👷 Remote Sensing Microwave Instrument Engineer

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Vacancy in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

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

This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  


Remote Sensing Microwave Instrument Engineer in the RF Payload Engineering and Digital Equipment Section, RF Payloads and Technology Division, Electrical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The RF Payload Engineering and Digital Equipment Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research (R&D) in the field(s) of telecommunication payloads and subsystems, microwave and millimetre-wave remote sensing instruments and navigation payloads using analogue, digital and optical onboard technologies. The Section also covers the research, design, development and testing of radio frequency digital equipment, as well as payload signal and data processing techniques for RF payloads and microwave remote sensing instruments.  


Reporting to the Head of Section and within the technical fields described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

•    providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of RF payloads throughout all project phases, in particular for RF, microwave and millimetre-wave remote sensing instruments and payloads;
•    contributing to the overall architectural definition, specification, development and verification of future RF, microwave and millimetre-wave remote sensing instruments/payloads, including the assessment of new concepts, signal processing techniques and applications of new technologies;
•    assessing new concepts, architectures, technologies and processing techniques to be applied to the next generation of microwave and millimetre-wave instruments/payloads;
•    defining the technological requirements of microwave and millimetre-wave remote sensing instruments in cooperation with ESA’s specialists in the various domains;
•    participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and the evaluation of procurement proposals;
•    identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
•    contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes in the field of RF, microwave and millimetre-wave remote sensing instruments/payloads;
•    defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs;
•    fostering new application areas for multidisciplinary activities, placing emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and system architectures;
•    laboratory activities as required;
•    monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise;
•    contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency;
•    supervising students and trainees for analysis, simulation and development of advanced concepts in the technical field of the Section.

Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.  

Technical competencies

General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position

Hands-on hardware experience

Experience in the development and verification of space hardware

Experience with the design, development and application of relevant tools and methods

Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape

Project support experience in a relevant domain

Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation 
Operational Efficiency 
Fostering Cooperation 
Relationship Management 
Continuous Improvement 
Forward Thinking  


A Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Electronics or RF/Microwave engineering is required for this post.

Additional requirements

Experience in the design, development and verification of synthetic aperture radars, radar altimeters, scatterometers, radiometers or real aperture radars (weather radars and ground-penetrating radars) is required.

A very good knowledge of onboard digital signal processing techniques and technologies for spaceborne radars will be considered an asset.

A very good knowledge of modern computer systems, simulation and modelling tools, programming languages and signal processing techniques and technologies is also required.

Some years of professional experience in the technical domains required for this position will be considered an asset.  

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

For further information please visit: Professionals, What we offer and FAQ   

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.     

The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities.  Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace.  The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email contact.human.resources@esa.int.


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, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented or balanced Member States*.  (https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/careers/NationalityTargets.pdf)

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service. 

Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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