Spacecraft Operations Engineer (m/f) - Mars Express



MARS Express

Required Start Date

May 2013



Submission Deadline




ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for an experienced Spacecraft Operations Engineer (m/f) in order to support the MARS Express Mission Control Team at ESOC in Darmstadt.

​The MARS Express Mission Control Team requires a Spacecraft Operations Engineer (SOE) to provide support primarily for Mission Planning operations and operational software tools.

The main tasks will be:

The SOE shall perform tasks necessary to Planning Operations in Mars Orbit:

· Contribute to the generation of routine mission planning products;

· Contribute to the process of the medium-term planning cycle in interaction with Flight Dynamics, and with the other Flight Control SOEs for spacecraft preservation.

· Support the interfaces of mission planning within ESOC, with the Science Operations Centre, part of the ESAC Science Ground Segment, and with the scientific community;

· Contribute to the development and/or maintenance of mission planning tools: specification and validation of externally-procured tools; programming for evolution of internal tools;

· Follow up anomalies, test upgrades and new configurations of the Mission Planning tools.

· Contribute to streamlining of the planning and commanding workflow in support to the automation of mission operations.

In addition, the SOE will also be expected to contribute to other Flight Operations:

· Contribute as required to on-board software / On-Board Control Procedures improvement, validation and management, in coordination with the on-board Data handling engineers.

· Perform checking and loading of routine operations products to the spacecraft, on a rotation basis;

· Support spacecraft anomaly resolution or implementation of operational workarounds;

· Contribute to documentation and reporting of mission operations;

· Provide on-call support for spacecraft and mission planning;

· Provide engineering and operations support for designated payload or platform elements.

· Assist the Chief Mission Planner and / or Spacecraft Operations Manager in adapting operations planning and concepts, if required by mission evolution.

Academic Requirements

The service requires a person with a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

Specific Requirements

·         Spacecraft operations.

·         Mission Planning.

·         Candidates should be systems-minded and have a good understanding of general space mission constraints (data, power, attitude, thermal etc) Some experience of spacecraft operations, mission planning or On-Board Control Procedures would be an advantage.

·         Candidates should be able to work independently, reliably and according to schedule for the set of planning products they will regularly be entrusted to process.

·         Capability to manage and operate planning processes and tools in a systematic and configuration-controlled manner  is mandatory, together with the will to learn in detail all tools and possibilities of a complex planning system.

·         Candidates should have a good level of computer skills and some experience with UNIX and/or LINUX operating systems. Good knowledge and practical experience of Java would be of significant advantage. The candidates shall have interest to maintain and improve the custom planning tools (Java, but aso ML, PERL, UNIX scripts). Proficiency with mathematical packages(eg. MatLab, SciLab) would be a plus.


Background information

Benefits: A permanent employment contract. Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package. Career path.


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment? Then send your application preferably online (CV in Word format) until 11th March 2013 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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