Space Applications Services is a company at the forefront of space technology development and the provision of services for human spaceflight, exploration, and earth observation missions.
Headquartered in Belgium (Brussels Area), with a research office in the Netherlands and a subsidiary in the USA, the company provides solutions for both commercial and institutional customers.
We work with clients such as the European Space Agency, the European Commission, governmental and national space agencies as well as the major space industries.
The company develops payloads, avionics, robotics technology, and products, and provides complete mission operations control centre solutions to EN9100 standards.
The company also provides engineering, science, and training services, including astronaut training. In our headquarters, we have a control centre room that operates commercial payloads on the International Space Station, and a laboratory comprising a cleanroom.
The successful candidate will be based in our main office at Sint-Stevens-Woluwe (Brussels Area).
The position is in the Systems Department, as part of the Future Projects and Exploration Team.
The candidate will mainly report to Future Projects and Exploration Team Lead.
The Team is responsible for the study, design, prototyping, and test of enabling technologies for future missions.
The team is in search of a talented and highly motivated individual for a full-time position in the exciting area of Exploration Systems and Payloads Engineering, in our efforts to contribute to Europe’s objective of a sustainable return to the Moon, and to the expansion of human kind into the Solar System.
Main Tasks and Responsibilities
Support and lead of scientific and engineering studies related to future human spaceflight and exploration of the solar system
Mission, system and concepts of operation development for exploration systems and payloads
System design across multiple phases of their lifecycle, this includes but is not limited to requirements engineering, design trade-offs and mission analysis
Provide systems engineering expertise for the definition, development and testing of the following products in on-going projects :
Electro-mechanical and chemical processing payloads for exploration and In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) ALCHEMIST (ESA ISRU Demonstration Mission)
Earth-based reactors and facilities for the production of Oxygen from Lunar regolith ISRULAB (ESA ISRU Ground-based research investment and utilization)
Liaise with subcontractors, suppliers, customers, as well as internal discipline experts
Mission and system requirements management
Support the designing, prototyping, prototype assessment, functional verification and optimization of subsystems
Prepare technical responses to Invitations to Tender
Responsible for the delivery of technical products for assigned projects
Perform other assignments as required.
Skills and Experience
A University degree in Aerospace, Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, Process Engineering or related discipline
A minimum of 3 years’ experience in the field of space systems engineering
Experience with the system development cycle, from feasibility studies to qualification and production
Excellent organisational and communication (documentation, presentation, interpersonal) skills
Passion for the mission and willingness to grow and thrive with the company
Ability to synthesise, summarise and draw conclusions
Ability to adhere to strict standards of confidentiality and deadlines
Ability to work in distributed international teams
Intellectual curiosity, flexibility and capability of assimilating new knowledge quickly
A proactive approach, with initiative and ability to work independently
Flexibility and willingness to travel
Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines
Excellent written and spoken English.
The following are considered an asset :
Experience with / in :
Project management, conducting trade-off studies, leading or participating in integrated tests, professional design of mining equipment, or chemical process engineering
Either performing or supporting the development of thermal and structural designs for spacecraft / payload or complex Earth-based systems, and CAD modelling experience (e.g. Solidworks).
Knowledge of :
International spaceflight programmes, spaceflight standards (ECSS / NASA), systems engineering processes (e.g. MBSE) and tools (e.
g. MATLAB / Simulink, STK, FreeFlyer)
Geology / Earth / Lunar / Physical, Space Resources, tribology, materials science.
What Do We Offer
Working within a growing company with Staff located in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands
A professional working environment with motivated Engineers and Scientists coming from all different horizons and countries with a common passion for space
A full-time position with an indefinite contract of employment
A competitive remuneration package and good working conditions
An individualised training and development programmes.
How To Apply
Send your CV and Motivation Letter (both in English) via our website (www.spaceapplications.com), to the attention of Mr. Diego Urbina.
Applications received through the Careers page of our website are reviewed in priority.
The candidate shall be eligible to work in the European Union or in possession of a European Blue Card for two or more years.
We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible.