Spacecraft Operations Engineer (m/f) for Galileo at ESOC



Galileo LEOP Services 

Required Start Date

June 2014 



Submission Deadline

6th June 2014 


Darmstadt - ESOC

Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for an Engineer (m/f) fulfilling the task of Spacecraft Operations Engineering to support the Galileo Project at ESOC in Darmstadt.


The position will be part of the GALILEO ESOC Flight Control Team. The primary areas of responsibility for this service are Data Handling, TT&C & OBSM.


The Galileo LEOP operations preparation and execution will be carried out by a Flight Control Team comprising CNES and ESOC engineers. The plan is for LEOPs to take place either at ESOC Darmstadt or CNES Toulouse, with the complete team involved in each LEOP preparation and partial team taking part in the LEOP at each site.


The incumbent will support and closely cooperate with the SOM during the pre-launch operations preparation, ops products validation and the LEOP execution phases of Galileo IOC missions.


The responsibilities of the DHS-TT&C & OBSM SOE include in particular:


• Data Handling, TT&C, on-board software and OBSM operations engineer;

• Close interaction and working with the other Galileo LEOP SOEs, based at ESOC and CNES;

• Review of documentation produced by the Galileo spacecraft manufacturer (SSEG);

• Review of the procedures created by SSEG;

• Review of the procedures created by OPS;

• Development of LEOP specific nominal and contingency recovery operating procedures using the MOIS tools;

• Providing specialist subsystem advice on the development and content of the Operational Database; 

• Development of tools to manage the Data Handling and TT&C subsystems during LEOP – in particular ANDs, GRDs, mimics and off-line tools;

• Validation of procedures using the Galileo Constellation Simulator (CSIM) and the Galileo LEOP specific (SCOS2000 based) control system (L-SCCF);

• Preparation for and participation in the SCTCs (SVTs). This will also involve the preparation of SCTC specific procedures and the writing of SCTC reports;

• Identification, recording, investigation and progression of spacecraft and ground-based anomalies during the SCTCs, simulations campaign and LEOP;

• Preparation for and participation in the simulations campaign;

• Assistance to the simulations officer to provided specialist subsystem knowledge for the simulations campaign.

• Participation in the LEOP. This will involve shift-working to provide 24 hour support to the spacecraft;

• Support Handover and post-LEOP activities, including contribution to the LEOP report.

Academic Requirements

A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.

Specific Requirements

·         A University Degree in Aerospace Engineering or in an equivalent discipline

·         Spacecraft subsystem knowledge, in particular good knowledge of Data Handling and TT&C subsystems

·         Good knowledge of OBSM – configuration, operation, inputs and products

·         Good operational experience

·         Experience with pre-launch activities and launch campaigns

·         Experience with MOIS tools

·         Ground Segment knowledge at system level

·         Familiarity with SCOS2000 mission control system

·         Familiarity with operational simulators

·         Familiarity with the ESOC environment

·         Experience with ground systems testing

·         Experience dealing with external interfaces

·         Familiarity with PC based MS tools

Additional skills required:

  • System-minded and a team player
  • Able to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Fluent in English, both in speech and writing


Background information

Location: The position will be based in Darmstadt (Germany) and will require regular travel to Toulouse.




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) not later than 6th June 2014 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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