Spacecraft Operations Engineer ExoMars




Required Start Date

1st February 2013




Submission Deadline

12th December 2012



ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

The ExoMars Flight Control Team requires Spacecraft Operations Engineers to prepare and conduct mission operations. The selected candidates will report to the ExoMars Spacecraft Operations Manager (SOM).


Both SOEs will take part in the typical tasks of mission preparation and implementation of the relevant Ground Segment during the Launch Preparation Phase and will support the Flight Operations after launch, carrying out all standard SOE tasks:

-  Familiarize with the ExoMars 2016 Mission characteristics and support operational analyses of the mission.

-  Support to the development, integration and validation of the ground systems and facilities required for ExoMars.

-  Support Project in reviews of spacecraft system, subsystem and payload documentation regarding operational aspects.

-  Provide operations support to the Spacecraft Operations Manager at Systems & Spacecraft level for mission management and mission planning.

-  Prepare and validate nominal and contingency procedures for flight and for spacecraft testing on ground.

-  Support the SVT, SOVs, Ground Segment Integration Tests, Training and Simulations.

-  Participate in LEOP and Mission Critical operations

-  Support in-flight operations, including nominal, critical, contingency and on-call support.

-  Support off-line evaluation of the spacecraft in-flight performance

-  Support the definition, implementation and testing of ESOC internal and external interfaces.


In the area of TGO and EDM your main responsibility will be on Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) payload and Entry Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM) operations, including preparation of interface documentation for TGO Science and EDM payload operations, preparation of procedures and mission phase timelines.

For GNC the main responsibility of the SOE will be on spacecraft Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC) subsystem, preparation of system procedures and mission phase timelines as well as definition, implementation and testing of internal interfaces to Flight Dynamics.

Academic Requirements

Academic and work related requirements: Both services require a person with University (or similar) degree in engineering or physics together with a good professional experience of several years in Interplanetary Mission Operations.

Specific Requirements

Required skills are:

·         Demonstrated system engineering experience

·         Understanding of interplanetary mission operations

·         Understanding of spacecraft avionics architecture (in particular for payloads)

·         Understanding of Flight Control Team tasks and responsibilities pre- and post-launch

·         Understanding of ground systems and facilities required to support spacecraft operations

·         Be fluent in English, both spoken and written.

·         Be able to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team

·         Be able to work independently with little or no supervision.

·         For GNC: Good understanding of spacecraft Avionics and GNC architecture and functions


Desirable skills would be:

·         Background on payload operations

·         Hands-on experience in spacecraft operations

·         Hands-on experience in ground systems integration and testing

·         Hands-on experience in the configuration of complex mission planning systems

·         Knowledge of the S2K environment and its database structure

·         Familiarity with the ESOC environment

·         Good spacecraft subsystem knowledge

·         Operational experience with interplanetary missions

·         Hands-on experience in satellite integration and testing


Background information

LSE Space is looking for 2 experienced Spacecraft  Operations Engineers (TGO/EDM and GNC subsystem) in order to support the ExoMars Flight Control Team at ESOC in Darmstadt.

Location of work: ESOC in Darmstadt.


A permanent employment contract.

Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Carrer 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 12th of December 2012 to:

Andrée Scherschel (

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