Telecommunications Satellite Payload Engineer

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As the Telecommunications Satellite Payload Engineer in the Space Segment Section at ESA/ESTEC, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Be responsible for the management of activities devoted to the development of satellite payload technology and products under the responsibility of the Payload Technology Section including:
  • Initiating, monitoring and controlling space segment technology and product development activities for satellite communications under the ARTES Core Competitiveness (CC) and other ARTES programme lines, with a focus on digital communication technologies.
  • Liaising with the Procurement Department, the Strategic Programme Line Managers and other relevant Departments of ESA as necessary to fulfil this role.
  • Supporting activities of the Ground Segment Section and the creation and implementation of ARTES partnership projects;
  • Reporting regularly on the progress, status, schedule and outcome of ARTES activities, including realistic forecasting of milestone completion dates;
  • Identifying and defining product and technology needs for future satellite communication services, in particular for digital communication technology and products;
  • Supporting the promotion of the ARTES 4.0 programme and the ARTES socio-economic impact analysis;
  • Coordinating the provision of expert technical support from other ESA organisational units (e.g. TEC) as required to ensure an effective initiation and management of activities.

Skills/experience: 

Masters degree in relevant field and relevant experience in the following areas

  • Experience in managing technology development activities carried out by industry for commercial satellite communication;
  • Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes;
  • Knowledge of satellite communication system architectures, products and market;
  • Experience in the specification, design, development and testing of at least one of the following: digital signal processors, communication modems, digital and/or mixed-signal ASICs, software-defined radios, RF equipment, active antennas, optical communication technology.
  • Applicants should also demonstrate strong negotiation skills and contract/subcontract management experience.
  • Experience in space segment technology and equipment as well as subsystem design and development is required.
  • Experience in the satellite telecommunication industry would be a distinct advantage.

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Tagged as: artes 4.0, software defined radios, rf equipment, mixed signal asics, active antennas, optical communication technology

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