Payload Operations Engineer (m/f) Columbus




Required Start Date




Submission Deadline

30th October 2015 


Col-CC Oberpfaffenhofen

Technical Requirements

•Technical operations coordination between the mission operations service contract, the USOC service contract, and the support entities supporting operations to achieve integrated operations concepts

•Perform operations engineering activities for operations product generation and technical operations engineering work as required.

•Review/assess and coordinate with USOC and/or Col-CC, and provide operational assessment reports as required

•Provide support/represent the mission operations service at various ESA internal boards/panels and review boards as well as Space Station program/NASA or other IP boards/meetings as required (e.g. Crew time working group, Attitude working group, 7 Crew working group)

•Support the USOC and Mission Operations contract management as necessary, e.g. by attending progress meetings, division meetings and team meetings. 

•Provide operations engineering support/expertise to projects in the C/D phase, such as MPCC/Col-Ka Terminal and ALCS, with the goal to establish the operations concept in cooperation with the assigned USOC and the flight control team.

•Manage and coordinate the creation/development/update of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for the mission operations service in close coordination with the USOCs, Mission Operations Service, training service and engineering and ground segment service.

•Review and assess first time Experiment Science Requirements (ESRs) for operational feasibility and identification of new operational requirements.

•Define/ establish and manage the “Big picture status reporting” for all ESA hardware on-board the ISS with regards to the operational status (e.g. rack & payload operations status, anomalies, etc.)


Academic Requirements

A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.

Specific Requirements

  • A good knowledge of the International Space Station Program is required;
  • Capability to work in a team with other ESA organizations, e.g. Increment managers, Mission Operations manager, as well as with external partners;
  • 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 not later than 30th October 2015 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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