Spacecraft Operations Engineer - CryoSat-2 and Swarm (m/w/d)

Referenz: J19077
Ort / Standort: ESOC \ Darmstadt \ Germany
Anmeldeschluss für Bewerbungen: 08.08.2019 23:59 CET
Kategorie: Operations & Engineering Services

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is the first choice European aerospace company for ICT and engineering solutions and services. We combine 40 years of experience in high-technology markets, where trust and quality are essential. With more than 350 employees in Germany, we shape the future of aerospace together – and beyond. Our staff play a key role in determining our success through their qualifications, motivation, enthusiasm, different cultural backgrounds and their sense of teamwork.

We are passionate about delivering exciting Space Programs for and with our customers. Through our large frame contracts with ESOC, EUMETSAT and DLR, we offer a future-oriented and trusting work environment, multi-cultural teams, as well as challenging jobs on space missions for graduates up until experienced professionals.

We are looking for a Spacecraft Operations Engineer (SOE) who will have the primary responsibility of the CryoSat-2 and Swarm Data-Handling subsystem. The Engineer may also be requested to assume the responsibility and perform activities for additional subsystems or systems within the scope of general SOE services, including test, validation and operation of the Mission Control System, Mission Planning System, Simulator and other ground mission data systems.

This position is based at ESOC in Darmstadt. It is full-time and permanent and expected starting date will be October 2019.

We are looking forward to meeting you!


The general activities of the SOE for CryoSat-2 and Swarm are:  

  • Preparation and execution of nominal and contingency flight operations procedures.
  • Coordination of operations with ESA internal and external partners.
  • Execution of Mission Planning.
  • Production of procedures, validation test plans and reports for project specific software and systems (both Ground and Space related).
  • Participation in systems test campaigns, training and simulation programmes.
  • General flight control support service including on-call.
  • Spacecraft performance monitoring and reporting on regular basis.
  • Anomaly investigation and resolution.


  • University degree or equivalent education in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering

Essential Skills

  • Strong technical background in Data Handling area.
  • Proven knowledge of hardware embarked on ESA spacecraft.
  • Good understanding of real-time operating software.
  • Broad knowledge and experience with modern software.
  • On-board software management principles.
  • Good understanding of the PUS standard, the space-to-ground interface and on-board routing.
  • Capable of developing basic software tools to support complex analysis and anomaly investigation.
  • Ability to work in an organised manner, with good reporting skills and reliable deadline meeting.
  • Fluency in English.

Desirable Skills

  • Former experience as Data Handling SOE.
  • Hands on familiarity with operational tools: MCS, Simulator, DB browser, MOIS or equivalent tool.
  • Hands-on familiarity in SVT and flight procedures development.
  • Familiarity with low Earth orbit satellites, including basic mission analysis and data handling observation scheduling aspects.
  • Familiarity with other platform subsystems will be a plus.
  • The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities, multiple subsystems and multiple missions simultaneously.
  • European travel.

Your Benefits of joining us

By joining the Telespazio family, you will enjoy all the benefits of a competitive salary in a sustainable work environment, flexible working time models, diverse advancement and training possibilities for technical, language and soft skills, a generous holiday package as well as a company pension scheme. Furthermore, we support you with your relocation. Through our wide network, we can also support your partner in finding a job at your new work location.


Are you equally inspired by our visions and dreams? Get in touch with us today and send us your application!

Your HR Contact for this position is Melanie Giesche


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