Science & Utilization Planner

  • Full Time
  • Posted 1 month ago
  • The candidate shall be eligible to work in the European Union or in possession of a European Blue Card for two or more years. Excellent written and spoken English.

Company Details

Space Applications Services is a company based in the Brussels area (BE) that provides products and services for the space sector in many areas from Avionics, Robotics, Human Exploration, Science and Earth Observation.


At the European Space Agency/ESTEC, the Requirements Planning Service, provides the Interface between European Space Agency (ESA) Science and ESA Operations for the ESA research complement aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The team provides analytical services and products to ESA planners and operators, monitors and tracks ESA science, technology and education objectives, and advocates/defends these objectives within the multilateral ISS research community.

The successful candidate will be based at our customer premises at ESA- ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The position is in the Services Department (composed of 30 persons) within Space Applications Services’ structure.

The candidate will mainly report to the Science Team Lead.

Tasks and Responsibilities

As a member of the Requirements Planning Team, the candidate will have to:

  • Provide information support and analytical support to User Support Operations Centers, Increment Management & ESA’s Human Space Flight directorate
  • Monitor real time operations, upcoming activities, advocating for ESA Utilization Objectives
  • Track accomplishment of ESA research and payload utilization objectives and conduct post-increment crew-time utilization reconciliation
  • Review and provide comments or input to various increment or experiment documentation, including but not limited to:
    o Experiment Requirements Documents, Mission Operations and Integration Concept, CEFs
    o Input from third-party in NASA MIDAS Prime tool in coordination with ESA Logistics team
    o Documentation submitted as part of the Certificate of Flight Readiness (CoFR) process
  • Review and maintain increment Stage Priorities documentation
  • Prepare, contribute to and attend regular meetings/teleconferences, including with multilateral partners (Joint/Mission Management Team, Increment Coordination Meting, Payloads Integration meetings, Operations Teams tag-ups)

Contribute to and/or be responsible for regular deliverables issued by the service, or contribute to external deliverables including but not limited to

  • Increment Graphical Overview,
  • Weekly Science Summary, Accomplishment reports
  • Lessons learned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A university degree or equivalent qualification in a scientific (biology, medicine, physics, chemistry) or engineering discipline
  • At least 4 years of professional experience in research, research coordination or operations
  • Experience and/or familiarity with microgravity platforms, research and operations
  • Experience with Columbus and/or ISS operations or engineering would be considered as an asset.

The successful candidate will have the following skills

  • A proactive approach, with initiative and ability to work independently
  • Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills and attention to details
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Ability to

  • Synthesise, summarise and draw conclusions
  • Adhere to strict standards of confidentiality
  • Work in distributed international teams

What Do We Offer?

  • Working at a prestigious Customer location, in a growing company with Staff located in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands
  • A professional, pleasant atmosphere with motivated and passionate Staff, where autonomy and initiatives are encouraged
  • An interesting remuneration package with a relocation allowance, if applicable
  • A full-time position with an indefinite contract of employment.

How To Apply?

Please apply to this Job Advert by sending your CV and Motivation Letter (both in English) to the attention of Mr. Olivier Lamborelle.

The candidate shall be eligible to work in the European Union or in possession of a European Blue Card for two or more years.

We are looking for someone to start immediately.


Tagged as: operations, research, research coordination, microgravity platforms, columbus/iss operations, synthesise, summarise, draw conclusions

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