Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

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

The Technology Applications Research Division develops innovative technology to meet the needs of future space missions, to Low Earth Orbit, Lunar Orbit, the Lunar Surface and beyond.

Typical applications are robotics, mechanisms and electronics for in-orbit servicing, rovers for lunar exploration and in-situ-resource utilisation complemented by virtual environments used to visualise the ways in which the technology will be used.


We are looking for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to lead the design and development of our innovative space robotics applications (in-orbit and planetary), in challenging ESA and EC funded projects.

These projects cover the following topics:

  • Active space mechanisms and their integration in robotics systems
  • Space actuators and robotics manipulators for on-orbit servicing
  • Lunar exploration rovers and in-situ resource utilisation facilities
  • Health countermeasures systems for astronauts for the future spacecraft and space stations.

The position is in the Systems Department , Robotics, Mechanisms and Structures (RMS) Team (comprised of 10 persons).

The candidate will mainly report to the RMS Team Lead and the Project Managers of the Flight System Team.

  • Location : Sint-Stevens-Woluwe (Brussels Area)
  • Start date : at the earliest

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical and management leadership to a Team of Mechanical Designers and Engineers.
  • Conceptualise, design and optimise mechanical systems for space applications, ensuring compliance with project specifications and industry/space standards.
  • Carry out functional analysis, design trade-offs and early validation with prototyping approaches
  • Perform end-to-end CAD design, optimisation and prepare models and drawings for manufacturing
  • Evaluate and select appropriate materials and processes, considering applications and environmental constraints
  • Collaborate with cross-functional Teams (Electrical, Systems and Quality Engineers) for seamless design integration
  • Iterate with Simulation Engineers for structural and thermal analyses considerations
  • Work closely with external partners and suppliers, for selection of the appropriated components
  • Support the testing, qualifications and acceptance activities
  • Implement and adhere to quality control process throughout the design and development lifecycle
  • Conduct and lead design and cross-functional reviews, with the team and external stakeholders
  • Generate the technical documentation required all along the processes.

Skills and Experience

  • A Master’s or PhD degree in mechanical or robotics engineering
  • At least 5 years of experience in mechanical design for space applications (space mechanisms is an asset)
  • High proficiency with CAD software, with proven track record of complex mechanisms and robotics design
  • Excellent knowledge of materials, tolerances, manufacturing processes and supply chain for space products
  • Good knowledge for space engineering life cycle, design standards (ECSS, NASA, ISO and MIL-STD) and practices, and qualification/acceptance processes
  • Good understanding of mechanical simulation and analyses (structural, thermal and vibration) stakes and issues
  • Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines
  • Ability to work in distributed international teams with excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Very Good written and spoken English.

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 Mr. Pierre Letier.

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