Flight Dynamics Engineer Mission Analysis - Interplanetary and Lagrange Point Missions (m/w/d)

Reference: J21004
Location: ESOC \ Darmstadt \ Germany
Deadline for applications: 15.01.2021 23:59 CET
Category: Software Solutions

We are the first choice European aerospace company for software centric engineering solutions. We combine 40 years of experience in a market, where trust and quality are needed. With more than 350 employees in Germany, we craft the future of aerospace – and beyond - together.

Our staff plays a key role for our success through their qualifications, motivation, passion, multicultural backgrounds and their sense of collaboration in an open international environment living our values; trust, integrity, participation and curiosity.

We are committed to crafting a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We offer a wealth of benefits to support a balanced work life balance and encouraging career development.

This position is based at ESOC in Darmstadt. It is full-time and permanent and expected starting date will be around March 2021.

We are looking forward to meeting you!


You are passionate about space flight dynamics and looking for a meaningful opportunity to enfold your talents? Then you are on the right track!

We are supporting the European Space Agency with highly qualified services at the European Operations Control Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt. For a new service position within flight dynamics division we are searching for a flight dynamics authority to complement our international service team!

You will provide support to the Mission Analysis section primarily for Lagrange Point Interplanetary missions plus Lunar and Libration Point missions if needed. This includes the trajectory optimisation for interplanetary transfer and science phases and navigation/guidance, including optical navigation.

Furthermore, you will support concurrent design studies for future space missions and contribute to the mission analysis tools development.

Additional tasks are the support to other projects, scientists and industry, and participation in reviews.

Detailed information on the missions and the activities of ESOC can be found on www.esa.int;


  • University degree in a relevant engineering field, astronomy, mathematics or physics.

Essential Skills

The ideal candidate we are looking for contributes to our service team with the following characteristics:

  • An outstanding expertise in trajectory optimisation, including the multi-body problem.
  • Skills in navigation and guidance techniques.
  • Experience in Software Development: C++, Python and shell scripting.
  • Experience in Mission Analysis Tools Development: local and global optimisation techniques and algorithms, covariance and Monte-Carlo analysis, environmental models, numerical integration techniques
  • Proficiency in classical mechanics, including: kinematics and dynamics of point masses, dynamics of rigid bodies, non-inertial reference frames, e.g. including dynamics in rotating frames, rotation dynamics expressed in body fixed frame, conservation laws in mechanics, gravitational forces and field, orbit dynamics, Keplerian orbits and Kepler laws.
  • Skills to apply above knowledge to develop solutions to technical problems in cooperation with customers and other specialists.
  • Knowledge about operational and ground segment aspects in the mission/architecture design.
  • Desire to extend technical skills.
  • A high sense of operational responsibility and good communication skills.
  • 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 Skills

Additional desirable skills are

  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment.
  • Previous operational experience in Flight Dynamics or spacecraft missions in general.
  • Familiarity with modern software development tools (git, CI/CD, CMake, docker…)
  • 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.

Furthermore, knowledge about current and planned ESA missions should be a given.

Your Benefits of joining us

By joining the Telespazio family, you will enjoy all the benefits of a competitive salary in a sustainable work environment, flexible working time models, diverse advancement and training possibilities for technical, language and soft skills, a generous holiday package as well as a company pension scheme. Furthermore, we support you with your relocation. Through our wide network, we can also support your partner in finding a job at your new work location. 


Are you equally inspired by our visions and dreams? Get in touch with us today and send us your application! 

Your HR Contact for this position is Raphael Rossato.


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