Orbit Routine Operations Earth Explorers (21-23-005)

Job Description

We are looking for an Orbit Routine Operations Engineer for our client ESOC. You will join a team that supports the Orbit Determination for Earth Observation Missions primarily related to the routine operations of Earth Explorers (Aeolus, Cryosat and Swarm). Services may also be requested related to Earth Explorers in preparation phase (Biomass, FLEX) and other Earth orbiting missions. The general activities to be supported are (depending on the subsystem and phase of the mission):

Orbit Determination, Prediction and Products Generation:

  • Execution of and support to operational tasks
  • Processing of tracking data
  • Determination and prediction of spacecraft orbital state
  • Generation of orbit related products such as orbit event predictions

Flight Dynamics Application Layer:

  •  Maintenance of elements of the Flight Dynamics Application Layer

Flight Dynamics System Development:

  • Specification of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements
  • Implementation of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements
  • Installation of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements on operational platform(s)- design, coordination and implementation of tests
  • Participation in tests
  • Set-up procedures
  • Flight Dynamics (Sub-)System configuration
  • Coordination of internal and external interfaces and activities across subsystems
  • General Flight Dynamics operations engineering activities


Mandatory Requirements


  • University degree in a relevant engineering field, astronomy, mathematics or physics
  • Skills to apply their knowledge to develop solutions to technical (mathematical and dynamical) problems in cooperation with customers and other experts
  • Ability to define, implement, validate and operate software which applies the above solutions (using e.g. Linux scripting languages, Fortran 90 and C++)
  • Will to take operational responsibility in multi-discipline teams
  • Fluency in English, both in speech and writing
  • Coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields.
  • Ability to work independently.


Desirable Requirements


  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment
  • Familiarity/experience with Flight Dynamics operations engineering tasks
  • Experience dealing with external interfaces
  • Experience with Linux, network services and protocols, and system administration
  • The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities, multiple subsystems and if applicable multiple missions simultaneously.


Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany


Application Deadline: 05 March 2021

Start of Work: 01 June 2021

Important Notes

Before applying to this position, please read the page How to Apply.
Applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid work and residence permit for the above-mentioned work location.
Security, identity and reference checks on the candidates are part of the recruitment process.

Job Application

Please send your applications electronically to career@solenix.ch before the application deadline 05 March 2021.