Non-Metallic Materials and Processes Engineer

  • Reference NL-HP-3832
  • Location Noordwijk , The Netherlands
  • Closing date 29 June 2018
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HE Space is a successful international space company. For over 35 years, we have been supporting our customers with qualified experts in the field of engineering, science and administration. We are currently looking for a Non-Metallic Materials and Processes Engineer to support our customer in the Netherlands.

Non-Metallic Materials and Processes Engineer


Key Tasks and Responsibilities        


As part of the Materials & Processes Section of ESTEC, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Processing/production, testing, and performance evaluation of carbon-fibre reinforced composites;
  • Processing (e.g. joining, surface treatments), testing, and performance evaluation of metallic materials (e.g. Al-alloys, Ti-alloys);
  • Processing of polymeric materials and their joining technologies; Act  as  Project  Focal  Point  with  a  non-metallic  materials  and  processes  expert  role  for  defined ESA projects, reporting to the Projects Engineering as well as Product Assurance and Safety Managers, including participation to Projects meetings, reviews and audits;
  • Support  Materials  and  Processes  reviews,  Materials  and  Processes  Control  Boards  (MPCB’s) and participate as Engineering and/or PA Board Member in ESA Programme reviews milestones (including PRRs, SRRs, PDRs, CDRs, QARs, FRRs, etc.);
  • Review Declared Materials, Parts and Processes Lists (DMLs, DPLs, and DMPLs) as well as RFAs, RFDs/RFWs, ECPs, etc.;
  • Perform  laboratory  characterisation  and  verification  for  space  use  on  spacecraft  and  launchers  of  a  variety  of  non-metallic  materials  (including  but  not  limited  to  ceramics,  glasses,  polymers,  adhesives,  coatings,  composites  and  thermoplastics)  as  well  as  all  associated manufacturing processes;
  • Analyse  the  behaviour  and  perform  failure  investigation  of  non-metallic  materials  and  their associated manufacturing processes using a variety of laboratory equipment, among others NDI, physic-chemical laboratory simulation, testing and analysis, thermal analysis, chemical  analysis,  physical  and  microscopic  analysis,  surface  analysis,  spectroscopic  analysis, etc.

Skills & Experience

You will have the following qualifications and relevant experience:

  • PhD or Master degree in materials sciences or mechanical engineering;
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in materials and processes engineering;
  • Good knowledge about general materials test methodologies and especially experience in mechanical testing and fatigue life assessment;
  • Experience in defining and executing test plans for materials qualification and process validation;
  • Capability to take decisions for selection of materials and processes for space applications;
  • Fluency in English is mandatory; knowledge of another European language is an advantage.

This job is located in Noordwijk. We welcome applicants who are available from August 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

If you think you have what it takes for this job, please send us your CV together with a letter of motivation (both in English and in Word) to Mr Leandros Foteinias at, quoting job NL-HP-3832 before 29-Jun-18.

An exciting and dynamic international working environment awaits you!

More information

Leandros Foteinias
Leandros Foteinias
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  • + 31 71 341 7513
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