Lunar Gateway Human System Integration Engineer

Updated: 2 months ago

Vacancy in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

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.

This is a non-renewable post for a limited duration of 4 years and is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale .

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands 


Lunar Gateway Human System Integration Engineer in the I-HAB Baseline, Verification and AIT Team, Lunar Exploration Group, Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes, assigned as integrated support from the Systems Engineering Division, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Lunar Gateway Human System Integration Engineer will contribute to the development of the hardware, software and functional design of the ESA Gateway modules (I-HAB and ESPRIT), ensuring that human factor aspects and interface requirements are part of each equipment/sub-system/system design, including the crew systems.

The objectives of this post are to:

•    ensure the implementation of anthropometry, human system integration (HSI) and crew system requirements in the ESA Gateway modules’ design baseline, which is traceable throughout all levels and design stages;

•    coordinate the hardware, software and functional implementation of HSI requirements across and within all subsystem designs, resulting in safe and effective crew activities, as well as enabling the flawless integration of crew systems into the modules’ architecture;

•    establish the I-HAB and ERM HSI design, development and integration, verification and validation planning for the ESA Gateway modules and coordinate its implementation. This applies to nominal, contingency and maintenance crew activities inside I-HAB and ERM;

•    ensure industry’s implementation of the agreed planning and closeout requirements;

•    support the Gateway team for aspects related to the sparing and logistics of the ESA Gateway modules, as well as the related inventory management complementing the NASA Gateway logistics programme.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • acting as a focal point vis-à-vis industry and partners (mainly NASA and JAXA) for:
    • HSI aspects and related activities as per Gateway requirements GP10017;
    • crew system design and interfaces with the ESA Gateway module design;
    • Gateway Working Groups and Boards for human factor, human system integration and crew systems requirements and related aspects;
    • intra- and extravehicular crew interfaces and related mobility aids;
    • logistics and maintainability aspects of the ESA Gateway modules, physical mock-ups and GSE.
  • conducting and supporting design and technical trade-offs among system engineering domains, taking due consideration of:
    • human factors engineering;
    • integrated system analysis;
    • Gateway human system integration requirements;
    • concepts of operations;
    • maintainability, including on-orbit replaceability;
    • system safety design;
    • health hazards;
    • habitability.
  • overseeing and validating the human interface design development and its implementation in the ESA Gateway module design, including functional, informational, environmental, cognitive and physical interfaces across all subsystems;
  • coordinating the planning and implementation of ESA Gateway module task analysis, worksite analysis and the definition of human-in-the-loop (HITL) test cases;
  • overseeing the design, production and setup of ESA Gateway module physical mock-ups for the development phase;
  • conducting maintainability assessments, identifying and resolving the related design implications, and overseeing implementation and validation in the ESA Gateway module design;
  • overseeing the industrial preparation and delivery to the NASA Gateway of the Gateway logistics support database (LSAR), including JAXA ECLSS and other CFIs;
  • supporting the definition of the ESA Gateway modules’ commissioning and outfitting plan in liaison with the Gateway operations, system engineering and PA&S teams;

In performing the above tasks, you will be supported by other ESA Gateway team members, the ESA HRE crew office and the Gateway operations team.

In addition to your main duties listed above, you will:

  • support the maintenance of the risk register and schedule baselines to support trend analysis aiming to decrease programme risks and long-term costs;
  • support the compilation of lessons learned and the identification of synergies in the development of the ESA Gateway modules;
  • support the Engineering Control Board (ECB), the Joint Engineering Control Board (JECB), the Change Control Board (CCB), the I-HAB and ERM Control Board, MRBs, TRR/PTRs and other meetings as per the authority delegated by the Baseline, Verification and AIV Team Leader;
  • support Prime Contractor Contract Change Notice evaluation and negotiation, in support of the Project Manager, according to the task areas identified above;
  • support the configuration manager in the RFD/RFW processing;
  • support the system engineering team in the:
    • review of industrial specifications and ICDs;
    • project system- and subsystem-level reviews (such as PDRs, CDRs and QRs).
  • support the PA&S team in the:
    • root-cause and extent analyses and contribute to the definition of action plans.

You will also participate in periodic meetings with the parent Division, contributing to the transfer of technical knowledge and lessons learned across the Agency.

Technical competencies

Minimum of ten years of experience in human spaceflight, particularly in the development and implementation of human system integration and maintainability aspects, including the related verification, validation and logistics activities

Familiarity with human spaceflight crew activities and processes

Familiarity with ESA space systems development, integration, verification and validation processes, as well as the related tools and standards, preferably in the context of human spaceflight

Experience of logistics/maintenance definition and implementation for human spaceflight project(s) with multiple international partner agencies (such as NASA, CSA and JAXA)

Behavioural competencies

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


A master's degree is required for this post.

Additional requirements

A sound understanding of the specific issues governing human spaceflight projects, and several years of design, verification and validation experience in a project environment.

Knowledge and experience with launch campaigns and on-orbit commissioning preparation activities would be an asset.

In addition, you should have:

•    the ability to organise your activities and ensure a motivating work environment.
•    strong result orientation with the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions both orally and in writing.
•    the ability to manage challenging situations proactively and constructively and to be customer focused.
•    strong problem-solving skills to deal with day-to-day operational challenges, together with demonstrated planning and organisational skills.
•    the ability to proactively engage and coordinate a diverse range of internal experts and to work with international partners and industry while taking due consideration of the programmatic constraints of the ESA Gateway modules.
•    excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to present complex issues (technical, managerial or programmatic) clearly and factually.

International experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in a range of functional areas relevant to ESA's activities would be an asset for this position.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to theESA 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.     

Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations.  

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 at .


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, Slovakia 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 Member States *.

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. 

In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States. ​

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