End-to-End Simulations Engineer supporting EOP for Future Missions and Systems Studies

Job ID: EOP-176

Deadline: 12 September 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- Engineering Support to Earth Observation.

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

Overview

The position is to provide End-to-End (E2E) simulations support to the Future Missions and Instruments Division (EOP-FM) for Mission and System Studies. The Contractor will report to the H/ Mission and System Studies Section.

  • Support the definition and development of the End-to-End (E2E) Mission Performance Simulators for future EO missions
  • Contributing to ensure the technical coherency and completeness of the simulation of the observation system, including, as needed, functional analysis, system level budgeting, system performance analyses, modelling of spacecraft and/or payload subsystems and related data processing to meet system and mission requirements
  • Install and use those E2E simulators on the EOP-FM IT infrastructure for mission performance evaluation and system trade-offs for future EO missions
  • Ensure consistent evolution and maintenance of the E2E simulators and proper configuration and storage of the relevant input/output datasets
  • Initiate and support work in the area of modelling of system/sub-system aspects (spacecraft, payload, ground processing) for E2E simulators and System Engineering Tools
  • Support the development of generic building blocks and modules, and aim at maximum synergy and reuse of those building blocks and modules from one E2E simulator to the next making use of ESA OpenSF infrastructure (http://eop-cfi.esa.int/index.php/opensf ).
  • Participate to the development of System Engineering Tools for preliminary analysis and sizing of future EO missions
  • Use the above System Engineering Tools for system trade-offs, preliminary sizing and evaluation of future EO missions

The tasks are twofold:

Task 1 – E2E Simulations for Future EO missions, related to the definition, development and exploitation of E2E simulators, aiming at a coherent and representative modelling of each element of the system (satellite, payload, ground processing), contributing to the E2E mission performance, maximizing the synergies and reuse of building blocks from one simulator to the next:

  • Support definition and development of the E2E Mission Performance Simulators, including elaboration of SOW and technical specifications, participation to progress meetings and reviews
  • Contributing to ensure the technical coherency and completeness of the simulation of the observation system, including, as needed, functional analysis, system level budgeting, system performance analyses, modelling of spacecraft and/or payload subsystems and related data processing
  • Install and use the E2E simulators on the EOP-FM IT infrastructure for mission performance evaluation and system trade-offs for future EO missions
  • Provide feedback from E2E mission performance simulations and optimisations to the spacecraft and mission design
  • Ensure consistent evolution and maintenance of the E2E simulators, onfiguration and storage of the relevant input/output datasets
  • Initiate and support work in the area of modelling of system or sub-system aspects (spacecraft, payload, ground processing) for E2E simulators and System Engineering Tools
  • Support the development of generic building blocks and modules, and aim at maximum synergy and reuse of those building blocks and modules from one E2E simulator to the next making use of ESA OpenSF infrastructure

Task 2 – Support related to the definition, development and exploitation of system engineering tools for Future EO missions:

  • Participate to the development of new System Engineering Tools for preliminary analysis and sizing of future EO missions, ensuring a coherent and representative modelling of each element of the system (satellite/platform and its subsystems, payload, ground processing) contributing to the system performance
  • Participate to the evolution and maintenance of the existing System Engineering Tools used
  • Use the above System Engineering Tools for system trade-offs, preliminary sizing and performance evaluation of future EO missions
  • Provide feedback from mission optimisation to the spacecraft and mission design

Specific Qualification requirements

  • Master level  in a relevant technical or scientific discipline (e.g. Space system engineering)
  • General knowledge of ESA Earth Observation missions
  • Experience with end-to-end mission performance simulation for EO missions is required
  • Solid background on IT and computer programming
  • Good knowledge of MATLAB/ Python is required; knowledge of other programming languages is an asset
  • STK, MS Excel and CAD software knowledge is an asset
  • Experience on modelling and simulation of observing system characteristics (spacecraft, payload, ground processing, orbit…) and how they impact mission data quality and relate to system requirements and scientific goals is desirable
  • Knowledge of error propagation techniques is an asset
  • Good communication and technical writing skills
  • Good organization skills
  • Capability to coordinate a large amount of inputs, synthesise, summarise and draw conclusions
  • A proactive approach, with initiative and capability to work independently
  • Problem-solving creative-oriented attitude
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English  

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.

Location

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

Contract

  • 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 12 September 2022, please apply via our Job Application form quoting EOP-176 (RT-C/EOP-B/00176) as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 15 September 2022, 13.00 hours.

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