Simulations Officer - SWARM



SWARM Mission




Required Start Date

May 2013






Submission Deadline

19th April 2013



ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for an experienced Engineer (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty as Deputy Simulations Officer for the SWARM mission at ESOC in Darmstadt.

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 contingencies, writing briefing and debriefing messages, and running simulations.


            Academic Requirements

            The service requires a person with a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.




                    Specific Requirements

                    Essential skills:

                    · Good professional experience in spacecraft and/or operational applications also in the area of training.

                    · Good spacecraft knowledge on a subsystem level

                    · Experience 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

                    · 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)


                    Desirable skills:

                    · Security Clearance in view of later projects

                    · Experience in operational training

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

                    · 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




                    Background information

                    Benefits: 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) until 19th April 2013 to:

                    Andrée Scherschel (









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