Spacecraft Operations Engineer - Metop




Required Start Date

February 2013



Submission Deadline






Technical Requirements

The Engineer will work in the Operations and User Services Department and will be assigned to provide operations expertise and support to one or more platform subsystems and/or payload instruments, depending on his or her experience and the overall team needs. 

The Engineer will also participate in coordinating the satellite operations activities of other team members and external teams responsible for on-board software management, simulator support, mission control, mission planning, flight dynamics and ground stations. Furthermore, the Engineer will support system and operations preparation activities for Metop-C, for Metop Second Generation satellites and possibly also for Sentinel-3 and Jason-CS. 

The main tasks will be:

·         Support to the routine operations of Metop A, - B and preparing for Metop-C, comprising: Provision of operational expertise to one or more platform subsystems and/or payload instruments

·         Maintain the corresponding operations documentation and flight procedures, including the update and operational validation of procedures releases in a configuration controlled environment

·         Perform trending and performance analysis on the corresponding subsystems and instruments, including definition and possibly prototyping of additional analysis checks where necessary

·         Investigations into satellite anomalies. This may require a close co-operation with the Operations Support Entity (in ESTEC and Industry)

·         Participation in the satellite on-call support rota

·         Identification and support to implementation of system and process improvements concerning the Metop Spacecraft Operations Team responsibilities and interfaces

·         Support to the system and operations preparation of Metop Second Generation satellites:

o   Provide inputs and/or review the definition of system and satellite operational concepts

o   Review space to ground interface specifications and flight operations manuals

o   Support the definition of tools and processes required to prepare for and operate the satellites.

o   Support to the system and operations preparation of other LEO satellites

o   Provide operations preparation support as required to the Sentinel-3 and Jason-CS developments.

Academic Requirements

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

Specific Requirements

·         Spacecraft monitor and control operations

·         Spacecraft operations preparation engineering

·         Low Earth Orbit spacecraft design or Assembly Integration and Test activities at system or subsystem level

·         In-orbit operations of Low Earth Orbit Earth Observation satellites

·         Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground segment facilities, in particular procedure development, monitor and control, mission planning, on-board software management, performance analysis, configuration management and simulator facilities

·         Specification of system and operational concepts, facility requirements

·         Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures

·         Data analysis software packages such as MATLAB

·         File parsing languages such as PERL, AWK

·         Use of VBA for development of ad-hoc tools in MS Office applications.


Background information

LSE Space is looking for an experienced Spacecraft  Operations Engineer (m/f) in order to support the EUMETSAT Metop Spacecraft Operations Team in Darmstadt.

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 14th January 2013 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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