Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Space Environments and Effects Analyses and Modelling
Noordwijk, The Netherlands
3 dagen geleden


Research Fellowship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

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Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Space Environments and Effects Analyses and Modelling

This post is classified F2 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands


The ESA Space Environments and Effects Research Fellow will work on Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe data for environment models, together with Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Software (SPIS) analysis for particles and charging.

The planned work will include a new high-resolution model of Solar Orbiter with the latest SPIS improvements implemented for local magnetic fields, charging, particle tracing, solar array interconnects, and a new sensor model.

The work will be carried out in collaboration with the main European institutes behind the Solar Orbiter mission.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website :

Field(s) of activity / research

The activities encompass space plasma environmental modelling, analysis of data from relevant existing missions (Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe), and application and further development of related space plasma interactions software (SPIS) for a range of anticipated effects on the spacecraft.

Technical competencies

  • Ability to conduct research autonomously
  • Breadth of exposure coming from past and / or current research / activities
  • Research / publication record
  • Knowledge relevant to the field of research
  • General interest in space and space research
  • Ability to gather and share relevant information
  • Behavioural competencies

  • Result Orientation
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Fostering Cooperation
  • Relationship Management
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Forward Thinking
  • Education

    You should have recently completed, or be close to completion of, a PhD in space science, space engineering and / or IT subjects, with preferably a background in spacecraft plasma interactions.

    Preference will be given to candidates awarded their doctorate within the past five years.

    Additional requirements

    Broader knowledge and experience in space environments and their effects on spacecraft would be an asset.

    The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

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