Solar Generators Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Added: February 23, 2024

Telespazio Belgium can count on almost 40 years of experience in the field of Space Operations Service & Engineering activities.

We provide a significant contribution to the most major Space programs of the European Space Agency. Our core business is to work on the ground to build bridges into space, contributing to the success of ambitious missions.

The European Space Agency is our biggest client and we provide highly qualified employees to many sites of ESA but mainly for ESTEC in the Netherlands, and we provide a permanent contract with great benefits, a good salary, a relocation package along with genuine support to our employees.

On behalf of the European Space Agency, we are looking for a highly skilled Solar Generators Engineer to work in ESTEC, in the Netherlands.

What is expected from you;

  • The functional support to ESA spacecraft programmes (and other European projects, if required) for space solar generator design, manufacturing and testing, including the provision of independent, technical assessment in Project Reviews.
  • The definition, promotion and implementation of the technological research programme for advanced photovoltaic generator technology, including solar cells, photovoltaic assembly processes and components (e.g. cover-glasses), solar generator subsystems, environmental effects models, testing methods and test facilities.
  • The maintenance of the ESA solar generator laboratory facilities and the execution of engineering and qualification tests.
  • The definition and implementation of European standards in the solar generator domain.
  • Provision of functional support to one or several ESA satellite projects.
  • Monitoring of qualification and test programs for body-mounted and deployable solar arrays utilizing advanced solar cells.
  • Supervision of industrial contracts for research and development of solar cells and modules (including next generation multi-junction solar cell and solar generator technologies, concentrator systems and experiments on space environmental effects on the solar generators).
  • Assistance to the EPG section team on solar array-related design and qualification issues and in the execution of characterisation and environmental tests of solar cells, modules and solar generators.

What you offer

  • Master's degree or equivalent qualification in Electrical Engineering or Semiconductor Physics.
  • Experience in multi-junction space solar cells technology.
  • Knowledge of space solar array design and technologies.
  • Experience in space photovoltaic assembly (PVA) technology.
  • Knowledge of the main characterisation and environmental tests for space solar cells and solar generators
  • Familiarity with European Space Standard (ECSS) requirements.
  • Experience in technical contract management.

The candidate must be eligible for security clearance from their national security administration.

What we offer

  • A competitive salary
  • 30 days of paid annual leave, plus the days ESTEC is closed including public holidays (~12 days) based on a 40-hour working week;
  • Hybrid working scheme (3 days in the office and 2 days remote in the Netherlands)
  • Flexible working hours; you are in charge of your own agenda respecting core working hours
  • Fully paid collective extensive health insurance scheme;
  • A good pension scheme with no personal contribution;
  • A career development (Coursera membership + training budget);
  • Travel allowance;
  • Extensive relocation package


You will be working within ESTEC, the European Space Agency’s offices in the Netherlands as a contractor for Telespazio Belgium. We don’t expect the employees to be on-site full time however you will still have to relocate to the Netherlands for this position .

Check out the ESTEC site here:


Deadline to apply: 14/03/2024

Please note that interviews will be held either via skype, webex, other digital platforms or onsite in ESTEC

We look forward to receiving your application for this position!