Programme & Engineering Coordinator for University Education

Company Details

RHEA Group is a growing international company, focusing on providing innovative, market-ready solutions and services in our key sectors of Space and Security for both commercial and institutional customers. We have over 600 staff working across 11 different countries. We work with distinguished clients such as the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, NATO, European Commission, Canadian Government and national space agencies.

On behalf of ESA, we are currently looking for a Programme & Engineering Coordinator for University Education to work in its Site (ESTEC) in the city of Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The position focuses on the coordination of hands-on activities and experiments for university students related to microgravity and hypergravity platforms. In cooperation with the facility operators, and with other professional specialists, the key person will support the selection of experiments proposed by university student teams, and will follow-up their projects throughout their lifecycle (concept, design, development, testing, experiment campaign, data analysis), both from a programmatic and engineering viewpoint.

The set of programmes includes Drop Your Thesis, Spin Your Thesis, Fly Your Thesis, Spin Your Thesis (Human) and Orbit Your Thesis.

Occasional support for other ESA Academy activities, including delivery/development of training courses may also be required.

Please note that this is a fixed-term contract (until 30/09/2021).

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Support the preparation and the publication of the Call for Proposals for the student projects, the review and the evaluation of the proposals, and the projects selection process.
  • Liaise with the partners and/or with the organisations which are involved in the conduct of the student hands-on project (universities, space agencies, industries, or other associations, and ESA colleagues).
  • Liaise with the student teams involved in the ESA Academy’s hands-on space projects, to ensure they receive the due financial or logistics support.
  • Coordinate the technical supervision of the student projects (with the support of professional specialists from ESA and the other partners, as available), to ensure compliance to requirements, applicable standards, and good space engineering practice.
  • Supervise the preparation and conduct of project meetings, project reviews, test campaigns, and of workshops or conferences.
  • Assist Young Graduate Trainees assigned to the programmes in subject.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Engineering, with at least 4 years of relevant working experience.
  • Experience in the management of space project.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to coordinate effectively work contributions from several different parties.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders (ESA, the involved international partners, industry, academia and students).
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Knowledge of the university student programmes conducted by ESA’s Education Office.

Working at RHEA

When you work for RHEA, you will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best talented minds and experts in our industries, either working at our clients sites on some of the most exciting space missions or on cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data  and ground systems within our own offices.

To attract the best candidates, RHEA offers our employees competitive remuneration packages, unique career opportunities, individualised training and development programmes and local relocation support to take the stress out moving to another country or city. We are recruiting now. We understand your concerns during this period of a global pandemic and we will work with you, at your pace ensuring your questions are answered and maximum flexibility is offered.

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