Microelectronics Engineer

Updated: about 1 month ago

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  


Microelectronics Engineer in the Microelectronics Section, Data Systems, Microelectronics and Components Technology Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Microelectronics Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research and development (R&D) in the field of VLSI integrated circuits (ASICs, ASSPs, FPGAs, microprocessors and microcontrollers).


You will report to the Head of Section and, within the technical fields described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of microelectronics wireline and wireless interfaces, converters, FPGAs, microprocessors and IP cores, throughout all project phases;
  • participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals;
  • identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
  • contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
  • defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs;
  • fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures;
  • carrying out laboratory activities as required;
  • monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise;
  • contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.

Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.

Technical competencies

General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position

Experience in the development and verification of space hardware

Experience with the design, development and application of relevant tools and methods

Project support experience in a relevant domain

Hands-on laboratory experience

Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (Statements of Work, proposal evaluation, etc.)

Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews

Behavioural competencies

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


A master’s or higher in electronic engineering or physics is required for this post. 

Additional requirements

You should have at least five years of experience in end-to-end design, system integration and testing of FPGAs and ASICs as well as reusable IP cores. In particular, competencies in the following domains are required:

  • Digital FPGA and/or ASIC design, simulation, synthesis, layout and tools
  • Design methodology and tools for reusable IP cores
  • Integrated circuit functional, electrical and environmental testing 

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in two or more of the following microelectronics areas related to the position:

  • RISC-V and SPARC processor instruction set architectures (ISA) and their extensions 
  • Artificial intelligence, GNSS and/or image/video processor architectures
  • MIL-STD-1553, CAN, SpaceWire, SpaceFibre, JESD204 and Ethernet interfaces
  • Digital signal processing for communication, GNSS, image and video compression
  • System level modelling with MATLAB, SystemC and/or SystemVerilog
  • High-level synthesis
  • Hardware-software Co-design
  • Hardware description language coding rules and linting tools
  • Programming in C, C++ and Python 

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.

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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