EGSE Software Engineer

Electrical Ground Support Equipment room - ©ESA

Job ID: TEC-SWC-659

Deadline 23 November 2020

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 Software & Control Systems Engineering (SWC).
Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.


The contractor will support ESA project teams in activities related to ground software systems for the science ground segment, specifically data processing.

  • Supporting the procurement, development and utilisation of EGSE for space systems, subsystems and instruments, including preparation of requirement specifications, monitoring of industrial activities, acceptance of industrial products and participation in project reviews.
  • Supporting R&D studies and Standardization activities in the EGSE domain.
  • Supporting the maintenance and future developments of the EGSE Reference Facility to support prototyping of new technology, standards validation and evaluation of industrial methods and tools.

The contractor will be assigned to the Ground Software Systems and Functional Verification Section of the Software Systems Division and provide on demand expertise in activities related to EGSE systems:

  • Project support for Ground Software Systems, such as the EarthCare Operational Scientific Ground Segment development, Level 0, 1 and 2 data processing, visualisation. This includes generic software engineering, software development support, collaborative software development environment support, software acceptance (compilation, installation, running tests).
  • Project (such as PLATO) support on the procurement, development and utilisation of EGSE systems, including problem solving, interfaces with external systems and project reviews.
  • Support on R&D studies, specifically related to the (currently under development) European Ground System Common Core (EGS-CC), which will be the basis of the future Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) and Mission Control Systems (MCS) infrastructures in Europe.
  • Maintenance and future developments of the EGSE Reference Facility as part of the Software Systems Laboratory. This includes software builds and integration of industrial elements to the EGSE reference facility as well as the functional verification in end-to-end scenarios, maintenance of an EGSE software library/configuration management/lab website, evaluation of needs and generation of requirements for enhancements.
  • Support Standardization activities in the EGSE domain (e.g. E70-30 Monitoring and Control Data Definition, E70-32 Test and Operations Language, E70-41 PUS, E10-23 Space System Data Repository).

Specific qualification requirements

  • A university degree (Msc) or equivalent qualification in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Space Systems Engineering, Mathematics or a related discipline.
  • Extensive practical experience of implementing and building complex software systems.
  • Experience in developing and utilizing EGSEs.
  • Experience in in modelling monitoring and control data in compliance with the ESA monitoring and control systems (legacy systems such as SCOS or future systems such as EGS-CC).
  • Knowledge of modern software engineering practices and standards applied to real-time systems.
  • Knowledge of Space Systems and Space System Engineering is necessary.
  • Basic knowledge of satellite AIT is cosidered an asset.
  • In particular experience with one or more topics such as:
    • Knowledge of L0, L1, L2 data processing chains.
    • SW development (Java, Eclipse);
    • Service oriented and component based architectures (OSGi, Karaf);
    • Unix/Linux system administration and scripting (Shell);
    • Configuration management and build of large SW projects (Git, Maven, Jenkins, Nexus, Gradle);
    • Object Oriented design methods and corresponding tools (e.g. MagicDraw);
    • Databases: Oracle, Postgres, Hadoop;
    • Understanding of Space Operations. SCOS 2000 and the SCOS 2000 MIB ICD;
    • Experience with the relevant ECSS standards particularly PUS and its tailoring.
  • Ability to work independently and to establish good working relations with ESA and industrial counterparts is essential.
  • Be able to read and prepare technical documentation.
  • Good verbal and written communications.
  • Rigor, commitment and reliability in the execution of the assigned tasks.
  • Proactive attitude to solving problems, identify priority actions and to handle high workload.
  • Proficient in the English Language (Spoken and Written).

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 23 November 2020, please apply via our Job Application form quoting TEC-SWC-659 (RT-C/TEC-SWG/00659) as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 26 November 2020, 13.00 hours.

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