Systems and CDF Engineer - ESTEC, Ref no: 19-71153

Noordwijk ZH

For our customer, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are seeking an experienced Systems/Concurrent Engineering Engineer to work at ESA’s ESTEC site in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.



You will be assigned to ESA/ESTEC’s Systems and Concurrent Engineering section within the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management (D/TEC).


You shall perform the following tasks supporting the use of ESTEC’s Concurrent Design Facility (CDF):

  • Support the organisation and execution of concurrent engineering studies in co-operation with D/TEC technical specialists (space domains), ESA project teams, and space industry.
  • Actively participate in CDF studies (e.g. pre-phase A assessment) and activities covering the position of Systems Engineer, thus coordinating design and architecture sessions with specialists of other engineering disciplines.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the CDF infrastructure to support internal studies, including formalisation of design models, i/o parameter definition, visualisation / presentation.
  • Support the total CDF infrastructure and overall integrated modelling to ensure the functionality and performance of the CDF, including the development of concurrent engineering tools, mathematical and design models and methods in support of Systems Engineering and application to all phases of the project life-cycle.
  • Promote the use of the CDF to support ESA programmes, space industry and external customers.
  • Provide System Engineering functional support to ESA projects, which encompasses: interface with the project team directly or via the Section’s  project support engineer, interface – if requested – with the industrial team, participation in progress meetings and reviews, as requested by project work, and providing appropriate feedback about achieved progress and results.
  • Provide support to the Directorate’s activities as requested within the field of competence.


In the fulfilment of his/her duties the candidate will be supported by specialists and will work in close co-operation with D/TEC engineers, ESA trainees and external experts.


This is a full-time position located at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


The requested start of work is January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The successful candidate shall have:

  • A university degree (Master's) or equivalent qualification in Space Systems Engineering or similar.

A background, with at least 4 years’ experience, in systems engineering for space missions including:

  • Relevant practical knowledge and experience in mission design, feasibility studies and the related informatics tools.
  • Concurrent Engineering methodology and tools.
  • Multidisciplinary feasibility studies.
  • Space mission analysis and conceptual design,
  • System engineering modelling capabilities.


  • Knowledge and practice in the application of ESA System Engineering Standards (e.g. ECSS-E-10 series) and S/W engineering.

Soft skills:

  • In order to execute the above tasks, the Systems and CDF Engineer shall have good organisational skills, sound judgement, resourcefulness, team spirit, good communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


About the company:


The high-tech and innovative Terma Group develops products and systems for defence, non-defence and security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for aircraft and vessels, space technology, and aero-structures for the aircraft industry.


Terma is headquartered at Aarhus, Denmark. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore and the U.S.


The Space Business Area contributes with mission-customized software and hardware products including power systems and star trackers as well as services to support a number of in-orbit pioneering European scientific and Earth observation satellite missions. Additionally, Terma is contracted for the development and delivery of software and hardware systems and services for numerous ongoing and future European, and international missions.


Terma Space operates out of Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Germany, the UK and France.