SFR Fetching System Functional System Engineer

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Job Overview

On behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), we are looking for a SFR Fetching System Functional System Engineer for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their SFR Fetching System Team.
Please note this is an external consultant position not a Staff position.

Tasks & Responsibilities

The FSE will offer technical expertise in support of the SFR Fetching System Developments, covering the following areas:

  • RDS development
    • The RDS comprises the Visual Based Detection System (VBDS), a software responsible for the autonomous detection of the RSTAs on the surface of Mars, as well as the Cameras involved in the task (i.e. NavCams shared between Navigation and RSTA detection and the Arm wrist camera). The FSE will be responsible for the development, qualification and timely delivery of all the RDS elements. The development and validation of algorithms within the VBDS will be supported by the FS Robotics Engineer and additional specialists as needed.
  • Software development within the FS
    • The FS encompasses the following SW elements:
    • The VBDS SW;
    • Motion planning and control SW of the AGS;
    • The Acquisition Management System (AMS), a SW element at FS-level which links together the SFR central SW to the VBDS and motion control SW;
    • The FSE will support the SW development lifecycle within the FS team, and will support, together with a SW specialist, the follow up of related industrial activities The FSE will work in close cooperation with the ESA SFR SW System Engineer, who is the overall responsible for the SFR SW.
  • Fetching System operations
    • The FSE will be the focal point within the FS team on all related operational aspects and activities, and will directly liaise with/support the SFR Surface and Mission Operations System Engineers (SOSE and MOSE respectively). The FSE will support the ConOps definition as needed and will monitor their translation to requirements on the design of the FS elements. Finally, the FSE will participate to operations-related reviews and interface with all the relevant stakeholders.
  • Fetching System Functional Verification
    • The FSE will oversee the end-to-end functional verification (FV) of the FS, including the needed FV infrastructure, i.e. simulators, facilities and Ground Support Equipment. These tasks will be carried out in close cooperation with FS Robotics Engineer and the SFR AIV System Engineer.
  • Systems Engineering support
    • The FSE will work in close cooperation with the FS Robotics Engineer and support the FS Team Leader in general systems engineering tasks (e.g. interfaces, technical budgets, verification) as needed across the tightly integrated Fetching System.
  • Interfacing and General Responsibilities
    • The FSE will support the FS Team Leader in the procurement and timely delivery of the flight FS in accordance with the approved technical and programmatic budgets, requirements and interfaces. Towards this goal, the FSE will work in close cooperation with the FS Robotics Engineer responsible of AGS subsystem. The FSE will coordinate on the ESA side, reviews under his/her domain of responsibility. The FSE will work in close cooperation with the members of the SFR team as needed. More specifically the FSE will:
    • Liaise with the SFR-JPL Interface System Engineer on all external interfacing aspects;
    • Support the MOSE and SOSE on all FS-related operational aspects;
    • Liaise with the AIV System Engineer on verification aspects;
    • Liaise with and support the SFR SW System Engineer on the FS SW development lifecycle;
    • Liaise with members of the SFR Engineering Team as required;
    • Liaise with the SFR Product Assurance Manager to ensure that proper PA practices are followed throughout the development in the areas under his/her responsibility;
    • Participate in, and provide support to other areas of the project where the post holder’s experience can be applied.


  •  A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in an engineering discipline.
  • Minimum 4 years of demonstrated widespread experience in aerospace or human spaceflight activities management, including development, integration and operations activities of complex payloads and/or spacecrafts.


  •  Proven experience in B2/C/D/E project development phases for ESA projects.
  •  A proven experience in interfacing with partners in an international environment is an asset.
  •  A strong aptitude for relationship management as well as good communication skills. The post requires a result-oriented approach to work in a highly
  • complex project environment.
  •  A strong capacity for planning and organizing tasks.
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to deliver focused concise management reports or presentations.
  •  Team-oriented mentality, good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  •  Capability to develop and acquire new skills as needed by the post.
  •  Experience in Robotics-related space projects or payloads is an asset.
  •  Fluency in English is required.

ATG Europe offers excellent working conditions and provides you with all the necessary means to further your career. We believe that training and education, combined with regular assessments and a personal development plan, will create the best environment for growth. If needed we also assist you with settling in your new home or finding the right school for your children. ATG will help in any way it can, including a relocation budget that is applicable for ATG staff as well as employees working at one of our clients.

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