Galileo Ground Segment Operations Engineer (m/f)



LSE Space is looking for an Engineer (m/f) fulfilling the task of Ground Segment Operations Engineering to support the Galileo Project in Oberpfaffenhofen.

Required Start Date

March 2014 



Submission Deadline

21st February 2014 


Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany) , GCC

Technical Requirements

The Galileo Project requires engineering support for monitoring and controlling the overall preparation and execution of the Galileo operations activities.

The service will support the activities of the Galileo Constellation Operations Unit (HSO-OGC) in coordinating the definition, preparation, testing, validation, and implementation of the Galileo constellation operations, as required to meet the overall Galileo end-user service’s needs.

The Ground Control Segment infrastructure is deployed and operated mainly in the Galileo Control Centre (GCC) in Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany) and Fucino as backup. In addition GCS elements are deployed at the LEOP centres (Darmstadt, Toulouse). Remote elements, like the five S-Band TTCF stations, are deployed around the globe.

The service will be provided to the Galileo Constellation Operations Unit in particular the ESA Control Segment Operations Engineer at GCC-D, covering the following tasks: 


·         Monitoring the activities of the Operations Service provider on its operations and maintenance  activities of the Galileo Control Segment in the GCCs and the remote sites;

·         Follow-up the development, integration, verification and operational validation of the Galileo Ground Control segment within the context of the overall Galileo system;

·         Support the development of requirements for evolution of the Galileo Control Segment to improve operability;

·         Support the procurement process for the Operations Service Provider for the Ground Control Segment maintenance and operations aspects, and monitor their implementation;

·         Support and coordinate the interaction between the Operations and the Ground Control Segment provider(s), ensuring the coherency of the maintenance and operations concept for the Control Segment, at system, segment and element level;

·         Participation on Galileo related Anomaly Review Boards, Change Control Boards, reviews panels, as required.

Academic Requirements

·         A University Degree in Aerospace Engineering or in an equivalent discipline

Specific Requirements

·         Significant experience of senior engineering activities in ground control of similarly complex computer infrastructure deployed for space operation related activities.

·         Experience related to developments in the Galileo project (GIOVE, IOV) will be considered an asset.

·         Good spacecraft knowledge on a subsystem level

·         Experience in working in an operational environment

·         Ability to understand and accurately predict behaviour of complex systems

·         Well-organised, able to prioritise and manage several activities in parallel

·         Familiarity with operational training

·         Familiarity with operational simulators, ideally SimSat

·         Familiarity with satellite control systems, ideally SCOS2000

·         Familiarity with programming/scripting languages (e.g. C++, Java, JavaScript)

·         Security Clearance in view of later projects

·         Experience in operational training

·         Familiarity with the ESOC working environment and Quality Management System (QMS)

·         Knowledge of satellite or ground operations, or non-space operational environments

·         Experience with pre-launch activities and launch campaigns of satellites.

·         Experience in instructional design methodologies

·         Familiarity with effective teamwork  principles and team building aspects

Additional skills required:

  • System-minded and a team player
  • Able to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Fluent in English, both in speech and writing


Background information

Location: The position will be based in Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany), the service will also require travel to ESOC, ESTEC, Fucino (IT) and other European sites.




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) not later than 21st February 2014 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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