System Engineer for Exploration Scenario (ESA-ESTEC)


Sapienza Consulting is recruiting a System Engineer who will support the Exploration, Preparation and Research Technology Team in ESTEC-ESA, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands..

Responsibilities of the System Engineer

  • Leading/supporting the implementation of ESA internal and industrial system definition studies at Phase 0/A/(B1) level, including associated payload and technology development activities, preparing future European activities and projects in the field of human and robotic exploration, addressing missions to Low Earth Orbit, Moon or Mars.
  • Interfacing with study scientists and study science teams
  • Developing and maintaining key-driving requirements for future ESA development activities for exploration missions at mission, architecture, system and technology level in line with the HRE strategy.
  • Monitoring international plans in the field of exploration and supporting, through interactions with international partners, the definition and analysis of future international exploration mission scenarios and associated technology requirements.
  • Supporting activities organized by HRE in the field of exploration (workshops, round tables. etc.) and establishing/maintaining HRE databases related to Exploration activities.
  • Contributing to the diffusion of the results of the performed activities and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.
  • Supporting HRE for other mission definition-related tasks, as required.

Profile of the System Engineer

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering in physics or engineering.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience experience working in planetary mission systems engineering is required.
  • Experience of minimum 4 years in space missions systems engineering is desirable
  • Knowledge of human and robotic exploration programmes.
  • Strong analytical skills and a system-mindset.
  • Experience in mission analyses and trade-offs and/or electric propulsion mission design is considered an asset.
  • Good analytical, organisational and reporting skills,
  • Work experience in an international environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively, autonomously and cooperatively in a multidisciplinary and international team
  • Ability to cope with pressure and deadlines.
  • Proactive attitude to problem-solving and interest in innovative technologies.
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA Member State language is an asset
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU

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