Sentinel-1 OCP & AIS Engineer

Sentinel-1 — credit: ATG Europe Medialab

Job ID: EOP-57

Deadline: 3 October 2016

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.


Under this work package, the Contractor will work within the Copernicus Sentinel-1 Project team and
will report to the head of Spacecraft & AIT Section of the Copernicus Sentinel-1 Project Division,
Earth Observation Projects Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes for the project specific responsibilities and duties.

The post holder will be responsible for the manufacturing, test and
characterisation of the OCP (Optical Communication Payload) instrument and sub-systems within the
Sentinel-1 Project.

In particular the tasks include:

  • Monitoring the industrial activities related to the Sentinel-1 OCP procurement;
  • Supervising the flow-down of the System requirements onto the OCP subsystem, equipment and component level;
  • Monitoring the manufacturing, integration, tests and delivery of the components, equipment and subsystems that will constitute the OCP, through the different development models, ensuring adequate planning and progress of work;
  • Ensuring that the required MGSE and EGSE are adequately defined, developed and verified according to the required specification and the required programme of work, in particular the OCP to PDHT interfaces;
  • Ensuring that the related OCP requirements are being appropriately fulfilled at all levels of industrial activity for all on-board sub-systems and equipment;
  • Supporting the definition of the OCP Assembly, Integration, and Verification approach.

Furthermore, the post holder will support the procurement of the AIS (Automatic Identification System) instrument,
in cooperation with the Payload Team, taking responsibility of the
AIS Receiver and reporting to the Sentinel-1 Payload Manager,
specifically on:

  • Monitoring the AIS Receiver industrial activities and supervising the flow-down of the AIS instrument definition into requirements onto the AIS receiver and component level;
  • Monitoring the manufacturing, integration, tests and delivery of the AIS Receiver and ensuring that the required MGSE and EGSE are adequately specified to the required programme of work;
  • Ensuring that the AIS Receiver requirements, and related AIS instrument, are being appropriately verified and fulfilled at all levels of industrial activity for all on-board sub-systems and equipment.

Additionally, the post holder will:

  • Review the project documentation produced throughout the project lifetime;
  • Participate in project meetings and reviews.

The Contractor will draw on the support of specialised engineers and
will liaise closely with other members of the project team and in
particular provide technical advice and support to ensure that all
deliverables have been produced and verified in accordance with the
relevant requirements.

Specific qualification requirements

  • The Candidate shall have a university Masters degree in Space Systems or Aerospace Engineering.
  • Experience in monitoring and coordinating industrial procurement activities.
  • Experience in CFI deliveries and acceptance.
  • Experience in the development and testing of space hardware.
  • Practical experience in the field of CFI Integration and Test.
  • Good knowledge of industrial practices.
  • 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 3 October 2016 a summary of why you are a good candidate for the position together with a complete and detailed
Recruitment Form or CV and Motivation Letter to Mr. Davide Starnone, at email quoting reference EOP-57.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them to ESA by 7 October 2016, 13.00 hours.