Earth Observation Technology and Frequency Management Engineer
Earth Observation Technology and Frequency Management Engineer in the Future Missions and Instruments Division of the Future Systems Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.
Reporting to the Head of the Technology Coordination and Frequency Management Section, the postholder will in performing these tasks work in close cooperation with staff in the Future Systems, the Projects and the Mission Management & Ground Segment Departments, while liaising with the Directorate of Technology, Engineering & Quality and the Agencys Frequency Management Office.
Duties include responsibility for the following tasks related to EO technology:
identifying technology requirements for future EO missions and programmes,
monitoring and reporting the evolution of EO-relevant technologies including from new emerging applied sciences,
defining and managing technology development activities for the preparation of EO missions in coordination with other Directorate Divisions,
contributing to coordination of preparation of ESA R&D programmes at corporate and Directorate level for EO space and ground segment aspects,
initiating and performing internal studies to assess the results of industrial activities,
monitoring and reporting the evolution of EO-related technology activities in the technology programmes of ESA and its Member States.
The postholder will also support the Section in the following tasks:
analysing requirements and constraints of EO missions under preparation with respect to frequency allocation and interference, providing specific support to preparatory activities and to projects to an extent to be determined case-by-case,
monitoring the evolving frequency needs of future EO missions, including early concepts, and potential conflicts with competing areas,
participating as needed in the work of technical committees in the framework of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the European Conference of Postal & Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFGG), conducting studies to support the ESA position in these committees.
In performing these tasks, the postholder will have close contacts with representatives of industry and other space agencies.
Knowledge of ESA missions specific frequency management issues
Knowledge of ESA technology programmes and the organisation of R&D activities
Knowledge of scientific discipline, including strategic vision of the area of Earth Observation
Ability to conduct research autonomously
Applicants should have a Masters or equivalent university degree in an engineering discipline or in applied physics as a minimum, with relevant background and experience in space technology development.
Familiarity with remote-sensing systems is an asset, as is experience in frequency management and/or signal processing.
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 16 May 2018.
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