Are you fascinated about Space? Do you have good skills in linear algebra, in particular for problem solving related to geometry in the Euclidean 3–dimensional space? You could be our new Flight Dynamics Operations Engineer. Come and join talented diverse Serco team at the European Organisation for the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) based in Darmstadt, Germany.
Serco is among the leading Space Industry and Services Companies. Serco’s space heritage over the last 40 years has placed us in the Space News Top 50 Space Industry Manufacturing and Services Companies - We work alongside EUMETSAT and the European Space Agency, our employees have been providing everyday their technical, scientific and management skills to support the full range of European cornerstone space missions.
What we offer if you join our amazing team:
• Competitive Salary
• Corporate Benefits Package
• Exciting relocation package (if applicable)
• Company events
For our customer, ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, we are seeking 4 experienced Flight Dynamics Operations Engineers.
The primary areas of responsibility for this role is in the area of Science Missions (including interplanetary missions and missions in Lagrangian orbits).
You may be requested to assume the responsibility and perform activities for additional service, missions and activities within the scope of general Flight Dynamics operations engineering services. Activities are primarily related to EXOMARS RSP, Juice and Euclid launch preparation, LEOP support and operations. You can expect to also provide support related to GAIA, Bepi Colombo, Mars Express, ExoMars TGO, Hera and Solar Orbiter.
The 4 engineers will each have a distinct focus on one of the following:
Do you think you are the person we are looking for? See below what experience or knowledge you should bring:
University degree in a relevant engineering field, astronomy, mathematics or physics.
Fluency in English, both in speech and writing.
Very good skills in linear algebra, in particular for problem solving related to geometry in the Euclidean 3–dimensional space.
Being familiar with different representations of rotation in 3D, thus including the representation of S/C attitude (cosine direction matrix, Euler symmetric parameters/ quaternions, Euler-angles ...) is an asset.
Very good skills in calculus in one or several variables.
Skills in numerical methods for:
• equations solving,
• integration of differential equations,
• function approximation and interpolation,
• linear algebra problems.
Very good skills in classical mechanics, including:
• kinematics and dynamics of point masses,
• dynamics of rigid bodies,
• dynamics expressed in non-inertial reference frames, e.g. including dynamics in rotating frames, rotation dynamics expressed in body fixed frame,
• conservation laws in mechanics,
• gravitational forces and field,
• orbit dynamics, Keplerian orbits and Kepler laws.
Ability to solve mechanics problems via analytical mechanics methods (e.g. Lagrangian formulation) is a valuable asset.
Skills to apply above knowledge to develop solutions to technical problems in cooperation with customers and other experts
Very good C++ programming skills and experience, in particular in object-oriented design and coding skills using C++ as main programming language; knowledge of Fortran 77/95/2003 is a valuable asset.
Experience in scripting languages, e.g. python, shell scripting languages.
Experience in Linux operating system.
Will to take operational responsibility in multi-discipline teams
Coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields.
Ability to work independently.
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Why should you join Serco ?
At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play.
Meaningful and vital work - You’ll contribute to methodologically intercepting challenges whilst achievements will also be recognised and celebrated.
A world of opportunity - You’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression
Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team who believe passionately in the value of our work.
What we offer
Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services sector
A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
Permanent employment with comprehensive Serco Benefits package.
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play when managing complex public services.
We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.
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