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Mechanisms Engineer

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, NoordwijkESA/ESTEC

Job description

We are looking for a Mechanisms Engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their Mechanisms Section.

Please note, the successful candidate will be employed by ATG Europe and not by ESA.

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

  • Mechanisms support to all ESA project directorates with respect to the implementation of space mechanism technologies in current and future missions, including configuration assessments and mission performance evaluation;
  • Establishment of Statement of Work and Preliminary Requirement Specifications for Mechanism Systems, Individual Mechanisms or Mechanism components dedicated to Technology and Research & Development;
  • Perform and support in the role of Mechanism engineer, System Level Mission Definition studies and system conceptual design activities in support of the ESA long term/future mission plans;
  • Identification of enabling mechanism and tribological technologies for future ESA missions;
  • Support investigations of mechanisms being out of performance, including malfunctions and contingency scenarios;
  • Support and contribute to the establishment and maintenance of the Space Mechanisms ECSS Engineering Standards;
  • Generation and set-up of appropriate space mechanisms analysis and simulation models using analysis tools based on technical documentation of space mechanisms. Back up and archiving of analysis models for later retrieval.

Job requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering;
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience;
  • Relevant experience within the field of mechanism design, analysis, verification, and testing;
  • Excellent knowledge in space system engineering, specializing in mechanism;
  • Knowledge of the Space Mechanism ECSS standard and its application to the design and verification of mechanisms, together with a good knowledge of space mechanism testing and verification methodologies and techniques;
  • Good knowledge of related mechanisms numerical analysis tools such as Adams, Virtual Lab Motion, SIMPACK, MATLAB/Simulink, Maxwell, Flux etc.;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work effectively, autonomously, and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment, defining and implementing solutions in line with team and individual objectives, as well as project deadlines;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Candidates with less than 10 years of experience will be asked to present copies of academic transcripts.


Netherlands, Noordwijk