Minimize Optical Performance Engineer

Date added: 01 November 2018

Organisation: Aurora Technology

Location: Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Application deadline: 23 November 2018


Aurora has an opportunity to expand their support to the European Space Agency in the domain of EOP – Earth Observation. The Contractor shall support the Space Segment Performance Engineering activities within this domain.

Your responsibilities:

  • The development, implementation and validation of (complex) performance models of optical space-borne instruments, in particular passive (spectrometers) instruments, dedicated to atmospheric missions
  • The assessment of the instruments system performance as well as sub-systems contributing to the instruments performances
  • The contribution to meetings within ESA, industry and potentially with users

The Contractor will report to the Instrument Manager. They will liaise with various members of the project team, being responsible for the various instrument subsystems and disciplines, e.g. optics, focal plane assembly, calibration.

With regard to the mission performance assessment, it is expected that the incumbent also liaises with the science support team, where adequate, to support both the mission related scientific studies and the instrument design evolution.


The profile for the personnel to provide services considered in this Statement of Work is a research-and-development oriented engineer with the following skills:

  • University degree (MSc.) or equivalent qualification in Physics or Engineering with background in Optical Engineering.
  • Good familiarity with computer programs such as Excel, MathCAD and MATLAB and/or Python.
  • Good familiarity with optical design and performance assessment software like Zemax, ASAP, FRED, with specific emphasis on straylight simulation aspects.
  • Good communication skills.
  • General knowledge of ESA Earth Observation missions.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the outside world.
  • Proficient in the English language (spoken and written); knowledge of other languages is an asset.

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