Thermal Engineer in the Thermal Control Section, Thermal Division, Mechanical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
The Thermal Control Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) in the thermal domain, including in particular two-phase heat transport, cryogenics, and thermal protection.
Reporting to the Head of Section and within the technical fields described above, the main tasks and responsibilities of the post holder will include:
providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of thermal control throughout all project phases; the post holder will be expected to contribute in particular the post holder will be expected to contribute to Agency spacecraft and instruments requiring the use of advanced two-phase heat transport systems;
participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals;
performing analysis as required to support the definition of the thermal subsystem;
participating in thermal testing activities and correlating analysis and test results;
identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs, in particular for two-phase heat transport systems;
fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures;
laboratory activities as required;
monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining a state-of-the-art expertise;
contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.
Duties may also include supporting other activities within the post holder’s field of competence.
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Project support experience in a relevant domain
Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (statements of work, proposal evaluation, etc)
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
Experience with Space Engineering Standards and their preparation and implementation
Innovation & Creativity
Planning & Organisation
A general knowledge of space thermal control analysis tools, e.g. ESATAN-TMS, is required. Experience with thermal control technologies and associated hardware, e.g. two-phase heat transport systems, is also required.
Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in thermal/mechanical engineering or physics is required.
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.
The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.
The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.
The closing date for applications is 31 January 2018.
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