Payload/Instrument Electronic Engineer
Space Careers
Noordwijk, Netherlands
3 dagen geleden

Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESTEC and ESAC. Aurora has the opportunity to expand our support to ESA in the domain of S-AST - Engineering and Scientific Support to SCI-F Payload Technology Validation Activities.

Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.


The Payload Validation Section is responsible for conducting laboratory based validation activities, with a particular emphasis on imaging focal plane technologies, in support of the development of the instrumentation for future ESA space science missions.

The majority of these activities take place during the assessment and definition phases (phase A / B1). It also provides general support to the Directorate’s other Departments for specific validation activities, for missions under development (phase B2CD) or during operations (phase E).

Further details of the sections work can be found at http : / / / sci-fv / 57057-payload-technology-validation / .

The specific primary tasks and responsibilities to be covered by the Service are :

  • Performing laboratory based payload validation activities, encompassing : Coordination with the mission study team, project team or operations team for the definition of the validation activities Preparation of test documentation (test requirements, test plan and test report) Definition of validation activities test setups Implementation of validation activities setups with emphasis on imaging detectors (visible, infra-red) and associated control electronics Performing commissioning of the validation activities setup Performing tests utilising the validation activities setup Performing tests data analysis and reporting to the supported study team, project team or operation team
  • The secondary tasks include :

  • Supporting the d evelopment and maintenance of the technical infrastructure needed to validate payload technologies
  • Evaluation of proposals in response to calls for missions, participation in reviews , provision of payload expertise in support of system studies, projects, PRODEX
  • Generally supporting department activities; contributing to the elaboration and implementation of the Science Programme technology development plans
  • Specific qualification requirements

  • Applicants should have a university master’s degree ( MSc. ) or equivalent qualification in physics or electronics engineering complemented by several years of hands-on academic and / or industrial experience.
  • This experience shall preferably be in the design, manufacturing, and utilisation of instrument technology validation setups , in the space domain.

  • In particular : Demonstrated hands-on expertise in the performance testing of imaging detectors and associated control electronics of the type typically used in space science payloads is mandatory.
  • Experience in low-noise analogue, high-speed digital techniques and mixed-signal circuits , preferably in the field of image sensors, is considered to be an advantage.

    Knowledge of space science instrumentation technology, electro-optical characterisation, cryogenics, and / or the design considerations for space-based payloads would be an asset.

  • The service support provider shall be highly-motivated, capable of working independently, creative and have very good problem-solving skills.
  • Given the Service will be provided in a small team, the service support provider should also be flexible and able to multi-task.
  • Fluent in the English language (spoken and written). Knowledge of another European language is an asset.
  • Legal and Security Requirements

  • All applicants must be legally allowed to work in The Netherlands
  • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their passport and degree certificate. Aurora will validate the Degree with the issuing University and provide evidence to ESA.
  • Prior to issuing a letter of employment the applicant shall provide to Aurora a recent official document declaring that they are of good conduct from the country where currently resident.
  • Location

    The work will be performed at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


  • The selected candidate will receive good remuneration in line with ESA Job Class.
  • Will be registered for both social security and tax in the Netherlands.
  • The standard working hours are 40 per week. There are 12 public holidays and an additional 30 annual days holiday.
  • Training to improve efficiency and provide strength for future career are of course included.
  • Aurora assist with relocation both with support and financially.
  • Aurora contributes to a company pension scheme.
  • To be considered for this Position

    Prior to 1 February 2021 , please apply via our Job Application form quoting S AST-YH as reference. Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 5 February 2021, 13.00 hours .

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