Space Applications Services is a company at the forefront of space technology development and the provision of services for human spaceflight, exploration and earth observation missions. Headquartered in Belgium (Brussels Area), with a research office in the Netherlands and a subsidiary in the USA, the company provides solutions for both commercial and institutional customers.
The ESA Education Office, through its Experiments activity set, is using ground- and space- based experiment platforms, including centrifuge, drop tower, parabolic flights and ICE Cubes, to offer knowledge and offer hands-on experience to European students, in an international context, through project-based learning, combining product development, entrepreneurship, innovation, and downstream applications.
Within Space Applications Services the position is in the Services Department, Training & Operations Team.
The candidate will mainly report to an on-site Line Manager and to the Space Applications Services Training & Operations Team Lead.
- Location: ESA ESEC Center in Libin/Redu, Belgium (Hybrid)
Tasks and Responsibilities
The major tasks will revolve around providing high quality support for the successful delivery of ESA Academy’s Experiment programme (known today as “PETRI”, and building on the former ‘Spin Your Thesis’, ‘Drop Your Thesis’, ‘Fly Your Thesis’ and ‘Orbit Your Thesis’ programmes) in the “Experiments” activity set. The Experiments Programme provides university students with an educational experience spanning the development of an idea all the way through to the execution of the experiment or technological demonstration. The process guides students through the various phases and reviews with the support of professional engineers and scientists.
The assigned tasks will help university student teams in all aspects of their project culminating in development of hardware for multiple platforms including, but not limited to:
- Large Diameter Centrifuge (ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands)
- Orbital Robotics Laboratory (ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands)
- ZARM Drop Towers in Bremen University (Bremen, Germany)
- Novespace’s AirZeroG parabolic aircraft (Merignac, France)
- ICE Cubes Facility on the International Space Station (LEO platform)
- Space Rider System (LEO platform)
The tasks and responsibilities will cover all phases of the experiment programme, including:
- Overall schedule of the various programme elements, in collaboration with all ESA directorates and partners organizations
- Coordination of the call for applications and selection
- Monitor the progress of the students’ projects and assist with various ESA-provided activities, facilities or partner activities/facilities.
- Coordinate engineering, communication and business support to the students teams.
The tasks further include the support to the thematic alignment of various ESA Academy activity sets, enabling the synergetic use of learning modules across classroom learning / e- learning, hands-on projects, and engagement opportunities.
Skills and Experience
- University degree (at least at MSc level) in Engineering, scientific or business domain
- Knowledge of the European academic landscape as well as the space sector (institutional, commercial and/or industrial)
- At least 3 years of professional experience
- Experience in Project Management with the ability to effectively:
- Coordinate work contributions from several different parties
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders (ESA, the involved international partners, industry, academia and students).
- Ability to:
- Synthesise, summarise and draw conclusions
- Adhere to strict standards of confidentiality
- Work in distributed international teams
- Work independently
- Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines
- Excellent organisational, reporting, and communication skills, including in giving effective presentations
- 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 shared 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.
Space Applications Services is a company at the forefront of space technology development and the provision of services for human spaceflight, exploration and earth observation missions. Headquartered in Belgium (Brussels Area), with a research office in the Netherlands and a subsidiary in the USA, the company provides solutions for both commercial and institutional customers. We work with clients such as the European Space Agency, the European Commission, governmental and national space agencies as well as the major space industries.
The company develops payloads, avionics, robotics technology and products, and provides complete mission operations control centre solutions to EN9100 standards. The company also provides engineering, science and training services, including astronaut training. From our headquarters, we are in daily contact with the International Space Station (ISS) ensuring our Customers’ research is successful.
How To Apply
Send your CV and Motivation Letter (both in English) to the attention of Mr. Olivier Lamborelle by clicking on Apply Now below.
The candidate shall be eligible to work in the European Union or in possession of a European Blue Card for two or more years.
Image Credit: ESA.