Company Details

We are the first choice European aerospace company for software centric engineering solutions. We combine 40 years of experience in a market, where trust and quality are needed. With more than 400 employees in Germany, we shape the future of aerospace – and beyond – together.

Our staff plays a key role for our success through their qualifications, motivation, enthusiasm, different cultural backgrounds and their sense of collaboration in an open international environment living our values; trust, integrity, participation and curiosity.

We are committed to crafting a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We offer a wealth of benefits to support a balanced work life balance, including but not limited to flexible working hours, mobile working and ongoing career development.

The Position

We are looking for a F&T generation e distribution system professional with working experience. If you have experience and familiarity with design, corrective maintenance and operations activities related to ground segment F&T related systems, we are searching for you!

This position is based at ESOC in Darmstadt. It is full-time and permanent and expected starting date will be January 1st 2023.

We are looking forward to meeting you!


Are you passionate about space missions, ground segment, F&T systems and seeking a meaningful opportunity to enfold your talents? Then you are on the right track!

The daily activities requested, will be supporting the European Space Agency (ESA) with highly qualified services at the European Operations Control Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt. In particular, the selected candidates will run a service at ESOC where they will provide your expertise the field of F&T generation and distribution systems for all ESTRACK infrastructure

As part of this role, in close and direct collaboration with the client, the selected candidate will:

  • Support to ground station developments, i.e. support to the definition of technical specifications and statement of works, participate to procurement in the role of expert, support to design reviews as well as support to factory and site acceptance tests.
  • Support to technology development activities, i.e. support to the definition of requirements, support in preliminary prototype and bread boarding activities, support to the evaluation of achievements.
  • Support to preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance.
  • Support to operations during critical phases
  • Design of frequency and timing generation and distribution systems, caesium, rubidium and maser based frequency generation, optical and microwave (sapphire) clocks, optical (fibre) clock distribution
  • Lead activities and studies related to optical communications (e.g. detectors development for OGS, adaptive optics for Optical Deep space Antenna)
  • Performing technical calculations: e.g. free space optical communication link budgets, end-to-end and optical systems performance, light detection with CCD, CMOS systems, optical communication receivers, timing jitter, phase and amplitude noise analysis, clock stability / Allan deviation
  • Lead activities and studies related to  innovative techniques of time and/or frequency transferring (i.e. time transfer through free space optics)
  • Fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, with the emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures
  • Monitoring of applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise

Crucial Skills

  • Experience (min 4 years) in:
    • Design and procurement of frequency and timing systems
    • Caesium and rubidium based frequency and timing systems (in 15m antennas)
    • Maser based frequency and timing systems (mainly in 35m antennas)
    • Optical clocks
    • Microwave (sapphire) clocks
    • Optical (fibre) clocks distribution
  • University degree in software engineering or similar
  • Project planning and project management
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Coordinate and communicate work effort with organization
  • Interest in being part of an international team continuously looking to improve our capabilities

Desirable Skills

proven knowledge on:

  • lasers systems: IR and UV sources and detectors
  • precision measurement: frequency metrology and high accuracy molecular spectroscopy

Your Benefits of joining us

  • Work-life balance: sabbatical (time off for travelling around the world, extended parental leave, further education, etc.);
  • Financial benefits: Company pension plan, net wage optimisation programme including IT / bicycle leasing, discounted annual ticket for public transport, employer loans, etc.;
  • Employee recommendation scheme: We are grateful when our employees support us in finding new recruits. You will receive a bonus of 1,500 EUR to 3,000 EUR per successful recommendation;
  • Relocation support: We offer our newcomers a relocation lump sum and support you in finding a suitable new home as well as in finding a school or nursery for your children and much more. Should need be, this can even include support in the search for a job for your partner.
  • Career development: For us, further education and training are an essential part of people management, because this is the only way we can achieve our goal, namely a long-term and successful work relationship with you. Would you like to change your professional focus and work on other projects or change geographically? We will support you here as well.
  • Company event and activities: We have BBQs, Christmas parties and TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) events. On top of that, we organise team-building events and events internal to departments to promote team spirit. Let us know if you have creative ideas for corporate events or new initiatives that you would like to introduce to our company culture, no matter whether they are of artistic or technical nature.


Are you equally inspired by our visions and dreams? Get in touch with us today and send us your application!

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