Minimize Performance Simulation Engineer

Date added: 15 April 2019

Organisation: Aurora

Location: Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Application deadline: 10 May 2019


Aurora has an opportunity to expand their support to the European Space Agency in the Earth observation domain. The holder of this post will contribute to all aspects (project internal activities, monitoring/review of the relevant industrial activities, interaction with Mission Users and Scientists, interaction with EUMETSAT) relevant to the mission performance of the Sentinel-4 and -5 missions as well as support the Head of EOP-PEP in the definition and promotion of generic approach and processes relevant to E2E Mission Performance Chain in coordination with other Mission Performance Engineers. The post holder will report to both to the Sentinel-4 and -5 Ground Segment Engineer as well as to the Head of EOP-PEP Office for the horizontal tasks.

The principal tasks and responsibilities relevant to Sentinel-4 and -5 include:

  • Support the verification of mission and system level requirements in the areas of Mission observation and Data products
  • Support the procurement and acceptance of Sentinel-4 and -5 simulator, Ground Processor Prototype (GPP) and reference processors
  • Maintain mission performance tools to support the assessment of the relevant industrial development activities
  • Support the payload team for aspects relevant to instrument performance requirements flow-down and instrument performance verification
  • Follow up with industry the specification, procurement, verification/validation and acceptance activities for Simulator and GPP
  • Acquire working knowledge of tools for test data generation purposes and internal mission level verification activities
  • Verify, re-condition and generate any data at CCSDS level or higher needed to support these activities
  • Support the preparation, execution and analysis of the relevant in-flight cal/val operations during the commissioning phase
  • Interface with EUMETSAT Operational Ground Segment for Requirement definition and reviews of the Ground processor aspects
  • Support cross-verification activities with the operational ground segment against the Ground Processor Prototype and Reference Processors
  • Organise, draft the agenda and convene the meetings to achieve the objectives above

The principle tasks and responsibilities relevant to horizontal activity include:

  • Review and maintain the standards and documentation in MS Word, Powerpoint and HTML relevant to E2E Mission Performance activity developed within EOP
  • Support and/or develop cross platform sw tools (OSX, Windows, Unix) related to the implementation of these standards
  • Proactively interface with stakeholder within EOP to gather further requirements or evolution of process
  • Coordinate the development of internal repository and tools (e.g. redmine websites, sharepoint) to support cooperative working within EOP on these aspects

Specific qualification requirements

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

  • University degree (MSc.) or equivalent qualification in relevant physical science, software or engineering
  • Demonstrated background and experience in managing/following software developments in a space project environment
  • The candidate must possess solid analytical skills, a proactive and flexible attitude, together with the capability to critically analyse the work performed by industry in the relevant areas, quickly identify the problems and propose/instigate corrective actions
  • The candidate should also be able to organise and conduct meetings with different parties, assertively presenting results and facilitating convergence on technical aspects
  • The candidate shall demonstrate to be proficient with programming tools and languages relevant to the implementation and maintenance of the simulators and GPPs (e.g. C, C++, Java and Python) and at ease with modern build systems
  • Knowledge in managing and configuration of cooperative environment (redmine, confluence, jira, etc) and in manipulating CCSDS data is an asset
  • 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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