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Payload Engineer

  • Frascati, Lazio, Italy

Job description

We are looking for a Payload Engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Frascati, Italy. 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 the interview stage).

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

  • Manage the payload project; ensure that the optical payload is compatible with the satellite and mission requirements, implying understanding, reviewing, and challenging the payload design. This in collaboration with and support from the engineering team;
  • Ensure consistent flow-down of requirements from mission and system towards the optical payload
  • Ensure coordination of payload activities with project schedule;
  • Coordinate the definition of the payload interface requirements, between payload and other system elements, such as satellite platform, ground segment, payload data processing facility;
  • Critical assessment of payload technical readiness levels;
  • Manage payload inputs to system design, technical budgets, and operations concepts;
  • Manage payload inputs to the AIV, commissioning and calibration plans;
  • Perform system-level estimates of optical performance and provide support to the satellite performance verification by ensuring the consistency of the Payload Performance Model;
  • Gather and provide inputs as needed by the payload subcontractor;
  • Stay abreast of new technologies and techniques.

We encourage persons falling under categorie protette L.68/99 to apply. We do not discriminate based on disability.

Job requirements

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Physics with focus on Optics or Remote Sensing or equivalent field;
  • At least 8 years of experience with complex imaging systems, optical systems engineering;
  • Experience in (Payload) Systems Engineering across the program lifecycle (SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR, PSR, Launch), with knowledge of Systems Engineering concepts and processes;
  • Experience in evaluating compliance to requirements and generating supporting program data for system interfaces and dependencies as well as with compliance verification efforts during the program production, manufacturing, and/or AI&T phases;
  • Strong process focus with the ability to intelligently apply standard processes;
  • Able to thoroughly address responsibilities, with good attention to detail and a proven understanding of documentation methods and requirements;
  • Able to review, assess and document (complex) problems and to propose solutions;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong social skills, and ability to build consensus among peers while building solid relationships with team members;
  • Candidates must be eligible to work and live in EU.

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


  • Frascati, Italy


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.