Payload Operations Engineer (M/F)

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To research and develop innovative systems, solutions & products

In the frame of our support to future Columbus systems and payloads operations, we have an immediate opportunity for an experienced System/Payload Operations Engineer.


In the frame of our support to future Columbus systems and payloads operations, we have an immediate opportunity for an experienced System/Payload Operations Engineer.

The work location will be at our customer’s premises at the Columbus Control Centre (Col-CC), in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
The work includes occasional travels in Europe or to the U.S.

Within Space Applications Services, the position is in the Training & Operations Team, in the Services Department, which comprises 30 persons.

The candidate will report to the Training & Operations Team Lead and the Services Department Manager, and interact with the Customer and other entities on a regular basis.

The start date is the 15th June, 2022.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Perform operations engineering activities for Operations product generation and Technical operations engineering
  • Represent and support the Mission Operations Service (MOS) at various ESA internal boards/panels and review boards as well as Space Station program/NASA or other IP boards/meetings as required (e.g. Crew time working group, Attitude working group)
  • Support the USOC and Mission Operations contract management as necessary (e.g. by attending progress meetings, division meetings and team meetings)
  • Provide operations engineering support/expertise to projects in the C/D phase (such as MPCC/Col-Ka Terminal and EDR2), with the goal to establish or update the operations concept in cooperation with the assigned USOC and the flight control team
  • Manage and coordinate the update of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for the MOS, in close coordination with the USOCs, training service and engineering and ground segment service
  • Review and assess first-time Experiment Science Requirements (ESRs) for operational feasibility and identification of new operational requirements
  • Define, establish and manage the “Big picture status reporting” for all ESA hardware on-board the ISS with regards to the operational status (e.g. rack & payload operations status, anomalies).

Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or similar
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in human space flight mission operations, with an emphasis on ISS and Columbus operations (e.g. former certified flight controller/ops lead or console support person)
  • Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines
  • Ability to Synthesise, summarise and draw conclusions
  • Ability to Adhere to strict standards of confidentiality
  • Ability to Work independently and in distributed international teams
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

What Do We Offer

  • Working within a growing company with Staff located in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and in the USA-Houston via our subsidiary company, AANA
  • A professional working environment with motivated Engineers and Scientists coming from all different horizons and countries with a common passion for space
  • A full-time position with an indefinite contract of employment
  • A competitive remuneration package and good working conditions
  • An individualised training and development programmes
  • A full support related to the local relocation.

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