EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Vacancy in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
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Guidance Navigation and Control Systems Engineer
This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.
ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Guidance Navigation and Control System Engineer in the Guidance Navigation and Control Section, GNC, AOCS and Pointing Division, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
The Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC) Section provides functional support to ESA projects in the technical field of GNC systems for planetary exploration orbiters and landers, launch and transportation systems, re-entry vehicles, and new generation space vehicles for in-orbit robotic operations (including in-orbit servicing, in-orbit assembly, debris removal) and for specialized applications such as rendezvous and formation flying.
The Guidance Navigation and Control Section carries out technological research in the fields of GNC systems for space vehicles including interplanetary cruise, aero assistance, precision landing, ascent, rendezvous and docking, re-entry, formation flying and drag-free systems.
This covers with special emphasis the following areas : autonomous and fault-tolerant systems (including Health Monitoring Systems), advanced guidance, control, estimation and optimization techniques and tools, as well as technology development of GNC sensors with emphasis on vision-based navigation and hybrid navigation concepts.
Reporting to the Head of Section and within the technical fields described above, the main tasks and responsibilities of the post holder will include :
Duties may also include supporting other activities within the post holder’s field of competence.
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the positionUnderstanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscapeProject support experience in a relevant domainExperience with laboratory and field testing of relevant technical equipmentExperience 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
A Master’s degree in Control or Aerospace Engineering is required.
Proven experience in the development of GNC systems for Space Transportation and / or Rendezvous Systems.
Preference will be given to those with strong expertise in two or more of the following areas related to the position :