Astrodynamics Engineer

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

Direct Entry Job Permanent Darmstadt, Germany

Uploaded 2 Sep 2020

Job Description

You are passionate about Astro Dynamics and looking for a meaningful opportunity to enfold your talents? Then you are on the right track!

We are supporting the European Space Agency with highly qualified services at the European Operations Control Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt. For future service positions within the Flight Dynamics Division, the Navigation Support Office and the Space Debris Office we are searching for specialists to complement our international service team. Please check our web site for currently open service positions in these areas. In case there is none, your successful application with be added to our talent pool!

Detailed information on the missions and the activities of ESOC can be found on;

Person Specification

Common Qualifications/Experience

  • Master degree (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering field, astronomy, mathematics or physics.
  • Proficiency in classical and orbit mechanics including orbit determination aspects and familiarity with related coordinate systems & reference frames.
  • Ability to design, implement, validate and operate software which applies the above solutions on Linux platforms.
  • Knowledge about software life cycle & documentation.
  • Proficiency in English, both in speech and writing.
  • A high sense of operational responsibility and good communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently.

Flight Dynamics Skills

  • An outstanding expertise in linear algebra, in particular for problem solving related to geometry in the Euclidean 3–dimensional space.
  • Skills in numerical methods for equations solving, integration of differential equations, function approximation and interpolation, optimisation, and linear algebra problems.
  • Proficiency in kinematics and dynamics of point masses, dynamics of rigid bodies, dynamics expressed in non-inertial reference frames, e.g. including dynamics in rotating frames, rotation dynamics expressed in body fixed frame, conservation laws in mechanics, gravitational forces and field, orbit dynamics, Keplerian orbits and Kepler laws.
  • Skills to apply above knowledge to develop solutions to technical problems in cooperation with customers and other specialists.
  • Experience in software development in C++ and Scientific Python. Knowledge of scripting languages and Fortran.
  • Aspiration to take operational responsibility in multi-discipline teams.
  • Coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields.

Navigation Skills

  • In-depth familiarity with GNSS applications, data types, data processing and algorithms.
  • In-depth familiarity in GNSS-related coordinate systems.
  • Real time processing of Galileo products.
  • Experience in EGNOS V2/V3 with to implement new and novel configurations.
  • Experience in software development using Scientific Python. Knowledge of scripting languages and Fortran.

Space Debris Skills

  • Profound expertise of space debris matters (observation, modelling, mitigation, risk assessment).
  • Detailed understanding of space surveillance techniques and principles.
  • Good knowledge of re-entry aerothermodynamics principles and tools.
  • Knowledge about database systems, especially SQL
  • Experience in software development in C++ and Scientific Python. Knowledge of scripting languages and Fortran.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Throughout understanding of the way of working of the ESTEC CDF, the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), the ESA Space Safety Program and the ESOC flight dynamics and spacecraft control teams.

Common Desirable Skills

  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment.
  • Experience in MATLAB/SIMULINK, Mathematica, and shell scripting.
  • Experience with network services and protocols, and Linux system administration.
  • The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities simultaneously.
  • Furthermore, knowledge about current and planned ESA missions should be a given.