Technology Engineer

Updated: 22 days ago

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  


As a member of the Technology Preparation Section in the Future Missions Department in the Directorate of Science, you will report directly to the Head of Section.

The Future Missions Department (SCI-F) oversees mission preparation activities and Small Missions for the Directorate of Science. This includes predevelopment efforts to ensure the readiness of the mission candidates at adoption, parallel and closely correlated to the respective system studies. The Science Technology Programme Coordinator in the Technology Preparation Section (SCI-FT) is responsible for the planning and coordination of the implementation of the necessary predevelopments, and the associated monitoring and reporting.


You will be the focal point for the planning and coordination of predevelopments for future Science missions.

Duties are focused (but not limited) to the preparation of development plans and the monitoring of the implementation of the respective activities and the evolution of the required tools.

Your tasks will specifically include: 

  • collaborating across ESA and with external entities to plan the implementation of technology development activities for future Science missions;
  • preparing the Technology Development Plans following ESA end-to-end technology management processes and producing formal/official documents;
  • monitoring the status of the development plans, organising quarterly implementation reviews and producing the respective reports;
  • managing processes and tools for monitoring technology development activities and preparing reports for internal and external stakeholders;
  • providing technical support for developing technologies needed for future Science missions (as a Technical Officer) and for overseeing activities such as preparing statements of work and the definition and follow-up of technical requirements;
  • supporting Technology Readiness Assessments for future science missions and advanced studies related to advanced technologies;
  • participating in technical reviews and working groups.

Technical competencies

Experience with predevelopments of space mission enabling technologies

Experience with ESA end-to-end Technology Management processes and production of formal/official documents

Experience with technological readiness assessments

Management of industrial activities, including reviews

Experience with implementation monitoring and reporting

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking


A master's degree in engineering or applied physics is required for this post.

Additional requirements

You should also have:

  • knowledge of instrumentation and space systems;
  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to be able to present complex technical issues clearly and convincingly;
  • proactive engagement and coordination with a diverse range of internal technical experts and the ability to work effectively with external partners from scientific institutes/industry, while considering programmatic constraints;
  • ability to anticipate problems and propose solutions aligned with overall goals;
  • showing flexibility with day-to-day operational challenges, coupled with strong planning and organisational skills;
  • showing a high level of motivation and dedication, with a willingness to take ownership and act proactively.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness 
ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

At the Agency we value diversity, and we welcome people with disabilities.  Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace.  The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us via email at [email protected] .

Important Information and Disclaimer
Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.

Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations & security clearance by their national security administrations.

During the recruitment process, the Agency may request applicants to undergo selection tests. Additionally, successful candidates will need to undergo basic screening before appointment, which will be conducted by an external background screening service, in compliance with the European Space Agency's security procedures.

Note that ESA is in the process of transitioning to a Matrix setup, which could lead to organisational changes affecting this position.

The information published on ESA’s careers website regarding working conditions is correct at the time of publication. It is not intended to be exhaustive and may not address all questions you would have. 

Nationality and Languages 
Please note that applications can only be considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates.

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.  

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