HummingSat System Engineer

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 30 Sep 2022

Vacancy in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.

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

This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale .

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
With an initial resident assignment in SWISSto12, Renens, Switzerland.


HummingSat System Engineer in the HummingSat Project, within the Partnership & Opportunity Satellite Programme,in the Telecom Satellite Programmes Department within Telecom and Integrated Applications Department

HummingSat is a new product line for geostationary satellites with 500-700 kg mass at launch developed by a European consortium in an ESA Partnership Project.
You will be responsible for the satellite system development and European and Canadian procurements related to the HummingSat Partnership Project. This shall include the design and development, the PFM manufacturing, integration, testing and in orbit validation of the Satellite. For the performance of your tasks you will coordinate closely with the industry led consortium.


You will report to the HummingSat Project Manager and your tasks and duties will include:

•    Evaluating and supporting trade-off assessments performed by industry in the process of defining the baseline system concept for the HummingSat Satellite;
•    Support the other architects in the definition, trade off and implementation of optimum subsystem and building block design solutions;
•    Building and maintenance of the system budgets;
•    Systematic involvement in the generation of equipment level requirement specifications and interface definitions;
•    Follow-up of the satellite mission and system analyses;
•    Handling of the external interfaces (launchers and launch sites interfaces, mission and payloads interfaces, space-to-ground interfaces including the TC&R architecture and the TMTC plan);
•    Overseeing the implementation of an FDIR strategy, operational concepts and corresponding products along with user requirements for the ground segment;
•    Supervision of design, development, manufacturing and test of all European sourced system modules and equipment;
•    Supporting the definition and performance of tests and verification programme at Satellite System, sub-system and equipment level;
•    Management of all HummingSat system and lower level reviews;
•    Ensuring optimisation and completeness of the applicable requirements, including their consistency with the satellite system specifications; Coordinate the tailoring and subsequent application of ECSS and industry standards;
•    Monitoring the schedule and risks of the relevant European procurements as well as the maintenance of up-to-date related technical budgets;
•    Contributing to regular reporting to ESA management on the satellite development;
•    Coordination of the specialised engineering support from the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management in the appropriate areas of competence.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of Telecom technical domains and related R&D space industry trends

Systems engineering

Satellite telecommunications market

Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification, and procurement processes

Behavioural competencies

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


A Master’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline is required.

Additional requirements

Direct experience of working with a commercial telecommunications industry and operator and/or a sound understanding of operating within the European Agency framework will be a distinct advantage.

Experience in Public Private Partnership projects would be an asset.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

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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.

 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 email .


Please note that applications are only 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 and Slovenia.

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented or balanced Member States*.
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In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service.

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.

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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