Metop Spacecraft Operations Engineer

We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

Metop Spacecraft Operations Engineer

You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.

Your Tasks Include:

The Key person shall work in the Operations and User Services Department as a member of the Metop Spacecraft Operations Team. The key person shall be assigned and trained to provide operations expertise and support to one or more platform subsystems and / or payload instruments, depending on his or her experience and the overall team needs. The key person shall also participate in coordinating the satellite operations activities of other team members and external teams responsible for on-board software management, simulator support, mission control, mission planning, flight dynamics and ground stations. Furthermore, the key person shall support system and operations preparation activities for Metop-C, for Metop Second Generation satellites and possibly also for Sentinel-3 and Jason- CS.

The key person shall be required to support operations during normal working hours, as well as support the on-call operations engineer rota, such that safe and efficient operations are ensured by the Spacecraft Operations Team on a 24/7 basis.

The tasks of the Key person will typically include:

Support to the routine operations of Metop A, B and preparing for Metop-C, comprising:

  • Provision of operational expertise to one or more platform subsystems and/or payload instruments;
  • Maintain the corresponding operations documentation and flight procedures, including the update and operational validation of procedures releases in a configuration controlled environment;
  • Perform trending and performance analysis on the corresponding subsystems and instruments, including definition and possibly prototyping of additional analysis checks where necessary;
  • Investigations into satellite anomalies. This may require a close co-operation with the Operations Support Entity (in ESTEC and Industry);
  • Participation in the satellite on-call support rota;
  • Identification and support to implementation of system and process improvements concerning the Metop Spacecraft Operations Team responsibilities and interfaces.

Support to the system and operations preparation of Metop Second Generation satellites

  • Provide inputs and / or review the definition of system and satellite operational concepts;
  • Review space to ground interface specifications and flight operations manuals
  • Support the definition of tools and processes required to prepare for and operate the satellites.

Support to the system and operations preparation of other LEO satellites

  • Provide operations preparation support as required to the Sentinel-3 and Jason- CS developments.


Your Profile:

In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the Key person shall have a demonstrated experience in one or more of the following:

  • Spacecraft monitor and control operations;
  • Spacecraft operations preparation engineering
  • Low Earth Orbit spacecraft design or Assembly Integration and Test activities at system or subsystem level.

Furthermore, it would be a distinct advantage for the Key person to have experience with some of the following:

  • In-orbit operations of Low Earth Orbit Earth Observation satellites
  • Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground segment facilities, in particular procedure development, monitor and control, mission planning, on-board software management, performance analysis, configuration management and simulator facilities.
  • Specification of system and operational concepts, facility requirements
  • Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures.
  • Data analysis software packages such as MATLAB.
  • File parsing languages such as PERL, AWK.
  • Use of VBA for development of ad-hoc tools in MS Office applications.

The candidate should be self-motivated and able to work in an organised and efficient manner with minimum supervision. Strong data analysis, processing and synthesis skills are essential and an ability to recognise opportunities for improvements in areas of work and implement appropriate solutions is highly desirable.

The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person must be able to work effectively in this language and have a knowledge of the other. Good communication skills would be also an advantage.


REFERENCE: 207479-2

LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany

CONTACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLOSING DATE: 19th February 2018

MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.