Communication Systems & Technologies Engineer

Job ID: TEC-PLT-1017

Deadline: 30 May 2024

Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESTEC and ESAC. Aurora is looking for support in the ESA domain of PLT- RF Systems Payload and Technologies in the TEC Directorate.

Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.

Specific Tasks

Provide support to the Agency projects and programs in the area of security engineering & cyber security, including system security design, definition and implementation of system security requirements, vulnerability analysis, security monitoring and threat assessment. The successful candidate shall be capable to:

  • Contribute to the definition, analysis and consolidation of system security requirements.
  • Contribute to the definition of security reference architecture for space systems.
  • Support system reviews through projects’ lifecycle on security aspects.
  • Analyse vulnerabilities, assess their impact and propose suitable security mitigations and countermeasures.
  • Analyse evidence of fixes of vulnerabilities.
  • Assess Requests for Waivers / Requests for Deviation on security aspects and provide recommendations regarding their acceptability.
  • Organise and administer security audits / vulnerability assessment / penetration testing activities on ESA projects and programs and analysing their results (including analysis of evidences of findings and
  • Provide support on Research and Develop activities during their lifecycle (writing the Statement of Work, assessing Industry proposals, supervising the implementation).
  • Provide support to the Information Security Officer (ISO).

Specific qualification requirements

  • A Master or PhD degree or equivalent in Engineering (preferably in cyber security, or computer science, or telecom, or aerospace), with a strong knowledge and experience in Security engineering / cyber security.
  • Knowledge of space systems and ground systems architecture.
  • Good knowledge in network protocols.
  • Very good knowledge in security best practices and hardening guidelines.
  • Knowledge of modern applied cryptography.
  • Knowledge on Information Security Management Systems.
  • Knowledge on CCSDS protocols and standards is a plus.
  • Candidates must be eligible for security clearance from their national security administration.

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 15,4% of pensionable salary to a company pension scheme and employees can optionally make additional contributions.

To be considered for this Position

Prior to 30 May 2024, please apply via our Job Application form quoting TEC-PLT-1017 (RT-C/TEC-ESS/01017) as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 03 June 2024, 13.00 hours.

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