Ground Control Segment Support



Ground Station Network Support

Required Start Date

 January 2013




Submission Deadline




ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

The activities to be performed can be grouped as:

·         Pre-pass related activities:

o   GC link and uplink setup & verify

o   Voice loop setup and control

o   Ranging calibration

o   Test transmission

o   Data flow tests

·         Post-pass related activities:

o   Link disconnection

o   Radiometric Data retrieval

o   STC Chart imports

·         Liaising and interfacing:

o   Maintain overview on demand for availability of GS facilities

o   Pass support requirements and related station configurations

·         Monitoring and reporting

o   Supervise scheduled support activities

o   G/S performance and configurations

o   Reporting: operations logs, handling of activity reports, status reports, ops meetings.

·         Anomaly and NCRs

o   Troubleshooting, 1st line of recovery

o   Anomaly report filling, resolution and follow up

Academic Requirements

Should preferably have a university degree in engineering, identical to or comparable with the B.Sc., Technicien Superieur, or Fachhochschulingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.(FH)) and a minimum of three years of experience as a qualified engineer in a computer controlled systems environment comparable in size and scope of tasks with a Ground Facilities Control Centre.

The other staff require a commonly recognised qualification received from a national technical school equivalent institution plus eight years of hands-on experience with remote operations of a network of unmanned satellite ground stations or an equally long experience with local operations and maintenance of a manned satellite ground station. The period of six years shall include a minimum of 2 years in a related supervisory function.

Specific Requirements

·         Proven background in RF-, communications-, systems engineering, or technical reliability, combined with a sound background in RF systems exploitation for spacecraft control

·         Sound understanding of ground stations functionality, configurations requirements, and operations constraints

·         Understanding of the methods of Local and Wide Area Network (Intranet, Internet) communications

·         Ability to:

o   correctly and comprehensively map spacecraft control and user data transfer requirements onto corresponding ground station and communications network configurations and performances

o   simultaneously co-ordinate and control several current processes/tasks in diverse areas, while quickly assessing actions necessary to respond to a changing situation

o   comprehensively keep track of all events of operational relevance during a shift

o   correctly interpret given operational control procedures and draft new procedures or modifications to existing procedures if and as necessary

o   systematically perform trouble shooting and service restoration activities

o   organise GFC shifts as team work, with the Shift Co-ordinator taking the role of the "primus inter pares"

o   establish and maintain a good working relationship with staff of other support units, spacecraft and/or mission controllers and with staff at science operations centers and other space organizations

·         Decisiveness

·         Interest in and ability to coach Ground Facilities Control personnel

·         Fluency in English (spoken and written). A working level knowledge (reading and speaking) of German would be helpful.



Background information

LSE is building a Ground Control Segment Support team to covers the provision of round-the-clock operations of one of the biggest ground station network in support of spacecraft monitoring and control. A 24 hour shift system will be implemented with the manning per shift as determined by the missions to be support.

Work Location: Darmstadt, 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.


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