CubeSat Systems and Test Engineer
Redu Space Services (RSS) has a vacancy for a member of the Education Team at the European Space Agency Security and Education Centre (ESEC), in Transinne (GALAXIA), in the Ardennes region of Belgium.
As a member of the Education team, you will report directly to the Education Team Leader.
The RSS education team provides a broad range of services in support of the activities of the ESA Education Office at the ESA Education Training Centre in ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium, such as:
- Support to the ESA Academy, a programme with the objective to complement the portfolio of knowledge of university students to better prepare them for a space-related career:
- Instructional design and coordination support for the Training & Learning Programme, which delivers a portfolio of training courses, in all areas of ESA’s expertise, from space law and entrepreneurship to spacecraft engineering and human space physiology.
- Engineering support to hands-on space-related projects, in particular CubeSat mission design, satellite assembly and test campaigns in the frame of the Fly Your Satellite! programme.
- Support to the STEM programme for primary and secondary school teachers, including the operation of the e-Technology lab, a didactic laboratory which offers direct hands-on experience to teachers by using space robotics and space science as learning and teaching contexts.
In this position you will:
- Support the various systems engineering activities of ESA Education’s Fly You Satellite! (FYS) programme, providing engineering guidance to university teams from early design stages up until launch and operations.
- Support the operations and maintenance activities of the CubeSat Support Facility, including preparation and execution of test campaigns on CubeSat systems, subsystems, and other educational experiments.
- Participate in the development and delivery of other satellite related activities of the ESA Academy, such as trainings on CubeSat Systems (e.g. CubeSat Summer School).
The main activities of the CubeSat Systems and Test Engineer include:
- Supporting the RSS work package coordinator in the management and delivery of the different tasks associated with the CubeSat Systems & Test engineering service provided to ESA.
- Taking charge of the day-to-day systems engineering support provided to university project teams, ensuring their progression through the different milestones of the Fly Your Satellite! programme.
- Review of engineering data packages and other technical & project related documentation.
- Organisation of projects reviews in accordance with ECSS standards.
- Coordination of verification control activities, such as participation in non-conformance review boards and processing product assurance documentation (NCRs, RFDs, RFWs,…)
- Liaising with ESA, academia, and industry experts to support the university engineering teams in the resolution of complex technical problems.
- Preparing training events and workshops for students, in collaboration with ESA specialists
- Providing support for the maintenance and operations of an environmental test facility, including the preparation and execution of environmental test campaigns, procurement activities, interfacing with service providers and more.
- Maintenance of document repositories (sharepoint), databases (e.g. statistics, maintenance database), software tools and others.
- Participating in procurement processes related to the development of the testing facilities at ESEC-Galaxia and of new training activities.
- Promoting and contributing to other education activities & initiatives of the ESA Education Office.
Ideal candidates will meet the following criteria:
- Be a national of a Member State of the European Union
- Fluent in spoken and written English; Knowledge of French is an asset.
- Have a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Space Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent qualification.
- Strong interest in education activities, and in the field of science and technology in general.
- At least 3 years of experience in a space-related engineering field (e.g. systems, structures, …).
- Knowledge of ECSS standards
- Prior experience in Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing and design is a very strong asset.
- Experience in PocketQube, CubeSat or SmallSat projects is a major asset.
- Hands-on experience with space hardware and/or testing is a major asset.
- Effective communication and persuasion skills, both verbal and written with different functional teams (technical, commercial, administrative)
- Candidates will be expected to have good organisational and reporting skills, as well as a strong proactive, self-starter and autonomous attitude, which is a must for the successful development and delivery of activities in parallel.
- Strong capacity to learn and adapt as well as an excellent aptitude for resolving problems autonomously and diplomatically, as the successful applicant will be in direct contact with many different stakeholders, from a wide range of ESA staff at different levels, to representatives of academia, experts, industry, and ESA’s international partners.
- The working environment is very international, multidisciplinary and has a strong focus on teamwork, therefore candidates are expected to be able to establish and maintain good working relationships with a variety of people from different nationalities and backgrounds.
Only the online applications (CV and cover letter) will be taken into consideration.