Space Environments and Effects Engineer


Direct Entry Job Permanent Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Uploaded 25 Jun 2020

Job Description

Space Environments and Effects Engineer

This position is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

This position forms part of ESA's Advance Recruitment Scheme which is established to provide appropriate staffing resources when requirements materialise.

Appointments are therefore made for an initial duration of two years upon which you may be appointed to a permanent post at the Agency. 

ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands  


Space Environments & Effects Engineer, Space Environments & Effects Section, Power Systems, EMC & Space Environments Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering & Quality.

The Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) on space environments within which ESA missions will operate, assessing likely effects and defining mitigation methods. Environments addressed include: high-energy radiation from radiation belts, solar-particle events and cosmic rays, plasmas encountered in planetary magnetospheres, the solar wind and artificially-generated charges and fields on spacecraft, micro-meteoroids and non-trackable debris as well as planetary atmospheres.

See the Section web page ( for more details.


Reporting to the Head of Section and within the technical fields described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of space environments and effects throughout all project phases;
  • participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals;
  • identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
  • contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
  • defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering long- and short-term needs;
  • fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures;
  • laboratory activities as required;
  • monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise;
  • contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.

Duties may include supporting other activities within your field of competence.


Person Specification

Technical competencies

  • General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
  • Experience in the development and verification of space hardware
  • Experience with the design, development and application of relevant tools and methods
  • Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
  • Project support experience in a relevant domain
  • Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc)
  • Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews

Behavioural competencies

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Focus
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Results Orientation
  • Continuous Learning


 A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, such as physics, mathematics or engineering, is required.

Additional requirements

  • An in-depth knowledge of computational languages, tools and IT infrastructures applicable to the analysis and modelling of space environments and effects – particularly regarding Geant4 radiation analysis software and its applications GRAS and Geant4-DNA.
  • A proven track record of related space mission/experiment project support activities and involvement in the necessary collaborations.
  • Experience in radiation-shielding and space radiation monitoring hardware development.