Space Life Support Engineer

Company Details

Telespazio Vega is the first choice aerospace company for IT and engineering solutions & services. We combine 40 years of experience in high-technology markets, where trust and quality are essential.


An opportunity for an experienced Chemical or Biotechnology engineer, to work onsite at ESTEC for Telespazio VEGA UK, within the field of sustainable life support technology.


To provide support to the Life support and Physical Sciences Instrumentation Section in ESA-ESTEC. The main focus of the work will be sustainable life support technologies, In Situ Resource Utilisation and small payload development for manned and unmanned spaceflight.

Responsibilities / Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to

  • Implement and supervise R&D activities in the field of sustainable life support technologies (e.g. MELiSSA), with a specific focus on bioreactors, biochemical processes characterisation, modelling and development;
  • Supervise the development of technology demonstrators on board ISS and follow up of operations over its life cycle;
  • Implement and supervise R&D activities in the area of In Situ Resource Utilisation;
  • Provide project support for manned spaceflight and scientific experiments onboard the ISS;
  • Provide support to the management of the MELiSSA project, technical and scientific coordination with MELiSSA partners.

Qualifications /Experience

  • MSc, or equivalent qualification, in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology/Microbiology,  Physics or related discipline

Essential Skills

At least 4 years of relevant work experience, covering:

  • Experience in specification, engineering and analysis of chemical and biochemical processes, knowledge of plant/food production;
  • Experience in multi-phases processes characterisation and engineering
  • Project Management
  • Management of R&D contracts, ideally both within academic and industrial environments
  • Knowledge of space systems engineering


  • Good English language skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skill
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively both within a small team and in an autonomous way
  • Positive, “can-do” approach


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. 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: melissa, in situ resource utilisation, chemical and biochemical processes, sustainable life support technologies, bioreactors, biochemical processes characterisation

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