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TEC-MSP-00577 Materials and Processes Laboratory Technician

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Toegevoegd op 03 October 2019
Vacature locatie
Noordwijk Zh
Contract type


We are looking for a Materials and Processes Laboratory Technician (E2) to join our Modis Aerospace team, working onsite at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands.

General tasks to be performed:

  • In collaboration and support of the Metallic and Non-Metallic Materials and Processes as well as Evaluation Engineer, assess customers’ needs in relation to laboratory/analysis activities;
  • Perform all measurements and analyses on metallic as well as non-metallic materials (including cleanliness and contamination control related activities as well as PCBs and electronic assembly) on a variety of destructive and non-destructive test equipment/tools. This includes also the issuing of dedicated testing procedures and documentation development as well as inclusion of test requests and test results in the relevant quality management systems and databases;
  • To set up and operate equipment/analysis tools devoted to the assessment of space environmental effects. This includes assessment by simulating the space environment (vacuum, radiation, ATOX, contamination, thermal ….) as well as pre/post characterisation by analytical techniques (thermal analysis, chemical analysis, physical and microscopic analysis, surface analysis, spectroscopic analysis, NDI techniques etc.)Use a variety of laboratory tools, including acoustic microscopy, optical microscopy, scanning microscopy, confocal microscopy, XRD, X-Ray imaging, NDI etc., XPS, surface tension, Auger Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, IST Testing;
  • Perform mechanical and thermo-mechanical testing (including static, fatigue, fatigue crack propagation, Nano indentation, Nano scratch, low speed impact, hardness testing), also using contact and contact less in-situ strain measurement systems (strain gauges/ARAMIS);
  • Perform all thermal analysis on materials (including thermo-gravimetric, differential scanning calorimetry, thermo-mechanical as well as dynamic mechanical analysis, dielectric analysis, CTE determination, thermal diffusivity/conductivity analysis as well as coupled and advanced thermal modelling techniques for physico-chemical analysis.
  • Perform all corrosion characterisation testing, including but not limited to stress-corrosion, galvanic, red-plague, general corrosion, humidity/salt fog testing, etc.;
  • Perform all verification activities on Printed Circuit Boards and electronics assemblies;
  • Recording sample properties or condition during and after test, accurately and legibly;
  • Draft relevant test reports for all performed test activities;
  • Checking on test equipment performance and reporting any anomalies or faults;
  • Improving test procedures and ensuring that these are executed correctly;
  • Maintenance of the relevant test equipment, ensuring that the equipment under his/her responsibility is kept in an operational state and all necessary routine calibration and maintenance activities are performed.


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.


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).


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

  • Bachelor degree in relevant discipline (Materials or equivalent)
  • Solid background in materials engineering, including metallurgy, polymer composites, adhesives, ceramics and glasses.
  • Proven hands-on experience in:

o Non-destructive investigation such as X-ray tomography, XRD

o Static, dynamic and thermo-mechanical characterisation of materials

o Failure investigations and root cause analysis

  • Strong materials laboratory hands-on experience related to metallic as well as non-metallic materials and manufacturing and applied processes (including cleanliness and contamination control related activities as well as PCBs and electronic assembly) characterisation/verification and failure investigation; a strong background on space simulation facilities is an asset.
  • Proven understanding and knowledge of analytical techniques for materials analysis and ability to carry them out in compliance to an ISO 17025 or other Quality Management System applicable standards;
  • Capability of working in a timely and multitasking manner in order to meet assigned deadlines;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to issue clear and concise materials testing reports;

Please send your CV to before 11/10/2019

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