Spacecraft Operations Engineer (m/f) - Venus Express



Venus Express Mission Control

Required Start Date

April 2013



Submission Deadline




ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for 2 experienced Spacecraft Operations Engineers (m/f) TT&C or Power & Thermal in order to support the Venus Express Mission at ESOC in Darmstadt.

​The Venus Express mission is currently extended until end of 2014, with a potential further extension into 2015 being considered. All platform and back-up subsystems are in good health. All instruments are operational except for PFS that could not be operated since the beginning of the mission due to a shutter malfunction and VIRTIS which is affected by the end of life of the coolers, thus limiting its performance in the infrared spectrum.

The mission is very dynamic in spite of being in routine phase with multiple special operations like the quadratures, solar conjunctions and lately the aerodrag experiments. The team is challenged with demanding tasks in the next years: ground segment obsolescence migrations, operations automation an possibly preparing and implementing the first European aerobraking operations to be decided in June 2013.

The main tasks will be:

The Venus Express Mission Control Team requires Spacecraft Operations Engineers (SOEs) to provide operations support for Telemetry and Telecommanding Subsystem (TT&C) or Power & Thermal subsystems. The SOEs will work within the VEX Flight Control Team (FCT) under the direct management of the VEX Spacecraft Operations Manager.

-  Be required to take prime responsibility of platform TT&C or Power & Thermal subsystem and back up of at least one spacecraft/ground subsystems (AOCS, Data Handling, Payload instrument, Power&Thermal,  Mission Control System, Simulator or Mission Planning).

-  Be required to coordinate TT&C operations with relevant Ground Operations Engineers and Flight Dynamics, in particular for Radio Science and Delta-DOR activities or VEX Mission Planning System including the generation of long, medium and short term planning products on rotation shifts.

-  Be required to work with the VEX Mission Planning System including the generation of long, medium and short term planning products on rotation shifts (every 5-6 weeks approx).

-  Be required to work and be on call as operations engineer supervising operations conduction (one week every 5-6 weeks approx).

-  Be required to write and maintain operational procedures (in MOIS) and reports.

-  Be required to operate the VEX Mission Control System based on SCOS 2000 to monitor and control spacecraft operations.

-  Be assertive, communicative and able to work in a team in a multinational environment.

-  Be able to learn new skills and adapt to the VEX operations environment within 2-3 months.

-  Be able to actively participate in the relevant technical meetings and teleconferences.


Academic Requirements

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

Specific Requirements

·         Spacecraft operations.

·         TT&C subsystem and RF in general.

·         SCOS 2000, MOIS tools, mission planning and operations automation.

·         Ground station operations.


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 11th March 2013 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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