Materials’ Physics and Chemistry Engineer in the Materials’ Physics and Chemistry Section, Components and Materials’ Physics and Chemistry Evaluation and Standardisation Division, Product Assurance and Safety Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
The Materials’ Physics and Chemistry Section provides engineering support to all ESA projects and development programmes in the area of Materials’ Physics and Chemistry, associated processes and environmental effects.
It supports project specific activities in the selection, characterisation, verification, approval and application of metallic and non-metallic materials & processes for ESA programmes with a focus on materials’ physics and chemistry and environmental effects. Environmental effects covers the ground as well as the space environment.
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 area of Materials’ Physics and Chemistry throughout all project phases with a focus on environmental effects;
participating in project reviews and evaluations of procurement proposals, identifying critical development problems and assisting with their resolution via e.g. NRB’s;
contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for ESA technology programmes;
defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering long- and short-term needs;
Assessing existing and novel materials technologies in the area of materials’ physics and chemistry for future space applications, including advanced exploration missions. This includes analysing future mission requirements and preparing appropriate evaluation techniques;
Developing and implementing new laboratory test methods and materials analysis techniques and procedures in respect of space environmental effects;
contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.
Space and ground environmental effects on materials and processes
Materials characterisation techniques to reveal/assess changes in materials due to environmental effects
Materials engineering aspects for space missions
Materials & Processes PA/QA standards
Understanding of ESA space project review processes
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
Planning & Organisation
Innovation & Creativity
Applicants for this post should have a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in materials science & engineering, materials’ physics or chemistry, applied physics.
Understanding of how materials/associated processes are affected by the environment (ground/space) and how test methods are developed to characterise it are required.
Specific knowledge on the characterisation of electrical material properties including spacecraft charging behaviour as well as experience in hands-on experiments and lab characterisation instruments is preferred.
Familiarity with detailed materials reviews (MPCB’s), resolution of anomalies (NRB’s) and knowledge of environmental modelling software like SPENVIS is an asset.
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 08 February 2018.
If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.