LEO Spacecraft Operations Engineer (m/f)



LEO Spacecraft Operations Engineer (m/f)

Required Start Date

As soon as possible



Submission Deadline

3rd April 2017


EUMETSAT - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


LSE Space is looking for 2 experienced Engineers (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty of: 

Spacecraft Operations Engineer (Jason-CS)  


for our customer EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be: 

 Provision of consultancy to the routine operations of the existing operational satellites Metop A, - B:  

  • Provision of operational expertise to platform subsystems and/or payload instruments and/or on-board software management, satellite simulator and ground segment operations interfaces;
  • 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 of additional automated analysis and checks where necessary;
  • Investigations into satellite anomalies. This may require a close co-operation with the Operations Support Entity (in ESA and Industry);
  • Support the coordination of partner agency interactions for relevant subsystems/instruments;
  • 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 the definition and eventual execution of Metop-A in-orbit technology testing and end-of-life operations.


Provision of consultancy to the operations preparation and early operations of the recurrent Metop-C satellite:  

  • Update, verify and validate the subsystem or instrument procedures and associated operational documentation for Metop-C, including support to Satellite System Validation Tests and other Ground Segment Validation Testing;
  • Participate in Metop-C Satellite In-Orbit Verification Testing.


Provision of consultancy to the satellite operations preparation of the new generation missions - Metop Second Generation and Jason-CS/ Sentinel-6:  

  • Provide inputs and / or review the definition of system and satellite operational concepts;
  • Provide consultancy to satellite design reviews and operability discussions;
  • Provide consultancy to satellite control ground segment reviews and operability discussions;
  • Review space to ground interface specifications and flight operations manuals;
  • Support the definition of tools and processes required to prepare for and operate the satellites;
  • Develop and test the database, procedures and operations guides;
  • Prepare for and execute Satellite System Validation Tests for assigned subsystems and instruments.


Develop training material for routine operations control personnel.


Academic Requirements

A University degree in a relevant discipline is required.

Specific Requirements


The candidate needs to show proven experience in the following fields:

  • 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.


Additional skills and experience would be a plus: 

  • 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, satellite database configuration and simulator facilities;
  • The procedure development tool MOIS and the procedure execution language STOL;
  • The mission control systems EPOCH or SCOS;
  • Experience as a simulations officer and with simulator configuration and maintenance;
  • Specification of system and operational concepts, facility requirements;
  • Familiarity with On-Board Control Procedure and On-Board Position Scheduler concepts;
  • Familiarity with the ECSS Packet Utilisation Standard, customisation and usage;
  • Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures;
  • Programming skills – in particular Python is used to support automated routine telemetry analysis. 

Perfect command of English, verbal and written. Knowledge of French would be an asset.


Background information


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 by online (including CV and cover letter) not later than 3rd April 2017 to:

Andrée Scherschel (

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