Microwave Instrument System Engineer

Remote Sensing

Job ID: EOP-135

Deadline: 5 March 2021

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


The duties of the Contractor are performed in liaison with a team of microwave instrument system engineers in the Future Missions and Instruments Division (EOP-8M) for the preparation of future ESA Earth Observation missions, in particular for new Earth Explorer/Earth Watch missions, Copernicus Sentinels, operational meteorology missions, Missions of Opportunity, F-sats and Scout missions. They include :

  • Development/acquisition, validation and maintenance of performance assessment tools for various spaceborne microwave instruments encompassing both active (radars) and passive (radiometers) instruments;
  • Translation of mission/observation requirements to instrument requirements; improvement and maintenance of data processing tools;
  • Performance Assessment of active and passive microwave instruments during the study phases (0, A) and during project implementation phases (B, C/D);
  • Participation in the preparation and monitoring of instrument system and technology predevelopment studies together with industry.

Specific qualification requirements

  • The Candidate shall have a University (Master’s) degree in electrical engineering or physics with background microwave engineering or electromagnetics theory.
  • The Candidate should ideally have at least 4 years of relevant professional experience.
  • A good end-to-end instrument system understanding of microwave radar and/or radiometers.
  • First experience in instrument system and performance modelling as well as digital signal processing techniques.
  • General understanding of the modelling of wave interactions with the atmosphere and surface scattering.
  • Practical experience relevant to the tasks described above is an asset.
  • Good familiarity with programming languages and computer programs such as Python, MatLAB, ADS, Excel, etc.
  • 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

Prior to 1 March 2021, please apply via our Job Application form quoting EOP-135 as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 5 March 2021, 13.00 hours.

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