Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLS) Engineer

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Job ID: TEC-AOL-679

Deadline: 29 March 2021

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 AOL – Automation Optics and Life Sciences Support.
Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.

Overview of tasks

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

The incumbent will:

  • 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.

Specific qualification requirements

  • Phd or Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology applied Microbiology or Physics, with at least 4 years of relevant working experience.
  • Experience in specification, engineering and analysis of chemical and biochemical processes, knowledge of plant/food production.
  • Experience in multi-phases processes characterisation and engineeering is asset;
  • Project skills, Management of R&D contracts, academic and industrial experience;
  • Knowledge of space systems engineering is an asset;
  • Good interpersonal communication skills, team oriented.
  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken) is mandatory, knowledge of another European language is an advantage.

Legal and Security Requirements

  • All applicants must be legally allowed to work in The Netherlands
  • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their passport and degree certificate. Aurora will validate the Degree with the issuing University and provide evidence to ESA.
  • Prior to issuing a letter of employment the applicant shall provide to Aurora a recent official document declaring that they are of good conduct from the country where currently resident.


The work will be performed at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


  • The selected candidate will receive good remuneration  in line with ESA Job Class.
  • 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 30 annual days holiday.
  • Training to improve efficiency and provide strength for future career are of course included.
  • Aurora assist with relocation both with support and financially.
  • Aurora contributes to a company pension scheme.

To be considered for this Position

Provide prior to 29 March 2021, please apply via our Job Application form quoting TEC-AOL-679 (RT-C/TEC-MMG/00679) as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 1 April 2021, 13.00 hours.

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