Technology and Frequency Management Engineer

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A brilliant new opportunity has arisen for an experienced Technology & Frequency Management Engineer to work as a contractor with the Future Missions and Instruments Division on site at ESTEC.


To work within the Future Missions and Instruments Division (EOP-8M), the Technology Coordination and Frequency Management Section (EOP-8MT) being responsible for the two main tasks:

Identification of technology requirements for future Earth Observation (EO) missions. A solid collaboration with; other sections of the division, other divisions in the EOP directorate, and ESA’s technical directorate is essential for this work. The nature of the work requires a wide knowledge in engineering disciplines, with a natural inclination for learning and understanding new technologies in connection to EO space systems.
The analysis and monitoring of the evolution of frequency needs for EO missions, including early concepts and potential interference conflicts with other communication services sharing the spectrum.

Responsibilities / Duties

To provide engineering support in the area of EO Technology for the following tasks:

  • Identification of the technology requirements for future Earth observations missions, covering the whole spectrum (mainly platform and ground stations network, but also support to optical and RF instruments).
  • Providing support to technology developments for future EO missions, in particular for the standardisation of the platform and for the communications with the ground segment.
  • Initiating and conducting internal studies and support the review of the results of industrial activities and in the area of technology development and modelling of end-to-end system (e.g. data flow, technical budgets) or on-board sub-system aspects.
  • Supporting the definition and monitoring of missions under preparation through; participation to reviews, assessment of industrial results, evaluation of proposals in reply to calls, including sub-system performance analyses or technology maturity aspects.
  • Supporting the EO technology observatory function outside the EOP Directorate (e.g. ESA Technology Harmonisation, ARTES), and outside ESA (e.g. other space agencies, Horizon Europe in the EC, commercial initiatives under NewSpace, and the potential spin-in from non-space sectors).
  • Supporting the interaction within ESA and with ESA’s Member States on EO future technologies, for example through dedicated information days.
  • Building up relevant IT repositories with information about technology developments or new mission concepts of relevance to Earth Observation.

Qualifications / Experience

  • University Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Engineering.
  • Experience in space projects and associated technology developments.

Essential Skills

  • Experience in the development of advanced on-board system and sub-technologies for space applications, ideally in the EO domain.
  • Experience in Space Projects for Earth Observation.
  • Experience with System (Performance) Simulation and End-to-End Satellite Data Flow, including data processing.
  • Good knowledge of remote sensing techniques used in EO missions.
  • Proficiency with tools such Matlab, STK and/or similar.
  • Pro-active in organising and building up electronic means to share the technology knowledge with larger groups.


  • Ability to promote cooperation and teamwork
  • Methodical, and proactive, attitude to solving problems
  • Good English language skills
  • Good organizational, and communication, skills


  • Competitive Package covering salary, generous holiday allowance, training plan and more


  • In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU, or UK (as applicable). Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

Tagged as: Matlab, STK, end-to-end satellite data flow, eo domain

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