System Engineer (2 Posts)

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

System Engineer (2 Posts)

Job Requisition ID: 18601

Closing Date: 30 April 2024 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Directorate: Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Progr

Publication: Internal & External

Type of Contract: Permanent

Date Posted: 9 April 2024

Vacancy in the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore 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


System Engineer in the Sustaining Engineering & Integration Team, Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes (D/HRE), assigned as integrated support from the Systems Engineering Division, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

You will be part of a team responsible for maintaining the ESA infrastructure (on-orbit and ground-based) of the International Space Station (ISS). You will also assume engineering integration responsibilities towards the variety of utilisation customers in support of achieving their science objectives. The Engineering Team supports other missions, such as the Gateway programme, and you may also support activities relating to existing or future D/HRE programmes in coordination with the Directorate’s management and experts.

Your tasks will relate to the planning, execution and oversight of the engineering activities concerning the operations of the ESA ISS flight and ground-based infrastructure, systems, payloads, technology demonstrators and barter items.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • acting as Technical Officer, placing and managing external and internal contracts and work packages;
  • fulfilling the role of Engineering Lead for dedicated facilities and ISS increments and taking on additional related technical tasks as required;
  • delivering integration and sustaining engineering expertise to associated utilisation customers;
  • reinforcing mission definition with engineering assessments, directly and through industry/utilisation partners;
  • reinforcing mission implementation through the definition and implementation of requirements and for troubleshooting, anomaly resolution and maintenance activities;
  • assimilating end-to-end activities for new developments, system evolutions and updates, including their transition to operations;
  • bolstering increment integration activities and participating in and representing ESA Engineering as required for increment integration and payload mission integration matters up to final mission readiness meetings;
  • monitoring industry’s provision of services to ESA and partners and, as required,
  • evaluating new science requirements and new ISS payloads from an ISS infrastructure and engineering integration feasibility as well as affordability point of view (technical, economically including schedule perspective) .

You are expected to be flexible, with the ability to prioritise and adapt tasks and responsibilities as engineering activities naturally evolve and handle sudden urgent situations that may arise.

In the execution of your tasks, you will coordinate and work with industry, other teams within D/HRE and other ESA directorates, as well as external partners.

You will also participate in periodic meetings with parent Division contributing to the transfer of technical knowledge and lessons learned across the Agency.

Technical competencies

Experience of system engineering

Knowledge of maintaining complex systems

Experience in mission, spacecraft and/or payload operations

Experience of interfacing with industry, international partners and European national agencies

Experience with mission- and development safety-related implications in the context of human spaceflight

General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


A master’s degree in a relevant domain is required for this post.

Additional Requirements

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, you will be expected to establish and maintain good working relationships and networks with a wide range of people within ESA, as well as industry, government agencies and partners. You must, therefore, have excellent interpersonal skills,customer service attitude and the ability to work in a multicultural team.

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 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. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates.

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.

  • Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.