LEO Spacecraft Operations Engineers (3 posts), VN 17/39
EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites
Are you an experienced Spacecraft Operations Engineer willing to support flight operations of the Metop satellites and the development and operations preparation of future LEO satellite systems?
EUMETSAT is the European satellite agency for monitoring weather and climate. Bringing together the resources of 30 Member States, we develop and operate a range of satellite systems surveying the atmosphere, ocean and climate that deliver information 24 hours a day. Our data is vital to weather forecasts that enable us to protect lives and property as well as monitoring the changing climate. EUMETSAT is now developing the next generation of satellite systems, shaping its long-term future.
We are inviting applications from experienced engineers keen to work with highly advanced satellite technology in a dynamic operational environment. We are recruiting for 3 positions that will provide suitable candidates the opportunity to support the preparation of operations for the future LEO satellite systems, in particular EPS/Metop-Second Generation and Jason-CS/Sentinel 6. In addition you will support routine flight operations of the existing Metop satellites. The roles are currently split into the following areas of responsibility:
- Co-ordinator for On-Board Software Management and Simulator Operations and first line Maintenance for multiple LEO missions;
- Payload Operations Co-ordinator on Metop first generation (and backup Co-ordinator for Metop Second Generation) with direct responsibility for certain instruments;
- Payload Operations Co-ordinator on Metop Second Generation (and backup Co-ordinator for Metop first generation) with direct responsibility for certain instruments.
In each of the roles you will be required to co-ordinate and participate in flight operations for up to three Metop satellites and up to three Sentinel-3 satellites, including the organisation and execution of special operations phases. You will also be part of the ‘on call’ schedule to respond to operational issues. Co-ordinating incident reviews and improvement activities, in close collaboration with other engineers, would be a crucial part of your role. Defining and managing support from external industry experts and interfacing with them directly and with other partner agencies in co-ordination meetings, reporting activities and anomaly reviews will form part of your day-to-day work. In addition you will participate in launch preparation and in-orbit commissioning activities for Metop-C and in the development and testing of procedures and operations, getting involved in training where necessary.
Along with a university degree in an engineering discipline (or equivalent), you should be able to demonstrate the following:
- significant professional experience in the field of flight operations, preferably gained during the development or operations of a LEO space system;
- experience interfacing with external entities, coupled with good interpersonal skills;
- ability to work in a clear, structured manner with a minimum of supervision;
- ability to detail and synthesise complex technical concepts in formal documents and verbal presentations.
Evidence of personal initiative and ability to achieve results in your professional experience would be considered desirable, as would any supervisory experience. Please ensure you detail your relevant experience in your application.
In addition to attractive salary and benefits, we offer an outstanding working environment in Darmstadt, ‘the City of Science’. We provide relocation support and comprehensive health and social welfare provision if applicable.
A good working knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written, is essential; knowledge of French would be desirable.
EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women and is seeking to recruit nationals from its Member States. Please see our website for further details.
To learn more and apply online, please visit https://onlineapplication.eumetsat.int reference VN 17/39.
Closing date is 17th September 2017 with interviews provisionally booked for w/c 16th October 2017.