EO Technology & Frequency Management Engineer

Earth Observation

Job ID: EOP-106

Deadline: 15 February 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 principle tasks in the area of EO Technology Development will include:

  • Supporting the identification of the technology requirements for future Earth observations missions, covering the whole spectrum (optical and RF instruments, as well as platform and ground segment);
  • Providing support to technology developments for future Earth Observation missions that are conducted in the Technology Coordination& Frequency Management section, in particular for platform and ground segment;
  • Supporting missions under preparation through, e.g. participation to reviews, assessment of industrial results, evaluation of proposals in reply to calls;
  • Maintaining and improving the Earth Observation technology database;
  • Supporting the EO technology observatory function outside the EOP Directorate (e.g. in TIA or SCI), and also outside ESA (e.g. other space agencies in Europe and worldwide, commercial initiatives such as those under New Space, and the potential spin-in from other industrial sectors);
  • Supporting the interaction with ESA’s Member States on EO future technologies e.g. through dedicated information days.

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

  • Supporting the preparation of technical studies and analyses related to frequency spectrum management and interference assessment;
  • Development and use of software tool (based on STK and Matlab), such as RFI simulator, in line with ITU recommendations.

Specific qualification requirements

  • The Candidate shall have a university degree (masters) in Engineering or physics with relevant background and experience in space projects and associated technology developments.
  • The Candidate should ideally have several years of experience in the development of advanced on-board technologies for space applications, ideally in EO domain.
  • Knowledge of remote sensing techniques used in Earth Observation missions.
  • Background in satellite system and subsystem technologies.
  • Knowledge of Matlab and STK.
  • 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 15 February 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 davide.starnone@aurora.nl quoting reference EOP-106.

Please read our Recruitment Process for ESA for more details.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 21 February 2019, 13.00 hours.

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