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AWS (Arctic Weather Satellite) Ground Segment Engineer Gold
Vitrociset Belgium Noordwijk-Binnen, Netherlands 174 Days Ago
Job Category: Ground Segment
Sub Category:
Job Type: Full-Time
Post/Zip Code:
Posted: 23-11-2020
Minimum Education: Master’s Degree
Degree Title: Engineering field or related subject
Minimum Experience: 3 Year
Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Job Status
Job Status: Sourcing
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 23-11-2020
Stop Publishing: 30-06-2021
Noordwijk-Binnen, Netherlands

Vitrociset Belgium is an international company which specializes in the space industry for over 30 years.

The European Space Agency is our biggest client and we provide highly qualified employees to many sites of ESA mainly in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, and the UK.

Your career is very important to us, therefore, we provide a permanent contract with great benefits, good salary, relocation package and genuine support to our employees.

Currently, we are looking for a highly skilled AWS (Arctic Weather Satellite) Ground Segment Engineer who will work for ESTEC, in the Netherlands.


In the System Support Division, the postholder will report functionally to the AWS Project Manager, and will be responsible for all aspects of the AWS Ground Segment. The postholder will coordinate with the System Support Division to ensure usage of common standards and methods, and access to the necessary resources on system support issues, where appropriate.AWS is conceived as the prototype satellite (approx. 120 kg) for a future constellation of small satellites providing all-weather microwave sounding of the global atmosphere with frequent revisit observations over the Arctic region. The AWS prototype is being implemented as a dedicated ESA Programme Element under the Earth Watch Programme, while any future constellation will be implemented in cooperation with EUMETSAT. Launch of AWS is planned in early 2024.The postholder will support the definition and monitor the implementation of the Ground Segment and the preparation of the Spacecraft in-orbit Operations up to and including the commissioning phase. The Ground Segment consists of three elements, namely the Ground Station (GS), Monitoring and Control Segment (MCS) and Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS).

The duties will include:

  • Reviewing and assessing the proposed Ground Segment design, including identification of possible options, trade-offs and design / cost drivers and guaranteeing compliance with requirements;
  • Coordinating with the AWS team to ensure Ground Segment design and compatibility with the system/operations, including consistency of design, testing and performance with other elements of the system and future AWS constellation requirements;
  • Managing and monitoring industrial activities for the Ground Segment;
  • Supporting AWS project reviews;
  • Reviewing and verifying the space-to-ground interface in cooperation with the AWS team;
  • Liaising with EUMETSAT with respect to future AWS constellation Ground Segment optimisation;
  • Monitoring the definition of the Level-1 data processor and its implementation and the verification of its interfaces with PDGS;
  • Supporting Ground Segment validation activities, including Satellite System Validation Tests (SSVTs);
  • Supporting the preparation of the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP), the Satellite In-Orbit Verification (SIOV) and Commissioning phases;
  • In carrying out these tasks, the postholder will coordinate closely with other AWS team members, and also with support from the Earth Observation Programmes and Technical and Quality Directorates.
  • Applicants for this position should have a PhD or Master degree or equivalent qualification in engineering field or related subject.
Prefered Skills
  • Previous experience in ground segment projects, and experience in earth observation is highly desirable.
  • Applicants should have good practical, analytical and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively both autonomously and in a team.
  • They should have good communication skills, be self-motivated and have a pro-active and results-oriented approach.
  • A good knowledge of English is required.

Please note that interviews can/will be held via skype, webex or other digital platforms. The TUD (Take up duty) will be agreed taking into account how the coronavirus situation develops.

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