Flight Software Systems Engineer - ESA-ESTEC - Noordwijk, NL

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Within the Flight Software Systems Section, support is provided to the Earth Observation projects (EOP) of the current and future ESA earth observation missions, e.g Sentinel1, Sentinel2, Sentinel3, EarthCare, MTG. Support is also provided to Science missions such as BepiColombo, Solar Orbiter, and JUICE. This support includes monitoring and supporting the implementation, verification and validation of Flight Software.




The contractor will be assigned to the Flight Software Systems Section of the Software Systems Division and shall function as an integrated team member of the development team, in charge of the following (initial) tasks:

  • General Support to Software Validation Facilities and Avionics Test Bench infrastructure activities.
  • Emulators characterisation.
  • Interface adaptations between SVF and Test Bench models.
  • Adaptation and upgrade ATB EagleEye mission to Time and Space Partitions (TSP) and multicore configurations.
  • Integration of TSP based system execution environment.
  • Supporting integration of Multicore based system execution environment.
  • Support dedicated projects SVF infrastructure development including processor simulator.
Ideal Candidate: 


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in Electronic Engineering, Space Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related discipline.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience in Software Engineering for Space Systems.
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken; knowledge of another official ESA language is and asset.
  • Software engineering and object-oriented programming.
  • Programming languages: C/C++ and/or others.
  • Embedded Real Time Systems and Real Time Kernels.
  • Unix based systems.
  • Micro-processors such as SPARC LEON, ARM, multicore’s etc.
  • Communication protocols (Mil-1553, SpaceWire, CAN).
  • Software Engineering Standards such as the ECSS-E-ST-40C.
  • Knowledge of Space Systems and Space System Engineering will be an asset.
  • Ability to function as part of an international and interdisciplinary team.
  • Because of the operational nature of the support, a proactive and flexible attitude will be required.
  • Experience with operational software development will be an advantage.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU


Please send us your CV (in English) before the 2nd of April 2015 to jobs@sapienzaconsulting.com 

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