Thermomechanical Systems Engineer

Space Applications Services NV/SA
Brussels, Belgium/Remote
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 Thermomechanical Systems Engineer to be involved in the full development cycle of systems and system prototypes, in particular mechanical and thermal, from conceptual and architecture design to hands-on testing.

Contributions to the thermomechanical aspects of groundbreaking space missions and technologies will be vital. And more specifically, play a major role in developing thermomechanical designs for advancing technologies that transform resources on the Moon into functional materials, supply power to various exploration missions , among multiple other applications (e.g. Lunar rovers, payloads ).

The position is in the Systems Department, as part of the Future Projects and Exploration Team.

The candidate will mainly report to Future Projects and Exploration Team Lead.

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

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Design, develop and validate mechanical systems for both high and moderate temperature conditions with the coordination of the Line Managers
  • Engage in comprehensive mechanical and thermal analyses to substantiate design choice
  • Produce 3D models, component schematics, and assembly blueprints
  • Conduct hands-on assembly, verification, and testing of hardware prototypes
  • Collaborate with cross-disciplinary teams for system integration
  • Oversee procurement activities with external suppliers and partners
  • Prepare technical responses to Invitations to Tender
  • Lead technical product deliveries in relation with the assigned projects
  • Interact with customers
  • Perform planning of related activities
  • Provide technical support to the preparation of proposals.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field
  • Preferably 3 years of relevant experience in thermomechanical systems
  • Relevant and demonstrable experience in:

- High temperature applications and materials (this e.g. may include, but is not limited to industrial furnaces, thermal protection systems, sensors and instrumentation, high temperature material development or testing, spacecraft heat shields, propulsion systems, or others).

- Design of thermal architectures

- Fabrication, manufacturing, and assembly

  • Proficient in:

- Thermal and Mechanical analysis (e.g. Sinda, COMSOL, ESATAN, Marc, Nastran or others)

- 3D CAD Software (e.g. Solidworks)

  • Understanding of material science principles
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines
  • Passion for the mission and willingness to grow and thrive with the company
  • Very good written and spoken English.

Considered as Assets

  • Experience in flight hardware, lunar projects, environmental testing
  • Non-linear analysis and thermal networks
  • Familiarity with ECSS/NASA standards, ISRU or cross-disciplinary engineering skills.

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.