Spacecraft Operations Engineer (Jason-CS) (m/f)



Spacecraft Operations Engineer (Jason-CS)

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: 

  To provide consultancy to the Operations and Services to Users Department and the LEO Spacecraft Operations Team, focusing on the operations preparation and transition to operations of Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 satellites, but including some cross-interactions with other LEO missions where appropriate. The consultancy will encompass responsibility for preparations and operations of specific in-orbit subsystems and/or instruments. Furthermore, this may also include consultancy to the on-board software management, simulator configuration, or other activities required for the safe and efficient operation of the satellites. The Contractor shall establish effective working interfaces via its key person with the satellite operations activities of other operations engineers and analysts, and external teams responsible for mission control, mission planning, flight dynamics and ground stations.


Provide consultancy to the satellite operations preparation and eventual transition into operations of Jason-CS / Sentinel-6:


  • Provide inputs and / or review the definition of system and satellite operational concepts;
  • Support satellite design reviews and operability discussions.
  • Support 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;
  • Support interactions with other LEO satellite operations preparation / operations activities in order to help ensure consistent and effective approaches to the satellite operations.

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;
  • In-orbit operations of Low Earth Orbit Earth Observation satellites;


Additional skills and experience would be a plus:


  • 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 MOIS procedure development tool;
  • The SCOS mission control system;
  • 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;
  • Any 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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