Simulations Officer
Project Ground Facilities External Services Section

Start Date

November/December 2011
Initial position: MSG-3 mission

Submission Deadline




ESOC - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements

Simulations Officers are responsible for developing the training concept and the associated Simulation Plan to train the Mission Control Team, in order to prepare them for the launch or other critical phases of an ESA mission.  This includes planning and developing failure cases of increasing difficulty to be introduced into the simulations, in order to train the Mission Control Team in non-nominal operations and application of mission rules.

Simulations Officers are also planned to be involved with the operational training of other staff, including but not limited to Ground Operations Managers and ESTRACK Control Centre (ECC) operators.

The Simulations Officer role requires familiarisation with both the space and ground segment.

Simulations Officers are also involved with general training and simulation activities at ESOC.

For a particular mission, the Prime Simulations Officer is responsible for the delivery of training to the Mission Control Team, supported by a Deputy Simulations Officer. The Deputy Simulations Officer is responsible for supporting the prime Simulations Officer in the delivery of training. This includes assistance with simulator breakpoint preparation, testing of contigencies, writing briefing and debriefing messages, and running simulations.

The allocation of simulations officers to missions and ground facilities training is decided by OPS/ONX in consultation with the relevant GSMs and SOMs. For this position the following allocation is anticipated:
Prime Simulations Officer for the MSG-3 mission

The simulations officer is also expected to assist with general training and simulation activities at ESOC. To support the prime officer in building up simulation officer specific skills and knowledges, a tutor will guide him/her on the first mission assignment.

For background information on the MSG mission familiy please refer to the following website:

More information on the Ground Facilities division can be found at

Academic Requirements Applicants should have a University (or similar) degree in engineering or physics or similar discipline.

Specific Requirements

Applicants should have good professional experience in spacecraft and/or operational applications, preferably also in the area of training.

Essential skills are:

  • Good spacecraft knowledge on a subsystem level
  • Expierence in working in an operational environment
  • Ability to understand and accurately predict behaviour of complex systems
  • Be fluent in English, both in speech and writing
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Pro-active and confident personality with good persuasive skills
  • Team-player, able to interface with technical and management personnel
  • Well-organised, able to prioritise and manage several tasks in parallel
  • Interest in operational training
Desirable skills are:
  • Experience in operational training
  • Familiarity with the ESOC working environment and Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Familiarity with operational simulators, ideally SimSat
  • Familiarity with satellite control systems, ideally SCOS2000
  • Knowledge of operations
  • Experience with pre-launch activities and launch campaigns
  • Experience in instructional design methodologies
  • Familiarity with effective teamwork  principles and team building aspects

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