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Optical Engineer

  • Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Job description

We are looking for an Optical Engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, to join their Optics Section. The selected candidate should show integrity and professionalism.

Please note, the successful candidate will be employed by ATG Europe (or one of its subsidiaries). Furthermore, upon selection, they will be subject to a general security screening performed by an external provider (further information will be provided at interview stage).

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

  • Follow-up of optical instrument design aspects and support to the development of optical subsystems;
  • Provision of expert technical support to ESA projects and studies for the development of optical space instrumentation throughout all project phases;
  • Definition and review of all optical system engineering aspects, including requirements, both at system and subsystem level, internal and external interfaces, and engineering budgets;
  • Participation in project reviews;
  • Evaluation of procurement proposals;
  • Contribution to design/optical related performance improvement by identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
  • Development of mathematical models and simulations of optical instruments;
  • Definition and follow-up of instrument on-ground test and calibration activities and of in-orbit commissioning;
  • Contribution to lab activities.

Job requirements

  • Master or PhD in Physics or Optical Engineering;
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience;
  • Project and/or industrial experience in the design, engineering and testing and verification of various types of optical instrumentation;
  • Solid experience in precision optical measurements at system, sub-assembly and component level;
  • Experience in space project work and operations in a cleanroom environment;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the use and application of the ISO 9000 series or ISO 17025 standards for quality management of test laboratories;
  • Good technical judgement;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

Please submit your application in English via the apply button below. Applications submitted in other languages will not be considered.


  • Noordwijk, Netherlands


What do we offer?

In ATG Europe (or our subsidiaries) you will have the chance to work on the most interesting and technologically advanced projects in the space, big-science, and high-tech domains. You will enjoy the focused yet relaxed spirit and culture of our teams and the excellent working conditions our company provides. We firmly believe that development and growth perspectives are crucial to everyone’s career, and we therefore provide you with a personal development plan, regular assessment checkpoints and a dedicated training and education budget to support you, not only in your current work, but also paving the road to your next professional steps.

For those relocating in order to embrace a new career with us, we offer international relocation assistance in settling in your new home or finding the right school for your children and a relocation budget that is applicable to all ATG staff.

About ATG Europe

Today, ATG Europe is recognized as a leading provider of specialized engineering, scientific and technical services to the European Space, Big-Science, and high-tech industry. Our headquarters are located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands and we have subsidiaries in Germany, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and the UK. Besides these countries, ATG also operates in France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, and Belgium.