Payload Operations Engineer

Space Applications Services NV/SA
Brussels, Belgium/Remote
Added: April 23, 2024

The Services Department provides end-to-end services for the development and operation of complex systems, and support by highly qualified and expert scientists, engineers and instructors. We provide complete teams and individuals to manage, coordinate and execute service provision, expert in many scientific and engineering domains as well as staff experienced in operations and training.


Operation Engineers, in our Company, lead the payload operations at the ICE Cubes Mission Control Centre (ICMCC) (Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, Brussels Area) and at the Belgian User Support and Operations Center B.USOC (Ukkel, Brussels Area).

The ICE Cubes Service is a commercial end-to-end service allowing public or private entities to run their experiment on board the International Space Station (ISS). The B.USOC is a mission control centre from where ESA scientific instruments on-board the ISS are managed and controlled, and science data received and processed.

The successful candidate will be part of the Operations Team (OPS) Team from our Services Department (comprises of 30 persons) and will primarily support the operations preparation and execution of payloads on the ISS as well as the ground segment maintenance.

The candidate will mainly report to the Operations Team Lead .

  • Location : Sint-Stevens-Woluwe (Brussels Area)
  • Start date : As of June 2024

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Understand the scientific objectives and the design of the mission experiments
  • Develop and follow-up of Mission Timeline
  • Organise mission dry runs or mission simulations, including the participation of the science teams
  • Maintain the ground infrastructure (preventive and corrective maintenance)
  • Coordinate the verification and validation activities of the ground segment infrastructure
  • Troubleshoot and follow-up of anomalies affecting the ground services to the mission
  • Support development of software tools

Develop and validate:

  • Mission/Payload Operations Concept
  • Operations products, such as Crew and ground procedures, Monitoring Displays, console manual, etc

Participate to:

  • Regular meetings with the mission stakeholders
  • Overall payload operations execution, including shift work and regular on-call.

Skills and Experience

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Sciences or Computer Sciences
  • Excellent organisational and communications skills in English (spoken, written)
  • Polyvalent, stress-resistant and problem-solving attitude.

Experience with/in:

  • System administration tasks, especially related to Linux and networking
  • Documentation and/or procedure writing in English

Considered as Assets

  • Knowledge or prior experience with ground segments or mission control systems.

Experience with/in:

  • Operations and/or operations engineering,
  • Information Security Technologies with relevant certification(s)
  • Programming (Linux shell scripting, Java, C++ are preferred languages)

Our Offer

  • Working within an exceptional sector with Staff located in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands
  • A professional and modern working environment with motivated Administrative Staff, Engineers, Astronaut Training Instructors and Scientists coming from all different horizons and countries with a common passion for space and their own expertise
  • A full-time position with an indefinite contract of employment
  • A competitive remuneration package and good working conditions
  • Working from home in part can be a possibility
  • An individualised training and development programmes.

About Us

Space Applications Services is a company at the forefront of space technology development and the provision of services for human spaceflight, exploration and earth observation missions. Headquartered in Belgium (Brussels Area), with a research office in the Netherlands and a subsidiary in the USA, the company provides solutions for both commercial and institutional customers. We work with clients such as the European Space Agency, the European Commission, governmental and national space agencies as well as the major space industries.

The company develops payloads, avionics, robotics technology and products, and provides complete mission operations control centre solutions to EN9100 standards. The company also provides engineering, science and training services, including astronaut training. From our headquarters, we are in daily contact with the International Space Station (ISS) ensuring our Customers’ research is successful.

How To Apply

Upload your CV and Motivation Letter, both in English and to the attention of Ms Saliha Klaï.

The candidate shall be eligible to work in the European Union.