools, including Matlab, Excel with VBA and STK
- Experience in microwave remote sensing techniques used in Earth Observation missions.
- Knowledge of Radio Regulations
- Acknowledgement that this position requires regular travelling to participate in frequency management international fora, technical committees and working groups (e.g. ITU WRC, CEPT, SFCG).
- Ability to conduct research autonomously
- Good communication & Teamwork skills
- Self-motivated to increase own knowledge
- Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset
- Eligible to work in the EU
The recruitment process will consist of an initial telephone discussion and/or a video call followed by presentation of your candidature to ESA. If selected for interview, a face to face on-site technical assessment will be conducted by ESA with the result being either a go or no go. If successful the starting date should be within 2 months off acceptance.