Cluster Spacecraft Operations Engineer



Required Start Date



3 years 1/2

Submission Deadline



ESOC -Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


The candidate SOE will be assigned to be prime for the Solid State Recorder (SSR) and back-up engineer for the OBDH subsystem. He/se shall also be prime engineer for two instruments, the Flux Gate Magnetometer (FGM) and the Electon Drift Instrument (EDI), and back-up for the  Cluster Ion Spectrometer (CIS). His /her involvement in maintaining the Cluster simulator and the mission control system is expected. The task allocations could change if need arise due to changes in the team.

Services to be provided

Tasks / responsibilities will be:

•     Perform day to day monitoring of the assigned subsystem/instrument performance and health status assessment, including: anomaly investigation, its tracking & follow-up.
•     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.
•     Share with the other SOEs the weekly on-call duty, incl. the weekly reporting.

•     Maintain the relevant procedures of the Flight Operations Plan.

Academic Requirements

Applicants should have an university degree preferably in aerospace, electronics or physics.

Specific Requirements

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 is mandatory.




The candidate should be a self-starter and a team workerbut also be able to work independently with little or no supervision. Motivation and capability are expected to familiarise fast with the platform, the payload and the mission control system.

Desirable skills are:

  • <-[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE good general knowedge of spacecraft systems in particular data handling
  • familiarity with the ESOC operations environment to allow a fast start to work with the mission control system
  • experience in spacecraft operations