Galileo Ground Operations Engineer



Galileo LEOP Services

Required Start Date

1st of June 2012




Submission Deadline




ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for an experienced Ground Operations Engineer in order to support the Galileo LEOP Services at ESOC in Darmstadt.

The main tasks of the position will be:

• Developing and managing the LEOP mission timeline;

• Preparation for LEOP operations in coordination with Ground Operations Manager, Spacecraft Operation Manager and Operation Director (consulting the operations concept document, interface definitions for the ground elements, scheduling, etc ...);

• Development and review of the ground segment procedures;

• Development of the Galileo Launch Folder;

• Providing specialist advice on the ground segment;

• Development, management and execution of the MRTs, DFTs, Tracking Campaigns.

• Identification, recording, investigation and progression of ground anomalies during the SVTs, MRTs, simulations campaigns and LEOPs;

• Preparation for, and participation in, the simulations campaigns;

• Assistance to the simulations officer to provided specialist ground segment knowledge for the simulations campaigns.;

• Participation in the 5-6 day LEOPs in the role of a Ground Operations Manager, thereby executing applicable Classified and Un-Classified procedures. This will involve shift-working to provide 24 hour support to the spacecraft;

• Provide Ground Segment Support for activities like Risk Analysis, Secure Monitoring Procedures, Incident Investigation, etc., as required.

• Providing any necessary ground segment support to operations in the drift phase of the spacecraft;

• Contribution to the post-LEOP reports.

Academic Requirements

This service requires a person with University (or similar) degree in engineering or physics together with a good professional experience of several years in Ground Operations.

Specific Requirements

Candidates should be system-minded and able to work as a member of an international and interdisciplinary team. Expertise of spacecraft ground operations is highly desirable. Knowledge of French would be advantageous.


Background information

The Galileo LEOP operations will be carried out by a team comprising CNES and ESOC engineers.  The plan is for LEOPs to take place alternately at CNES Toulouse and ESOC Darmstadt, with the team taking part in the LEOPs at each site.  There will be 2 Ground Operations Managers (GOMs), one will be normally based at each of the sites and the holder of this post will report to the ESOC Ground Operations Manager.  Each launch will comprise a minimum of 2 spacecraft and possibly up to 4.  While the first pair of Galileo Satellites had been launched (IOV-1), the holder of this post will support the upcoming IOV-2 (LEOP support from CNES) and the IOC1 (LEOP support from ESOC) missions. The working language across the team is English.



A permanent employment contract.

Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Carrer 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 20th of April 2012 to:

Andrée Scherschel (

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