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Payload Optical Engineer

  • Reference NL-HP-5136
  • Location Noordwijk, The Netherlands
  • Closing date 19 September 2023

Key Tasks and Responsibilities              

As part of the Mission & Optical Payload Section department, you will have the following responsibilities:


  • Supporting the Earth Explorer Missions Programme in Earth Observation Project Department, in particular EarthCARE, Harmony and potentially other project (e.g Scout Project);
  • Support work to be undertaken during the development phase of a project namely Phase B2/C/D/E1. The work should be executed by a suitably qualified on-site contractor;
  • Provide support for the review of proposed Optical Instrument design and verification activities at unit, instrument and system level making corrective inputs as required, ensure compliance with Instrument requirements;
  • Provide support for the review of proposed in-flight and on-ground calibration and characterization activities making corrective inputs as required
  • Provide support for the review of the Instrument specific elements of Ground Support Equipment design and implementation;
  • Participating to test preparation and execution reviews, witnessing of qualification & acceptance tests and technical assessment of test results with participation to NRB’s in case of anomalies;
  • Provide support for the instruments delivery, operations, integration and test at satellite level;
  • Support for the preparation and execution of instrument commissioning;
  • Case by case support to other spacecraft verification areas as required;
  • The tasks are applicable to all EarthCARE Optical Instruments (ATLID, MSI, and BBR) and to Harmony Thermal InfraRed Instrument.

Skills & Experience

You will have the following qualifications and relevant experience:

  • University degree (Masters/PhD) in Engineering;
  • At least 4 years of space projects experience relevant to the Task Description, in particular in Optical instrument design and verification, electronics, instrument control and operations;
  • Familiarity with instrument testing and instrument GSE specification and design;
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule;
  • Good communication skills also regarding written reporting;
  • Proficient in the English language (spoken and written). Fluency in English is mandatory; knowledge of another European language is an advantage.

This job is located in Noordwijk.

If you think you have what it takes for this job, please send your CV (in English and in Word or PDF) to Andrés Izquierdo, by clicking on the button “Apply for this job” quoting job NL-HP-5136.

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Payload Optical Engineer


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