Spacecraft Operations Engineer - Herschel and Planck Missions



Herschel and Planck

Required Start Date

February 2012




Submission Deadline




ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for a Spacecraft Operations Engineer to cover the following fields of expertise in the Herschel and Planck Missions:

  • Prime on-board data handling system engineer for Planck
  • Back-up on-board data handling system engineer for Herschel.
  • One or two disciplines out of Power, Thermal and TT&C System in the role of the prime engineer for the Herschel Mission.

Consequently, the candidate shall have good operational experience and a deeper knowledge in On-board Data Handling Systems and also knowledge at least in one of the other subsystems mentioned above, i.e Power, Thermal, TT&C (Telecommunication). She/he shall have demonstrated in the past the ability to conduct detailed performance analysis on her/his own initiative.

The exact allocation will depend on the professional experience. The tasks allocation could change in course of the mission if need arises due to changes in the team. Independent from the task allocation the routine tasks/responsibilities will be:

1. Perform day to day monitoring of the assigned subsystem performance and health status assessment, including: anomaly investigation, its tracking & follow-up.

2.  Prepare/conduct/report on any manual operations (e.g.eclipse or manoeuvres operations, testing and engineering activity, etc.). This will include critical operations on console.  

3.  Participate with the other SOEs in the weekly on-call dutycycle, incl. the weekly and monthly reporting.


4.  Maintain the relevant procedures of the Flight Operations Plan.

Academic Requirements

Applicants should have a university degree in engineering or physics, with good knowledge of spacecraft subsystems.  

Specific Requirements

The candidate should be a self-starter and team worker but also be able to work independently with little or no supervision. Motivation and capability is expected to familiarize fast with the platform, payload and the mission control system. Desirable skills are:

  • Good general knowledge of all spacecraft systems,
  • Experience in spacecraft operations is highly desired,

Familiarity with the ESOC operations environment to allow a fast start.


Background information


A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the space field, in particular in operations is highly desirable.

Candidates should be system-minded and a team player able to work in an interdisciplinary team. Be fluent in English, both in speech and writing. Capability to work with MS Office suite, including data processing tools (Excel and the like)


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 latest on 13th of January 2012 (CV in Word format) to:

Andrée Scherschel (

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