System Engineer for Exploration Scenario

Job ID: HRE-46

Deadline:19 July 2018

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 HRE – Human Space Flight & Exploration.
Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.


The post holder will support the lead system engineering function in the Robotics & Future Projects Team (HRE-XSR) for the Phase A/B1 Study of the ESPRIT element of the exploration LOP-G (Lunar Outpost Platform/ Gateway), and its continuation.

ESPRIT is the European System Providing Refuelling, Infrastructure and Telecommunication and includes a science airlock. In his support role to the system engineering function specific duties include:

  • Definition of the ESPRIT functional and design requirements.
  • Technical definition of the ESPRIT design baseline until successful System Requirements Review (SRR) and identification of activities needed to proceed toward Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with focus on specific subsystems.
  • Identification and follow-up of pre-development tasks for ESPRIT as agreed with the Study Contractors.
  • Architecture definition of the LOP-G/Gateway in coordination with NASA, CSA, JAXA, RSA and possible future commercial enterprises/US industries.
  • Development of interfaces with external parties, mainly other Space Agencies (NASA, JAXA, CSA), who may be providing equipment for the ESPRIT.
  • Preparation of the ESPRIT ITT for Phase B2/C/D/E1.
  • Supporting the HRE-XSR and XS teams for other tasks, as required.

Specific qualification requirements

  • Applicants for this post should have a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in physics or engineering.
  • A knowledge of system engineering aspects is also essential.
  • Experience with operations, hardware and /or software development will be an asset.
  • The post requires candidates to be system-minded and to have a result-oriented approach.
  • Ability to work in a highly complex project environment.
  • Possess good communications skills and the capability of coordinating activities with groups spread across different sites.
  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken) is mandatory; knowledge of another European language is an advantage.

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 (specified as E3a).
  • 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 19 July 2018 a summary of why you are a good candidate for the position together with a complete and detailed Candidate Proposal Form or CV and Motivation Letter to Mr. Davide Starnone, at email quoting reference HRE-46 (RT-C/HRE-XSR/00046).

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 3 August 2018, 13.00 hours.

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