Software, Navigation and Data Processing Segment Engineer

European Space Agency - ESA
Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Added: April 20, 2024

Software, Navigation and Data Processing Segment Engineer

Job Requisition ID: 18622

Closing Date: 3 May 2024 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Directorate: Directorate of Navigation

Publication: Internal & External

Type of Contract: Permanent

Date Posted: 12 April 2024

Vacancy in the Directorate of Navigation.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands with a resident assignment to Toulouse (France)


Software, Navigation and Data Processing Segment Engineer in the Ground Software Systems and Functional Verification Section, Software Systems Division, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality (D/TEC).

You will be assigned as integrated support in the Development, AIV and Deployment Section of the EGNOS and SBAS Division in the Directorate of Navigation and will report to the Head of the EGNOS Development and IVQ Section.

The Central Processing Facility (CPF) is the EGNOS subsystem in charge of processing the GNSS signals collected from GNSS constellations to produce the various EGNOS/SBAS Safety of Life and Open Service navigation messages broadcast to users in compliance with applicable standards. Your duties will include, in particular, the management of the industrial activities in the areas of specifications, algorithm design, real-time software architecture and design, development and validation for the EGNOS CPF subsystem and CPF product software and hardware, covering both evolutions and anomaly resolution as part of EGNOS planned system releases and future EGNOS versions.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • supervising the specification, design, procurement and development of all Data Processing Segment software and related hardware in the EGNOS Division, for both aviation and non-aviation domains.;
  • interacting with the EGNOS prime contractors and developing subcontractors;
  • ensuring, in cooperation with the EGNOS Project Team, the compliance of all the software with the technical and performance requirements of the overall system;
  • actively contributing to the field of Research and Development for future CPF hardware and software architectures;
  • supporting new EGNOS missions and services, for both aviation and non-aviation domains, by providing expert support in real-time HW and SW architecture and end-to-end processing expertise;
  • supporting the EGNOS team in the area of software development, qualification, safety and AIV;
  • participating in periodic meetings with the D/TEC parent Section, contributing to the transfer of technical knowledge and lessons learned across the Agency.

Technical competencies

Experience in safety-critical software

Experience in real-time embedded software

Knowledge in the field of navigation and related data processing

Experience in the software development cycle following relevant standards

Experience in managing and monitoring industrial contractors and the conduct of industrial reviews

Experience in procurement processes and contract management as well as applied negotiation skills.

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


A master’s degree in computer science, engineering or physics is required for this post.

Additional Requirements

More than seven years of professional experience in real-time safety-critical software projects (design, development, verification, qualification and certification). Proven experience in a DO-178/DO-278 context will be seen as a clear advantage.

Experience in managing industrial contractors developing safety-critical software and real-time software is a distinct advantage.

The following are considered assets:

  • Experience in EGNOS processing design and qualification and in procurement preparation and implementation;
  • Knowledge of integrated modular architectures and state-of-the-art virtualisation and cloud computing technologies;
  • Knowledge of mission and system requirements analysis, system design, development, implementation technical follow-up, acceptance and qualification reviews.

You should have good interpersonal and communication skills. You should be able to work autonomously, effectively and cooperatively in a diverse, international team environment, with the ability to define and implement solutions in line with team and individual objectives and project deadlines.

You should also have good analytical, organisational and summary reporting skills, with a proactive attitude to solving problems.

You are willing to travel and thrive in a demanding international environment.

Other Information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

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The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required.

Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

Applicants must be eligible for security clearance by their national security administrations.

Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations.

The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email

Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States*.

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service.

In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level.

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