Future Payload/Instrument Engineer

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The European Space Agency is ATGs biggest client. They are an international organisation with 22 member states with sites in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, UK and Belgium. ESA is Europes gateway to Space!

For one of our main customers ESA/ESTEC, we are currently looking for Future Payload/Instrument Engineer, giving support to the future Missions Office and Prodex Office, onsite at ESTEC. Within the SCI-F Future Missions Department, the PRODEX Office is the Agency structure in charge of implementing the PRODEX Programme. The PRODEX Office implements experiments and instruments prepared at national level, selected and/or endorsed by ESA in accordance with its own rules and procedures, for ESA missions or for National missions. The PRODEX Office coordinates the experiment development and implementation, awards industrial contracts and implements, manages and monitors the corresponding industrial developments.

  • Design of analogue and digital electronics in support of various payload instrument validation activities with a particular emphasis on detector read-out electronics;
  • Manufacturing and test of electronic circuits,Supporting electronic system, components and electro-optical sensor characterisations in the sections laboratories;
  • Development of firmware and instrument control and readout software;
  • Supporting the development and maintenance of the technical infrastructure needed to validate payload technologies;
  • Evaluation of proposals in response to calls for missions, participation in reviews, payload expertise in support of system studies.
Ideal Candidate: 
  • Academic qualification in electronics engineering complemented by several years of hands-on project or industrial experience in the design, engineering, performance analysis and testing of electronic circuits, preferably in the space domainIn particular, expertise in low-noise analogue, high-speed digital techniques and mixed-signal circuits is mandatory;
  • Hands-on experience with such electronic designs and relevant CAD and simulation tools is required;
  • Good knowledge of sensor technologies covering wavelengths ranging from IR to gamma-rays, electro-optical characterisation, cryogenics, and / or the design considerations for space-based payloads would be an asset;
  • Creative and have very good problem-solving skills;
  • Support will be provided in a small team, hence the candidate should also be flexible and able to multi-task;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and cooperate with a wide range of staff internally and externally.
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