LEO Missions Ground Segment Engineer

Company Details

RHEA Group is an international leading Space and Security engineering organisation providing engineering services and customised technology solutions enabling the design, operation and utilisation of space systems and other critical infrastructure. We attract skilled engineers, scientists and management professionals worldwide; and offer a range of exciting career paths within our organisation and working alongside clients such as the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the European GNSS Agency, NATO, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, etc.

Are you looking for a new opportunity in a fast-moving global company with a family feel? A job where you could have an impact?

We are looking for a LEO Missions Ground Segment Engineer to contribute to future LEO (Low Earth Orbit) missions, including the EPS-Aeolus Project and EPS-Sterna Project.

The role will be based in our client’s premises in Darmstadt, Germany, with occasional travel required for certain projects.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Defining the conceptual build and configuration which will result in a physical architecture, described by its complete functional, hardware and software characteristics and interfaces.
  • Assessing dependability, effectiveness, risks, efforts and planning.
  • Performing technical analyses for the purpose of resolving requirements conflicts, assessing system effectiveness and justification of the proposed conceptual and physical designs considering the reuse of operational components developed in the context of various EUMETSAT ground segments as well as COTS.
  • System and Ground segment requirement engineering, specifically to support definition of system level requirements and definition of ground segment requirements flowing down from system level ones.
  • Leading and following up activities aimed at setting up a ground infrastructure (antenna, front end back, processing and distribution) at EUMETSAT in time for launch (e.g. AWS Protoflight launch).
  • Performing RAMS analysis to define the overall system availability and reliability, identification of single points of failure and assess general maintainability aspects of the system. This activity may be a contribution to a wider RAMS analysis scope at system/mission level.
  • Supporting the evaluation of technical solutions in the scope of current state of the art technologies, also in the context of their suitability for the implementation of critical ground segment operational systems.
  • Identifying opportunities for the use of shared ground segment infrastructures, these being multi-mission elements or other of interest for the programme.
  • Supporting IVV design and preparation activities and support for definition of test tools and test data required to support the IVV implementation.
  • Contributing to the overall engineering activities (initially for the AWS and DWL missions), in particular contribution to mission system requirements engineering and to system design.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent, from an institution of higher education (in a relevant discipline), with at least five years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in System Engineering on space projects.
  • Knowledge of requirement management process and tools, e.g. DOORS.
  • Experience in requirements-based design, development and verification process of satellite ground systems.
  • Knowledge of processes implementation based on standards, in particular knowledge of ECSS and CCSDS standards.
  • Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures.
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills and experience would be highly desirable:

  • Experience with Low-Earth Orbiting satellites.
  • Experience in RF engineering and verification on space to ground links.
  • Experience in mission control systems, operations or in ground processors.
  • Involvement in the development of new space systems (phase A/B).
  • Experience on conduction of IVV activities, and test tools at system or subsegment level.
  • Familiarity with Model-Based Systems Engineering tools (e.g. Enterprise Architect).

Why should you apply?

  • You will have the opportunity to work within a major institution.
  • We encourage everyone to think outside the box and to push the boundaries of traditional knowledge. This role is an opportunity to join a forward-thinking company and allows for a deeper understanding of the industry.
  • Benefits include: competitive remuneration packages; unique career opportunities, including working in other countries; personalized training and development programmes; flexible relocation support.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, all genders, LGBTQ+ individuals and ex-service personnel.

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