Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESTEC and ESAC. Aurora has the opportunity to expand our support to ESA in the domain of the Advanced Technologies Section, in the Future Missions Preparation Office (SRE-F), within the Science and Robotic Exploration directorate (D/SRE).
Future Technologies Engineer (SRE-003)
OverviewThe Advanced Technology Section is responsible for the timely development of technologies required for the future science and robotics exploration. This includes the survey, identification and definition of required technologies, and the planning, coordination and management of the associated Technology Development Activities (TDAs) that are implemented in the European space industry. A solid collaboration with the other Sections of the Division and TEC is essential to this work. The principle tasks of the Applied Physicist/Engineer will include:
- Provide support to the development of the technologies required for the future ESA science and Robotic exploration missions as defined in the Cosmic Visions 1525 and Robotic Exploration Programmes (CV1525 and MREP): TDAs documentation preparation (Statement of Work, technical requirements) and technical follow-up,
- Provide support to the technology planning and the production of Technology Development Plans for future missions, themes and systems;
- Assist in the coordination of technology developments and planning across ESA and with external parties;
- Contribute to the implementation of TDAs, sometimes also in a leading role
- Support future mission assessment and advanced studies in areas related to advanced technologies;
- Participation in technical reviews and working groups.
Specific qualification requirements
- The nature of the work requires a wide spectrum knowledge in engineering physics, with a natural inclination for learning and understanding new technologies.
- Applicants should have a university Engineering or PhD degree in physics or applied physics.
- Candidates should ideally have at least 4 years experience complemented by several years experience in the development of advanced technologies.preferably for space applications.
- Management experience with industrial contract exposure and responsibility is an important asset.
- Knowledge of advanced optics, novel sensors, power generation, thermal protection and cryogenics are very important.
- The candidate is expected to technically follow technology development contracts and to be able to take appropriate managerial and technical decisions for ensuring the contract success.
- The planning of technology developments and reporting on ongoing activities will form an important responsibility.
- Good communication and analytical skills to interface with colleagues within ESA and with external partners and user communities are essential.
- The candidate must be able to work in English.
All applicants must be legally allowed to work in the Netherlands. (ie. already have a European passport).
LocationThe work will be performed on site at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
- The selected candidate will receive good remuneration.
- Will be registered for both social security and tax in the Netherlands.
- The standard working hours are 40 per week. There are 12 public holidays and an additional 29 annual days holiday.
- Training to improve efficiency and provide strength for future career are of course included.
- Aurora can assist with relocation.
To be considered for this Position
Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting their recruitment form to ESA by 27 February 2012. ESA will select the candidates for interview and Aurora will provide for interview travel costs. Should ESA select you then a formal letter of employment shall be issued with an agreed start date.