ISS Payloads Ops Ground Segment Engineer (m/f)




Required Start Date

August 2015



Submission Deadline

15th JUly 2015 



Technical Requirements


LSE Space/Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESOC, ESTEC and ESAC. We have now the opportunity to answer the ESTEC request of ISS Payloads Ground Segment Engineer (m/f).

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
Provision of support mainly in the area of the Payload Ground Segment coordination and evolution. The post holder shall interface directly with the USOC for the management and coordination of the USOC GS matters and processes.

He/she will also participate in GS processes such as identifying central GS service changes, lCD updates (PIRN process) and USOC GS infrastructure changes.

Support the ESA ISS P/L Integration Managers for science and operations preparation activities, e.g. feasibility assessments, major Payload Reviews, and review of P/L integration documents (ESRs, PIAs, MOICs, etc.).  He/she will also support Increment Managers in the areas of increment preparation and Certification of Flight Readiness (CoFR),

Specific duties include the following:

  • Towards P/L Integration  Managers (PIMs)
    • Participation in reviews of payloads under development with major GS implications, such as ASIM, etc. etc. and follow up of the implementation of new components  of the USOC Ground Infrastructure in line with the development  of future payloads and experiments.
    • Support  to feasibility assessments,  payload testing,
    • Identification of GS changes for the new payloads and experiments.
  • Towards Increment Management  and Preparation:
    • Interpretation of the Increment Requirements Document into implementable tasks to be given to the GS service contractors and to USOCs. Described in the GS Blank Book
    • GS integrated schedule maintenance for ground segment related aspects
    • Provide support to the CoFR process by checking CoFR certificates (from USOCs and P/L  support by the GS service for completeness and consistency
  • Towards USOCs:
    • Support to the head of mission operations in the day-to-day management of the
    • USOC contracts, with particular emphasis on ground segment aspects.
    • Organisation of the process and the reviews leading to USOC Infrastructure Readiness
    • Review and provision of comments to Ground Segment PIRNs on ICOs between the USOCs and Col-CC and Management of development and maintenance of USOC ICD with external User sites (e.g. UHB)
    • Follow up the performance  of ground operations during routine operations, identification  of problems and support to the specification  of corrective actions
    • Coordination  and Support to USOC Operational  readiness Tests
    • Monitoring  of USOC implementation, configuration status and documentation progress (for GS matters)


Academic Requirements

A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.

Specific Requirements

  • A good knowledge of the International Space Station Programme is required;
  • Good knowledge of Ground Segment processes and systems for spaceflight;
  • Capability to work in a team with other ESA organizations, e.g. Increment managers, Mission Operations manager, as well as with external partners;
  • Experience in the area of GS development and maintenance;
  • Some knowledge of Payload Operations in Columbus and in other segments of the ISS;
  • Fluency in English is mandatory.


Background information


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 15th July 2015 to:

Andrée Scherschel ( and Alex Jeanes (


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