SAR Performance Engineer

Job ID: EOP-154

Deadline: 17 September 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.


Supporting the Copernicus Sentinel-1 Project team and reporting to the Sentinel-1 Payload Manager. You will be in charge of monitoring the status of the SAR performance of the different Sentinel-1 spacecraft, in terms of prediction, assessment, analysis and computation.

Activities and responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the industrial activities concerning the prediction, assessment, analysis and computation of the end-to-end SAR performance.
  • Supporting the flow-down of the end-to-end SAR performance requirements onto the Payload instrument and subsystems specification, and, in close cooperation with the Spacecraft team, the Spacecraft related subsystems specification.
  • Monitoring in close cooperation with the Payload team, the overall Payload instrument characterisation definition, and supporting the monitoring of the subsystem and component characterisation as required.
  • Monitoring the operation of the instrument simulator, ensuring that the performance is appropriate to fulfil the SAR instrument verification as required, and support any additional definition, development and verification.
  • Supporting the Payload team, in his/her area of expertise, on the definition of the Payload Assembly, Integration, Characterisation,
    Calibration and Verification approach.
  • Reviewing the project documentation as produced throughout the project lifetime in the area of instrument performance.

Specific qualification requirements

  • University (Master) degree in Radar or Electromagnetics Engineering
  • Ideally have at least 4 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Knowledge of SAR theory and performance parameter definitions.
  • Familiarity with SAR performance analysis tools and data processing techniques is desirable.
  • Practical experience in the field of Synthetic Aperture Radar Techniques and Performance computation.
  • Experience relevant to the task description.
  • 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 17 September 2021, please apply via our Job Application form quoting EOP-154 as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 21 September 2021, 13.00 hours.

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