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Chemical Propulsion Engineer

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, NoordwijkESA/ESTEC

Job description

We are looking for two Chemical Propulsion Engineers on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their Propulsion Engineering Section. The selected candidates should show integrity and professionalism. The deadline for submitting applications is 2 December 2022.


Please note, the successful candidates will be employed by ATG Europe (or one of its subsidiaries) and not by ESA. Furthermore, they will be subject to a general security screening performed by an external provider.


The successful candidates will be tasked with, but not limited to:

  • Providing expert technical support in Propulsion for Spacecraft (chemical propulsion) and for Launchers (liquid and solid propulsion) to the Agency’s project teams responsible for the development of spacecraft and launchers, throughout all the project phases;
  • Supporting the activities for studies, experimental investigations and engineering developments in spacecraft and launcher propulsion (components, equipment, sub-systems, systems);
  • Supporting the activities for studies, experimental investigations and engineering developments in advanced propulsion (components, equipment, sub-systems, systems), such as nuclear propulsion, solar/thermal upper stages, Airbreathing Propulsion, Advanced Chemical Systems, MEMS etc;
  • Support in the following activities:
    • provision of specialised support to Agency feasibility and project definition studies, preparatory programmes and approved projects in the field of chemical propulsion;
    • participation in the definition and execution of the Agency's technology programmes;
    • contribution to the overseeing activities of the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality;
    • harmonisation with other ESA and national developments and monitoring of applicable development trends;
    • provision of specialised support to feasibility, preparatory programmes and approved projects in the field of chemical propulsion, including CDF participation;
    • assessment and development of chemical propulsion novel propulsion concepts (e.g. Nuclear and Airbreathing technologies);
    • assessment and development of relevant advanced propulsion methods, processes and concepts (MEMS propulsion, Green Propulsion, Advanced Manufacturing etc);
    • the configuration/system design of chemical propulsion systems including the initiation of appropriate critical technology developments (coordinating support by other D/TEC sections);
    • establishment and promotion of design and engineering standards in the area of chemical propulsion;
    • the undertaking of programmes of basic experimental research and evaluation/qualification testing in the chemical propulsion in the ESA Propulsion Laboratory at ESTEC.

Job requirements

  • Master’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, with emphasis in space propulsion related subjects;
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience;
  • Proven experience in the design, development and/or testing of chemical propulsion systems and/or components for spacecraft and/or launcher applications;
  • Good knowledge of other specialist technological areas involved in space propulsion i.e. materials, thermal, mechanical is desirable;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Details

Netherlands, Noordwijk
ESA/ESTEC