EUROCOM Operations Engineer (m/f)



EUROCOM Engineering Support

Required Start Date

January 2013




Submission Deadline




EAC, Cologne


Technical Requirements

The main tasks of the position will be:

  • EUROCOM Training:

      • Participate in courses for certification and proficiency maintenance.

      • Participate in both European and Integrated simulations. 


  • EUROCOM Real-time Console Operations:

      • Communicate with the crew on-board the International Space Station.

      • Represent the on-board crew in the Columbus Flight Control Team.

      • Review of Columbus related systems and payload procedures.  

      • Review of the on-board timeline for Columbus related activities.

      • Review of work emails and messages from Col-CC to the ISS crew.


  • EUROCOM Offline Tasks:

      • Participate in regular coordination meetings and telecons.

      • Support EUROCOM information sharing and action item tracking.

      • Support the offline review of operations related documents.

      • Support debriefings with astronauts, returning from a space mission.

      • Support the update of the web based EUROCOM eRoom.

      • Support EUROCOM internal planning.

      • If required, cover the function of EUROCOM Increment Lead.


  • Crew / Training Support:

      • Support Columbus Systems, Payload and ATV training dry-runs.

      • Support, as EUROCOM, Crew Evaluation Simulations. 

      • Support Crew Reviews, including the preparation of the related reports.

      • Support the collection of lessons learned from a space mission.

      • Support simulations as either crew surrogate or simulation officer.

Academic Requirements


·University degree (or equivalent) in Aerospace Engineering

·Applicants should have several years of experience in operations, preferably within the manned space programme.

·Fluent in English; knowledge of another member state language is an asset

·High level of flexibility and willingness to travel

·Good organization skills, good communication skills

·Ability to cope with pressure

·Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the outside world


Specific Requirements


Background information


LSE Space is looking for an experienced EUROCOM Operations Engineer (m/f) in order to provide support to the European Astronaut Center in Cologne/Germany.

Communications between the in-orbit crew and the ground control teams are essential to the success of any space mission. In order to streamline the exchange of information, only one person in a control center, is assigned to interface with the crew in space. Within ESA, the person in charge of communicating with the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) for any Columbus related issue is called “EUROCOM”.

The EUROCOM Operations Engineer is a member of the EUROCOM Team, which is based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany.

As a member of the Columbus Flight Control Team (FCT) for ISS Operations, the EUROCOM carries out his/her operational activities either from the Columbus Control Centre (COL-CC) in Oberpfaffenhofen or from EAC.

The EUROCOM Team supports operations in shifts on a 16/7 basis, where the exact timing of the shifts heavily depends on the on-board schedule of the International Space Station crew. This implies availability to work shifts (either on console or on-call) outside of office hours and/or during week-ends and public holidays.

Work Location: Cologne, Germany


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 until 22nd of November 2012 to: Andrée Scherschel (

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