Materials and Processes Evaluation 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 looking for an experienced Materials and Processes Evaluation Engineer to work on close collaboration with the Laboratory Technical Administrator. Temporary position for 6 months.

  • In collaboration and support of the Metallic and Non-Metallic Materials and Processes Engineer, assess customers needs in relation to laboratory/analysis activities;
  • Propose/realize test methods/setups to satisfy the customer needs;
  • Design and perform non-standard tests to meet special space Projects requirements as well as develop in-situ analysis techniques;
  • Perform all measurements and analyses on metallic as well as non-metallic materials (including all cleanliness and contamination control related activities as well as PCBs and electronic assembly) on a variety of destructive and non-destructive test equipment/tools. This includes also the issuing of dedicated testing procedures and documentation development as well as inclusion of test requests and test results in the relevant Quality Management Systems and databases;
  • To set up and operate equipment/analysis tools devoted to the assessment of space environmental effects. This includes assessment by simulating the space environment (vacuum, radiation, ATOX, contamination, thermal .) as well as pre/post characterisation by analytical techniques (thermal analysis, chemical analysis, physical and microscopic analysis, surface analysis, spectroscopic analysis, NDI techniques etc.);
  • Use a variety of laboratory tools, including acoustic microscopy, optical microscopy, scanning microscopy, confocal microscopy, XRD, X-Ray imaging, NDI etc., XPS, surface tension, Auger Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, IST Testing;
  • Perform mechanical and thermo-mechanical testing (including static, fatigue, fatigue crack propagation, Nano indentation, Nano scratch, low speed impact, hardness testing), also using contact and contact less in-situ strain measurement systems (strain gauges/ARAMIS);
  • Perform all corrosion characterisation testing, including but not limited to stress-corrosion, galvanic, red-plague, general corrosion, humidity/salt fog testing, etc.;
  • Perform all thermal analysis on materials (including thermo-gravimetric, differential scanning calorimetry, thermo-mechanical as well as dynamic mechanical analysis, dielectric analysis, CTE determination, thermal diffusivity/conductivity analysis as well as coupled and advanced thermal modelling techniques for physic-chemical analysis;
  • Support RD activities with focus on metallic and non-metallic materials advanced evaluation/characterisation/verification methods covering the needs of future space missions;
  • Support the laboratory equipment procurement definition and implementation;
  • Perform all verification activities on Printed Circuit Boards and electronics assemblies;
  • Record sample properties or condition during and after test, accurately and legibly;
  • Review and issue relevant test reports for all performed test activities;
  • Check on test equipment performance and reporting any anomalies or faults;
  • Improve test procedures and ensuring that these are executed correctly;
  • Maintain of the relevant test equipment, ensuring that the equipment under his/her responsibility is kept in an operational state and all necessary routine calibration and maintenance activities are performed.
Ideal Candidate: 
  • Masters degree or equivalent qualification in materials engineering and science, materials physics/metallurgy and/or non-metallic materials or another related field, as well as several years industrial experience preferably covering aerospace hardware and RD;
  • Strong materials laboratory hands-on experience related to metallic as well as non-metallic materials, manufacturing and applied processes characterisation/verification and failure investigation;
  • a strong background on space simulation facilities is an asset.;
  • Knowledge of ISO 17025 related testing activities and ability to carry out testing and analysis in an ISO 17025 or other Quality Management System applicable standards. This includes procedure and documentation development;
  • Familiarity with data acquisition systems and software (e. g. LABVIEW);
  • Ability to issue clear and concise materials testing reports;
  • Familiarity with ESA Materials and processes related requirements;
  • Understanding of space missions related requirements and capability to propose verification methods including testing, analysis, inspections;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work effectively, autonomously and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment, defining and implementing solutions in line with team and individual objectives, as well as project deadlines.
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