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NOC Network Operations Centre Technician (m/f)



Network Operations Centre (NOC)

Required Start Date




Submission Deadline

17th January 2018


ESA/ESOC - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


LSE Space is looking for an experienced Technician (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty of: 

NOC Network Operations Centre Technician

for our customer ESA/ESOC  in Darmstadt/Germany.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be: 


For our activities in the European Space Agency, we are currently seeking to employ a highly motivated and enthusiastic Network Operations Centre (NOC) Technician to work in an exciting innovative international environment.

The NOC Technician will be part of an integrated team which provides 24/7 monitoring and control of Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) stations of the ESTRACK ground station network, Operational IT and Operational Control Centre services at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

The team, located in the ESOC Network Operations Centre, provides support using a variety of computer and network hardware and software.

The NOC acts as the first point of contact for users, missions/projects and second line support teams.


Main responsibilities

Your main tasks and responsibilities as NOC Technician will include:

  • Liaise with spacecraft and mission operations engineers as well as staff on duty at other support units, ground stations and external Agencies to establish and continuously maintain a comprehensive overview on the availability of and the demand for utilization of resources provided by the ground segment facilities.
  • Supervise and coordinate scheduled support activities.
  • Monitor the progress of station configurations for satellite passes through voice coordination or remote monitoring systems.
  • Schedule Ground Stations and OCC facilities in real-time (outside normal working hours).
  • Configure and monitor station configurations for satellite passes as well as data transmissions and performance.
  • Respond immediately to any anomaly affecting operations; relevant procedures shall be initiated and 1st line maintenance activities executed as required in order to restore operations. Document and track anomalies, call out 2nd/3rd party support/escalate and follow-up on incident resolution.
  • Reporting and documentation.
  • Act as first line of contact for users of critical systems.
  • Provide 1st line computer and network support to all eligible users – including incident, problem, change request and user request/complaints handling.
  • Actively monitor all operational IT systems, applications and networks and react immediately on potential issues or outages by:
  • Logging and escalating incident tickets according to procedure;
  • Identify the impacted services/users and inform all relevant parties;
  • Initiate incident resolution or mitigating actions to restore the service asap;
  • Call out/escalate to 2nd line support or external providers according to procedure;
  • Follow-up on incident resolution/progress and inform interested parties of the status;
  • Prioritise work according to criticality of systems, schedules and targets.
  • Operation, fault finding and repair on the network and on active network components (CISCO) using Ethernet and TCP/IP protocols and by logging on/commanding active network components.
  • In line with procedures perform contingency and scheduled re-configurations, hardware and software maintenance, test and remedial activity, so as to minimise resource impact.
  • Perform various housekeeping/administrative duties.
  • Work to predefined schedules and service levels, actively participate in recommending technical and procedural improvements to benefit the service.
  • Provide round the clock cover in a rotating shift pattern, with adequate information handover between shifts.
  • Maintain a log of all relevant activities and events.
  • Attend user meetings, briefings, user groups and workshops as required.

Academic Requirements



Specific Requirements


Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate would have the following education, background or qualifications:

  • Experience with remote operations of a network of unmanned satellite ground stations or with local operations and maintenance of a manned satellite ground station;
  • Sound understanding of ESTRACK ground stations functionality, configurations requirements, and operations constraints;
  • Understanding of Local and Wide Area Network (Intranet, Internet) communications;
  • Decisiveness and accountability;
  • Interest in and ability to coach / train other staff;
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written);
  • Some knowledge of VMS, Unix, Console Works, NetBackup, CD-ROM production, CiscoWorks, HP-OV, CISCO Firewalls, QIP, MS Windows operating systems, ITSM tools;
  • Have a good understanding of IT security:concepts, technology and best practices;
  • Have a good understanding of IT networking:WAN/LAN concepts, technology and troubleshooting
  • Knowledge of ITIL , certification a plus;
  • Strong service ethic – responsive and courteous when handling user calls;
  • Problem Solving aptitude-knowledge of, or proven abilityof linear fault-finding, diagnosis and resolution methodology;
  • PC literacy: MS Office Products, Lotus Notes;
  • Familiarity with operational environments;
  • Team-player, able to interface with technical and management personnel.


Note: This is a 24/7 position - candidates must be able to work rotating shifts.



Background information



Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.


Travel frequency: Few European missions during service duration




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 by online (including CV and cover letter) not later than 17th January 2018 to:


Liliane Bromberg Carvalho (

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