On-Board Computer and Data Handling Engineer

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Cyberprotected Intelligent Critical Systems Designer, Integrator

You will be working as an On-Board Computer and Data Handling Engineer in the On-Board Computer & Data Handling Section, Data Systems, Microelectronics & Component Technology Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering & Quality.

The On-Board Computer & Data Handling Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) what concerns turn-key on-board HW Data Handling solutions with emphasis on:

  • Platform and payload data handling architectures and their building blocks (equipment/units, modules and key components);
  • Units such as on-board computers, mass memories, remote terminals, instrument control units*;
  • Digital and analogue signal processing electronics for payload/platform functions;
  • Front-end acquisition and processing chain electronics*;
    on-board data transfer interfaces, buses and associated protocols (high and low speed);
  • Platform data handling functions related to security, data authentication, encryption, compression;
  • Use of microelectronics devices.
  • Implementation, inference, verification and validation of algorithms** on processing HW platforms for space applications* in close collaboration with other discipline experts (software, microelectronics and applications engineers).
  • Except for RF payloads.
  • Including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms.


You will report to the Head of Section and, within the technical fields described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of platform and payload data handling systems throughout all project phases;
  • Participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals;
    identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
  • Contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
  • Defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs;
  • Fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures;
  • Laboratory activities as required;
  • Monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-ofthe-art expertise;
  • Contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of
  • Knowledge across the Agency.
  • Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.


  • You will have a general background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position (data handling system engineering and data handling units development)

You will have specifically hands-on experience in:

  • The development and verification of space hardware
  • Related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
  • Project support experience in a relevant domain
  • Spacecraft systems knowledge
  • The preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc)

Tagged as: applications engineers, microelectronics

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