Payload Engineer for Comet-Interceptor


Deadline: 15 December 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 S-AST – Engineering and Scientific.

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


Within SCI-F, the Comet Interceptor project (SCI-FC) is responsible for the implementation of an F-class mission, dedicated to performing innovative observations of a Long Period Comet, which has never entered the Solar System before. The Comet-Interceptor project has been adopted in June 2022, passed the instruments and satellite level PDR in June 2022 and is now starting Phase C/D. The Payload Section (SCI-FCP) supports the development of scientific instruments and contributes to the definition and management of their interfaces to the spacecraft.

  • Contributing to the consolidation of instrument specifications.
  • Maintaining models, tools and documentation, for definition of technical payload budgets and evaluation of instrument performance.
  • Contributing to the definition, consolidation, and management of the technical interfaces between payload and platform.
  • Producing and maintaining payload-related technical documentation (e.g. ICDs, technical reports)Monitoring and supporting the complete instrument development process.
  • Contributing to instrument subsystem and system level reviews (I-CDR, I-QAR) as well as to the payload-related part of satellite level reviews.
  • Monitoring and supporting the integration, testing and calibration of the instruments and their integration on the spacecraft.
  • Supporting instrument tests at satellite level.
  • Reporting to the Payload Manager on all technical and programmatic aspects of the payload.
  • Producing and maintaining payload-related technical documentation (e.g. ICDs, technical reports).
  • Monitoring and supporting the complete instrument development process.

Specific qualification requirements

  • Fluent in the English language (spoken and written). Knowledge of another European language is an asset
  • MSc in Physics or Engineering.
  • Experience in Infrared instruments, Magnetometer / Spectrometer.
  • Support payload manager regarding the interface between platform (meaning Satellite) and payload.
  • Scientific measurement understanding.
  • Capable to set up a good working interface with universities (who are developing some instruments).
  • Payload experience.

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 15 December 2022, please apply via our Job Application form quoting S-AST-PE4CI4 as reference.
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