IT Engineer - ISS Ground Segment

Reference: J18071
Location: Cologne
Deadline for applications: 30.11.2018 23:59 CET
Category: Operations & Engineering Services

Eager to work in the space domain, facinated by human space exploration and coding - networks - firewalls - robotics - virtual reality are topics that get you excited? Then have a look at this vacancy!

Support our team at the Microgravity User Support Center at DLR Köln and be responsible for the development, testing and administration of ground segment aspects and projects within the International Space Station programme at MUSC. This is an ideal position for a junior to middle experienced (IT) engineer to gain practical experience within the space sector and experience as Ground Controller within the ISS project. We are looking for a motivated talented engineer who can think out of the box and work independently.


  • Development, testing, configuration control and administration of various virtual data processing systems within the ISS ground segment, incl. data protection and mission control systems as well as network and firewall interfaces.
  • Development, testing, configuration and administration of a distributed network capable of supporting the communication of telemetry, telecommand, voice, video and other forms of media within the ISS ground segment
  • On‐console mission support as certified ground controller/data & command engineer (campaign mode)
  • Compilation of test plans, procedures and reports for operational interfaces Development and implementation of a central data protection system for mission data 
  • Conceptual design, implementation and testing of virtual client/server systems for mission networks in line with existing IT security regulations and in collaboration with external partners
  • Troubleshooting/failure analysis and failure recovery within client/server environments and virtual networks Support service for intranet PCs and workstations according to a suitable Change Management (ITIL)
  • Provision of project documentation incl. configuration control and documentation management IT support of development project involving robotics and virtual reality systems


  • A relevant university degree in Information Technology (or equivalent)
  • Working experience in the administration of Debian, Suse‐Linux and Windows‐Server systems incl. S/W development tools and S/W development
  • A working understanding of major network protocols to include at least TCP, UDP, DNS, DHCP, NTP, FTP HTTP and SSH

Essential Skills

  • Competency in setting‐up and operations of networks
  • Good and detailed knowledge in the areas of networks/virtual networks (LAN, WLAN) , of network protocols (OSI, NTP, DHCP, LDAP), network components and of firewall systems (Sophos, nftables)
  • Technical knowledge in the area of virtualization (Hypervisor: VMware vSphere and KVM) and in backup protection for virtual systems incl. failover protection (Failover, Groovy)
  • Knowledge of physical and logical interfaces of mission control center equipment Experience with data‐, document‐ and generic management‐systems
  • Sound knowledge in IT security for networks
  • Very good command of the English language 

Desirable Skills

Ground Controller certification or prior experience in the ISS domain would be an asset.


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