Avis de recrutement : Agence Spatiale Européenne (ESA) recrute un(e) Ingénieur(e) de mission et de système ERO au Pays-Bas.








ERO Mission and System Engineer in the ERO (Earth Return Orbiter) Team, Development Projects 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.

ERO is one of three flight elements of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign, conducted in collaboration with NASA. ERO is an ESA-led element for which the payload is provided by NASA.

Reporting directly to the ERO System Team Leader, you, if selected for the position, will be responsible for monitoring all mission and system aspects of the ERO mission as well as system aspects concerning planetary protection.


These notably include:

  • establishing and maintaining the ERO system budgets and system performance, ensuring compliance with mission-level Mars Sample Return campaign requirements;
  • coordinating mission analysis activities with ESOC and NASA to ensure consistency in the definition and planning of all mission analysis-related aspects, supporting the generation of mission operations requirements;
  • coordinating system-related planetary protection analyses, including managing industry and ESA efforts in probabilistic risk assessment and functional analysis;
  • interfacing with NASA planetary protection engineers and the ESA Planetary Protection Officer;
  • coordinating maintenance of the ERO requirements DOORS database, ensuring seamless coordination of requirements management between industry, ESA and NASA;
  • interfacing with Arianespace and SpaceX launcher interface activities and coordinating internally relevant activities;
  • supporting functional verification of the spacecraft;
  • actively contributing to the change management process and providing added value to the Request for Deviation/Waiver, Change Request and Change Note processes;
  • supporting NASA reviews where your experience and technical knowledge can be brought to bear, managing the provision of any required expert support from TEC for this purpose;
  • technically supporting other project disciplines, including definition of subsystems, requirements verification and project control, as appropriate, to maximise the benefits within the project;
  • on request, participating in other Development Project Group tasks where your experience can be brought to bear.
  • liaising regularly with the parent Division for general technical knowledge-sharing, contributions and lessons learned on matters of significance to the Division.

You, as ERO Mission and System Engineer, will also be responsible for coordinating TEC engineering support by:

  • defining and communicating clear tasks and objectives for the analysis and technical activities of the overall spacecraft mission and systems;
  • promoting an effective work environment by encouraging cooperation and collaboration within the team and with the various project interfaces.

Technical competencies

Multidisciplinary knowledge of area of responsibility;
Knowledge of industrial costs and schedule aspects;
Knowledge of other technical domains with interfaces to own area of responsibility;
Space system development and PA standards;
Complex project risk management processes;
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 engineering is required.

Additional requirements :

  • Excellent communicator;
  • Knowledge of planetary protection requirements and engineering would be an asset;
  • Experience in mission analysis for interplanetary missions would be an asset.

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