Radio Navigation Engineer

Job ID: TEC-PLT-1014

Deadline: 08 April 2024

Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESTEC and ESAC. Aurora is looking for support in the ESA domain of PLT- RF Systems Payload and Technologies in the TEC Directorate.

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

Specific Tasks

In complement to the generic WP description, the tasks and duties of this post will include:

  • Support to Navigation Projects (e.g., GALILEO, LEO-PNT, Moonlight, Marconi, EGNOS, GENESIS, FutureNAV) and R&D activities in the fields of system, signal, receivers and performance for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT). This includes design, implementation and testing of systems, signals and receiver techniques, derivation of system and user performances, and techniques/algorithms at signal and positioning level.
  • Contribute to the Agency’s R&D strategy and research programs elaboration and implementation, among others, in the following areas: future PNT systems and concepts, LEO-PNT and Multi-layer PNT, 5G/6G and 5G/6G NTN positioning, Moon/Mars PNT, Deep Space Navigation, Geolocation and RF Monitoring, Space Receivers, GNSS-R and GNSS-RO, Precise Orbit Determination, and receiver and signal processing techniques for improved accuracy, availability, reliability and resilience.
  • Participation and active contributions to ESA activities supporting standardization bodies and technical working groups addressing the aforementioned topics.
  • Design, definition and follow up of industrial contracts related to the aforementioned topics, including for example, R&D activities, procurement of GNSS bread-boards and receivers for infrastructure or user technologies / test user segments.
  • Support design, implementation, maintenance and operation of Radio Navigation equipment, complex Radio Navigation simulation tools and test facilities for testing features (end-to-end performances, receivers, etc.) in the aforementioned activities.

Specific qualification requirements

Background and solid experience, including hands-on experience on design, implementation and/or lab/field testing, in several of the following fields:

  • Alternative PNT solutions and Multi-Layer PNT systems and user technologies.
  • LEO-PNT systems, signals and user technologies.
  • 5G/6G and 5G/6G NTN systems and signals.
  • GNSS Reflectometry.
  • GNSS Radio Occultation.
  • Moon/Mars PNT, Deep Space Navigation.
  • Navigation with Signals of Opportunity.
  • Space Receivers.
  • Precise Orbit Determination.
  • Geolocation and RF Monitoring systems and techniques.

Experience in one or more of the following fields is considered an asset:

  • 5G/6G NTN Positioning.
  • GNSS/Galileo systems, signals and associated receiver technologies.
  • Advanced signal processing and estimation techniques.
  • Telecommunication and Navigation Payloads.
  • Satellite telecommunication systems, signals and associated receiver technologies.
  • Earth observation systems and techniques.
  • Signal-in-space design.

Eligibility to obtain an EU personal security clearance from the relevant national authority.

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 15,4% of pensionable salary to a company pension scheme and employees can optionally make additional contributions.

To be considered for this Position

Prior to 08 April 2024, please apply via our Job Application form quoting TEC-PLT-1014 (RT-C/TEC-ESN/01014) as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 11 April 2024 13.00 hours.

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