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Mission Analysis and Software Engineer

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, NoordwijkESA/ESTEC

Job description

We are looking for a Mission Analysis and Software Engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, to join their System Analysis Office. The selected candidate should show integrity and professionalism. The deadline for submitting applications is 9 December 2022.

The Mission Analysis and Software Engineer will be tasked with technical management of existing and new multiplatform software developments within the EOP-PE Division, in coordination with the Head of EOP System Analysis and of Ground System offices. The main existing SW projects consists of multi platform graphic/GUI, CLI application and SW libraries (details can be found at Mission SW CFI, DFDL4S library, openSF, S2G Data Viewer, etc.

Please note, the successful candidate 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 candidate will be tasked with, but not limited to:

  • Gathering and defining requirement from internal and external users;
  • Preparation of Statement of Work and Requirement Documents as input to procurement process;
  • Reviewing of technical and management part of SW development proposals;
  • Configuration Management at ESTEC for the delivered SW;
  • Management/administration/maintenance of the anomaly tracking system (Mantis), the CM (Git) and the CI system (Jenkins);
  • Administration of anomalies/SPR at ESTEC;
  • Providing first line help-desk functions to SW users;
  • Investigation of anomalies;
  • Participation in Anomaly Review Boards;
  • Review of Contractors’ acceptance Test Plan and Procedures;
  • Review of deliverable documentation (SUM, Develop. Manual, ICD, etc);
  • Definition and execution of independent Validation Tests at ESTEC;
  • Software Packaging and for delivery to external entities and drafting of Release Notes.
  • Administration/maintenance of the SW delivery web pages of the division;
  • Participation to SW Acceptance;
  • Research and advise the H/GS Office as well as the H/System Analysis Office on latest state-of-the-art SW development technologies, libraries, frameworks as well as on SW architecture and design;
  • Support System and Mission Analysis tasks required by EO Projects;
  • Design, code, test and run Software multiplatform tools for these activities;
  • Document these activities to Projects.

Job requirements

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant technical or scientific discipline (e.g., Space System Engineering);
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience;
  • Strong and demonstrated background in space system engineering and mission analysis, in particular for Earth Observation missions;
  • Extremely solid experience relevant to the task description in particular with the SW skills related to multi language (C, C++, Java, Python) and multi platform (LINUS, OSX, Windows) development and related development tools/environments;
  • Knowledge of main graphical frameworks (e.g. Eclipse RCP, QT) as well as of virtualisation and containerisation techniques( Docker, VM, Singularity)
  • Experience with the EO application domains (processors, mission planning, E2E simulators) and with ESA SW procurement process is considered an asset;
  • Capability and willingness to understand specific EO algorithms (orbital mechanics or data processing) as needed;
  • Ability to work autonomously and with rigour within the boundaries of assigned tasks and stringent schedule, and supervise Contractor’s activity accordingly;
  • Proficient in the English language (spoken and written).


Netherlands, Noordwijk