Astrodynamics Junior Engineer


Direct Entry Job Permanent Madrid, Spain

Uploaded 17 Dec 2019

Job Description

DEIMOS is selecting an engineer to be integrated in the Mission Analysis and Navigation Competence Centre of the Flight Systems Business Unit.

The work of the MAN Competence Centre is oriented to supporting the design of space missions for both ESA and commercial customers, design software tools for mission analysis studies and do research in celestial mechanics and astrodynamics.

As a matter of reference, current DEIMOS activities comprise:

  • Interplanetary missions design (Moon, planets, minor bodies, astronomy)
  • Space transportation systems and re-entry vehicles
  • Planetary Defence
  • Planetary Protection
  • Planetary entry, descent and landing

Main Duties:

The following types of responsibilities are envisioned:

  • Interplanetary trajectories optimisation
  • Support to mission design for interplanetary missions
  • Modelling and simulation of space systems, including space environment and space vehicle dynamics
  • Performance of navigation assessments for interplanetary missions
  • Development of software tools in support to mission analysis actions
  • Development of software for navigation purposes
  • Play an active role in fostering the consolidation of the engineering processes and promoting technology research, innovation and development actions

Person Specification


Required: postgraduate studies (e.g. M.Sc.) in aerospace engineering


0-3 years in the domains relevant to the post (PhD studies would also be considered)

Technical Requirements:

The following skills are required for the post:

  • Classical mechanics theoretical background
  • High knowledge of celestial mechanics and astrodynamics
  • Knowledge of optimisation theory and techniques
  • Software engineering methods and techniques

Other skill desired for the post are:

  • Knowledge of estimation theory and techniques
  • Programming languages: Python, C++, Fortran, Java, Matlab
  • Object oriented programming
  • Use of mission analysis COTS: GMAT, STK, etc.

Language Skills:

Good level of English, spoken as well as written

Personal Skills:

  • High motivation, initiative and autonomy to solve complex problems
  • Responsibility towards the customer and team mates
  • Willing to work in groups