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Spacecraft Operations Engineer - Earth Observation

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Job Introduction

We have an exciting (and challenging) opening for a Spacecraft Operations Engineer in Darmstadt

Dynamic, Energetic, Entrepreneurial, Highly Motivated, Resilient … If this describes you then we would love to hear from you :) Come and join talented diverse Serco team at the European Organisation for the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) based in Darmstadt, Germany. 

European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany, tracks and controls European spacecraft, and develops and manages ground systems. As Europe’s centre of excellence for satellite operations, ESOC is home to the engineering teams that control spacecraft in orbit and build the systems on the ground that support missions in space.

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Discover the offer below and click on ‘Apply’ if you know that your skillset and talents are a suitable match for this opportunity.

  • Serco – The employer of choice for a career within the Space Sector.

Serco are a trusted provider of services to National Space Agencies and the European Space Agency (ESA), we have over 40 years’ experience supporting the space sector and providing services for all stages of our customer’s space missions.

  • Join our community of space specialists across Europe

We are proud to support the European institutional Space landscape: Serco boasts an extensive network of Space professionals located at our offices in Darmstadt, Noordwijk, Frascati, Paris and Madrid, all within close proximity of our two largest space sector customers, European Space Agency/European Space Operations Centre (ESA/ESOC) and European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

  • Supporting Women in Aerospace

Diversity and Inclusion is extremely important to us. Supporting women's opportunities, development and visibility in the space sector is key and that is why we are proud members and supporters of Women in Aerospace Europe, a dynamic and global network supporting women's careers in Aerospace.

Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) – Supporting women in STEM (wia-europe.org)  

 

Role Responsibility

The Spacecraft Operations Engineering will mainly support the EARTHCARE mission, with the possibility to support other missions across Earth Observation. The primary area of responsibility is the Data Handling system, including the preparation and validation of the FOP, inputs for LEOP and commissioning timeline, preparation of the remaining SVT, and contribution to the OBSM set-up and testing.

The primary areas will be, but not limited to, Spacecraft System and Subsystems and activities applicable to spacecraft operations. 


The general activities to be supported are (depending on the phase of the mission):


•    Study of Project specific Characteristics and Ground Segment Documentation 
•    Participation in the Analysis and Design of Satellite Operations 
•    Preparation of Flight Control and Contingency Procedures 
•    Mission Management and Mission Planning Support Service
•    Production of Project specific Software Validation and Satellite Interface Validation Test (SVT)
•    Procedures, Reports and Participation in SVTs 
•    Participation in the System Operations Validation Test (SOV), Training and Simulation Programmes 
•    Participation in Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and Mission Critical Operations 
•    Preparation of and Participation in the Commissioning Phase.
•    General Flight Control Support Service
•    Spacecraft Performance Analysis 

 

 

Successful Candidate

Do you think you are the person we are looking for? See below what experience or knowledge you should bring:

  • Minimum Bachelor degree and 2 years experience in a similar role within spacecraft operations, preferable in data handling. 
  • Fluent in English. 
  • Spacecraft subsystem knowledge, with emphasis on data handling. 
  • Experience in activities applicable to spacecraft operations.
  • Hands on familiarity with operational tools: MCS, Simulator, DB browser, MOIS or equivalent tool.
  • Hands-on familiarity in SVT and flight procedures development.
  • Experience in Mission Data Systems & Mission Control Systems and Simulators.
  • Coordination skills with internal (Flight Control Team), and external (ESRIN payload data centre, Satellite developer, simulator developer) parties.  
  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment (desirable, but not essential). 
  • Familiarity with satellite control systems (e.g. SCOS-2000)
  • Some experience dealing with external interfaces
  • The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities, multiple subsystems and if applicable multiple missions simultaneously. 

 

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Package Description

What we offer if you join our amazing team:

• Competitive Salary 

• Corporate Benefits Package 

• Support provided to EU Nationals requiring relocation – Information available upon request

• Company events

About the Company

Why should you join Serco ?

At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play.

Meaningful and vital work - You’ll contribute to methodologically intercepting challenges whilst achievements will also be recognised and celebrated.

A world of opportunity - You’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression

Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team who believe passionately in the value of our work.

What we offer

  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Permanent employment with comprehensive Serco Benefits package.

About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play when managing complex public services.  

We are a team of 60,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

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