ESA is looking for a Vega and Space Rider Mechanical System Engineer

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  • Vacancy type: Permanent

    Location: Frascati, Italy

    Closing date for applications: 01-04-2021


    ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.



    • managing technical activities related to the design, development, qualification, assembly, integration, testing, acceptance, flight and post-flight of the mechanical systems for the above-mentioned scope of activities;
    • trade-off analysis at mechanical systems level, in particular regarding subsystems/equipment layout, recurrent and non-recurrent cost aspects;
    • apportioning technical requirements from system level to mechanical subsystems, defining the launcher contribution to relevant internal and external interface specifications, from launch system down to launcher system and subsystems, launch base and launch range;
    • drafting Statements of Work;
    • evaluating industrial offers, negotiating industrial contracts and evaluating industry deliverables;
    • preparing and implementing the main project milestones, including specific project reviews at system and subsystem level, in your area of responsibility;
    • monitoring the manufacturing and acceptance of Vega and Space Rider elements, ensuring compliance of the mission-specific configuration with the product qualification range;
    • technical guidance for dealing with flight anomalies/non-conformances and assessing requests for waivers/deviations;
    • assessing the evolving definition (ECP) of mechanical systems and their possible impact on the Vega launch vehicle’s qualification status;
    • following up the technical activities related to dealing with component/materials obsolescence and actions aimed at reducing recurrent costs during the exploitation phase.


    Technical competencies

    Multidisciplinary knowledge of area of responsibility

    Knowledge of other technical domains with interfaces to own area of responsibility

    Space system development and PA standards

    Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes



    Master’s degree in a relevant engineering field.


    Additional requirements

    A strong background in the design, development, assembly, integration, testing and acceptance of mechanical systems for space transportation applications.

    Experience in the European launchers sector is an asset, preferably coupled with familiarity with one or more space transportation spin-off applications (atmospheric re-entry and/or small spacecraft missions).


    The closing date for applications is 1 April 2021.


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    Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia and Slovenia.


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