AIS Performance Engineer

Job ID: EOP-168

Deadline: 10 May 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 EOP – Earth Observation Directorate.
Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.


The AIS Processing, Calibration and In-Orbit Commissioning Engineer will work within the Copernicus Sentinel-1 Project team and will report to the Sentinel-1 Payload Manager. He will be in charge of monitoring the status of the Automatic Identification of Ships (AIS) performance on the different Sentinel-1 spacecraft, in terms of prediction, assessment, analysis and computation.

The responsibilities include in particular:

  • Supervising, in close cooperation with the Payload team, the overall AIS instrument characterization and AIS Processing Algorithm definition and development, whilst supporting the monitoring of the subsystem and component characterization as required.
  • Monitoring the operation of the AIS, during the Launch and Early Orbit and Commissioning Phases for Sentinel-1 C to ensure that the performance is appropriate to fulfil the AIS instrument validation.
  • Supporting the Payload team, in his/her area of expertise, on the definition of the AIS Payload Assembly, Integration, Characterizations, Calibration and Verification approach.
  • Reviewing the project documentation as produced throughout the project lifetime in the area of instrument performance.

Specific qualification requirements

  • A Master degree or equivalent in Electromagnetics Engineering
  • Proficient in the English Language (Spoken and Written).
  •  Knowledge of AIS performance parameter definition.
  • Performance analysis tools and data processing techniques.
  • Practical experience in the field of AIS Techniques and Performance computation.
  • Knowledge of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Theory is highly desirable.
  • Experience relevant to the task description.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule.

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.


  • We initially offer a temporary contract until 31-12-23 with the possibility to move to a permanent contract in the future.
  • 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  apply for this Position

Prior to 10 May 2022, please apply via our Job Application form quoting EOP-168  (RT-C/EOP-B-00168) as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 12 May 2022, 13.00 hours.

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