Frequency Management Engineer

Earth Observation

Job ID: EOP-110

Deadline: 24 May 2019

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


Within the Future Missions and Instruments Division (EOP-ΦM), the Technology Coordination and Frequency Management Section (EOP-ΦMT) is responsible for two following main tasks:

  • First, the identification of technology requirements for future Earth Observation (EO) missions. A solid collaboration with the other sections of the division and with other divisions in the EOP directorate and ESA’s technical directorate is essential for this work. The nature of the work requires a wide knowledge in engineering disciplines with a natural inclination for learning and understanding new technologies.
  • Second, the analysis and monitoring of the evolution of frequency needs for EO missions, including early concepts and potential interference conflicts with other communication services sharing the spectrum. The nature of the work requires a solid collaboration with other sections/divisions in the EOP directorate, with the ESA Frequency Management Office and with representatives from industry and from other space agencies.

The majority of this role is in the area of Frequency Management, with very punctual support on technology if the opportunity arises.

The principle tasks in the area of EO Technology Development will include:

  • Supporting the identification of the technology requirements for future Earth Observations missions.
  • Supporting missions under preparation through, e.g. participation to reviews, assessment of industrial results, evaluation of proposals in reply to calls.

The principle tasks in the area of Frequency Management will include:

  • Analysing requirements and constraints of EO missions under preparation with respect to frequency allocation and interference.
  • Providing specific support to preparatory activities and to projects to an extent to be determined case-by-case.
  • Monitoring the evolving frequency needs of future EO missions.
  • Including early concepts, and potential conflicts with competing areas.
  • Participating in the work of technical committees relevant for EO in the framework of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the European Conference of Postal & Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFGG).
  • Conducting studies to support the ESA position in the above mentioned committees.
  • Performing technical studies and analyses related to frequency spectrum management and interference assessment.
  • Developing and using RFI simulation software tools (typically based on STK, Excel with VBA and Matlab), to conduct sharing bands and compatibility analysis between services, in line with ITU recommendations.
  • Reporting on frequency management matters and contributing to reports to Delegate Bodies coordinating with the ESA Frequency Management Office.

Specific qualification requirements

  • The Candidate shall have a University degree (Phd or Msc.) in Electrical/Electronics/Telecommunications Engineering.
  • Relevant background and experience in satellite systems, space projects and associated sub-system technology developments.
  • Knowledge of remote sensing techniques used in Earth Observation missions.
  • Experience with simulation tools, including Matlab, Excel with VBA and STK.
  • Experience in microwave remote sensing techniques used in Earth Observation missions.
  • Knowledge of Radio Regulations.
  • This position requires regular travelling to participate to frequency management international fora, technical committees and working groups (e.g. ITU WRC, CEPT, SFCG).
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule.
  • 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.
  • 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

Provide prior to 24 May 2019 a summary of why you are a good candidate for the position together with a complete and detailed Candidate Proposal Form or CV and Motivation Letter to Mr. Davide Starnone, at email quoting reference EOP-110.

Please read our Recruitment Process for ESA for more details.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 28 May 2019, 13.00 hours.

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