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Chemical Propulsion Engineer

Ref: 14584280

Posted on 12 June 2020
Job Location
Noordwijk Zh
Contract Type
Posting

Functieprofiel

We are looking for a Chemical Propulsion Engineer (E3) to join our Modis Aerospace team, working onsite at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands.

General tasks to be performed:

  • Providing expert technical support in Propulsion for Spacecraft (chemical propulsion) and for Launchers (liquid and solid propulsion) to the Agency’s project teams responsible for the development of spacecraft and launchers, throughout all the project phases.
  • Supporting the activities for studies, experimental investigations and engineering developments in spacecraft and launcher propulsion (components, equipment, sub-systems, systems).
  • Supporting the activities for studies, experimental investigations and engineering developments in advanced propulsion (components, equipment, sub-systems, systems), such as nuclear propulsion, solar/thermal upper stages, Airbreathing Propulsion, Advanced Chemical Systems, MEMS etc.
  • Support in the following activities:

o Provision of specialised support to Agency feasibility and project definition studies, preparatory programmes and approved projects in the field of chemical propulsion;

o Participation in the definition and execution of the Agency's technology programmes;

o Contribution to the overseeing activities of the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality;

o Harmonisation with other ESA and national developments and monitoring of applicable development trends;

o Provision of specialised support to feasibility, preparatory programmes and approved projects in the field of chemical propulsion, including CDF participation;

o Assessment and development of chemical propulsion novel propulsion concepts (e.g. Nuclear and Airbreathing technologies);

o Assessment and development of relevant advanced propulsion methods, processes and concepts (MEMS propulsion, Green Propulsion, Advanced Manufacturing etc);

o The configuration/system design of chemical propulsion systems including the initiation of appropriate critical technology developments (coordinating support by other D/TEC sections);

o Establishment and promotion of design and engineering standards in the area of chemical propulsion;

o The undertaking of programmes of basic experimental research and evaluation/qualification testing in the chemical propulsion in the ESA Propulsion Laboratory at ESTEC.

Bedrijfsprofiel

Modis Aerospace is a specialized Engineering consultancy with more than 30 years’ experience providing aerospace Engineers to our key partners in The Netherlands. Modis is a long-standing business partner of the European Space Agency (ESA), with more than 120 employees recruited from across Europe currently supporting ESA’s activities.

About ESA-ESTEC

The European Space Agency (ESA) has sites in several European countries. The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) is the largest site and the technical heart of ESA. This nursery of European space activities is located in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

At ESTEC, about 2500 engineers, technicians and scientists work hands-on with mission design, spacecraft and space technology.

Almost all ESA projects - except launchers - are managed from ESTEC. In Noordwijk, people work on science missions, manned space missions, Earth observation, telecommunications and navigation satellites.

ESTEC provides extensive testing facilities to verify the proper operation of spacecraft, such as the Large Space Simulator (LSS), acoustic and electromagnetic testing bays, multi-axis vibration tables and the ESA Propulsion Laboratory (EPL).

Functie-eisen

To successfully perform the above mentioned tasks, the following background / experience is required:

  • Master degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in Space Propulsion related subjects.
  • At least 4 years of proven experience in the design, development and/or testing of chemical propulsion systems and/or components for spacecraft and/or launcher applications.
  • A good knowledge of other specialist technological areas involved in space propulsion i.e. materials, thermal, mechanical would also be desirable.

Please send your CV to recruitmentaerospace@modis.com before 03/07/2020

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