ESOC - Flight Dynamics Engineer

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Contract duration: Permanent Contract

Location: ESOC, Darmstadt, DE

In preparation of our activities in 2015 and 2016, Sapienza is looking to recruit an experienced Flight Dynamics Engineer to support current and future earth observation and interplanetary missions from ESA-ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany.  


·         Orbit and attitude manoeuvre preparation, manoeuvre performance analysis, orbit determination and propagation, trajectory optimization, product generation, software test and validation, support for simulation campaigns and critical operations.

·         Attitude command files generation, actuator and sensor calibration, attitude determination.

·         Conceptual design studies for the operational flight dynamics system, operations preparation and planning.

·         Flight dynamics software maintenance: Adaptation of algorithms to new and exotic space environments, adaptation to new interfaces and functional requirements, migration to new hardware and/or operating systems. 

Ideal Candidate: 

·         University degree or equivalent degree in a relevant field;

·         A minimum of 4 years relevant work experience with knowledge of space flight dynamics and spacecraft attitude determination and control subsystems;

·         Experience devising and realising mathematical algorithms to satisfy demanding scientific applications, ideally using Fortran, C++, Matlab and Mathematica;

·         User level experience with the UNIX operating system, with some experience in scripting with Unix tools;

·         Fluent in English; knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset;

·         Good communication skills;

·         Ability to perform calmly and effectively under pressure;

·         Exceptional and rapid physical insight, combined with a practical and rigorous approach to problem solving.

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