Payload/Instrument Electronic Engineer


Deadline: 30 November 2022

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 S-AST – Engineering and Scientific Support to SCI-F Payload Technology Validation Activities.
Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.


The specific tasks to be covered by the Service are:

  • Design of analogue and digital electronics in support of various payload instrument validation activities with a particular emphasis on detector read-out electronics.
  • Manufacturing and test of electronic circuits.
  • Supporting electronic system, components and electro-optical sensor characterisations in the sections laboratories.
  • Development of firmware and instrument control and readout software.
  • Supporting the development and maintenance of the technical infrastructure needed to validate payload technologies.
  • Generally supporting office activities; contributing to the elaboration and implementation of the Science Programme technology development plans.
  • Evaluation of proposals in response to calls for missions, participation in reviews, payload expertise in support of system studies.

Specific qualification requirements

  • Academic qualification (MSc.) in electronics engineering complemented by several years of hands-on project or industrial experience in the design, engineering, performance analysis and testing of electronic circuits, preferably in the space domain.
  • Experience in:
    • Low-noise analogue, high-speed digital techniques and mixed-signal circuits is mandatory.
    • Hands-on experience with such electronic designs and relevant CAD and simulation tools is required.
    • Good knowledge of sensor technologies covering wavelengths ranging from IR to gamma-rays, electro-optical characterisation, cryogenics, and / or the design considerations for space-based payloads would be an asset.
    • Design of complex microelectronics systems, and with Industry standard VLSI/ASIC/FPGA CAD tools (e.g. CADENCE, SYNOPSYS, MENTOR, Xilinx Vivado, SPW) etc. as well as hardware description languages (VHDL and/or Verilog HDL, SystemC).
    • Experience is ASIC and/or FPGA technology developments.
  • The service support provider shall be creative and have very good problem-solving skills.
  • Given the Service will be provided in a small team, the service support provider should also be flexible and able to multi-task.
  • Fluent in the English language (spoken and written). Knowledge of another European language is an asset.

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

Prior to 30 November 2022, please apply via our Job Application form quoting S-AST-01-04 as reference.
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