Copernicus - (Junior/Senior) MCS/SIM Data System Engineer (w/m/d)

Reference: J21075
Location: ESOC \ Darmstadt \ Germany
Deadline for applications: 30.09.2021 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 shape the future of aerospace – and beyond - together.

Our staff plays a key role for our success through their qualifications, motivation, enthusiasm, different cultural 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 applicants 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, including but not limited to flexible working hours, mobile working and ongoing career development.

The Position

We are supporting the European Space Agency (ESA) with highly qualified services at the European Operations Control Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt. For new service positions for the satellite missions of the Copernicus program we are searching for Data System Engineers to complement our international service team!

As part of our service team you will provide support for the configuration and operations of Data Systems (such as Mission Control System, Operational Simulators, Auxiliary Data Systems). These services include:

  • Preparation, execution and reporting of acceptance test campaigns for deliveries from Copernicus software development activities
  • Supporting the Agency in the technical assessments and follow-up of technical evolution of the operational Data Systems
  • Installation and configuration of the Copernicus data systems
  • Supervising running Copernicus data systems and taking the necessary actions to ensure the continued performance of the systems
  • Generation and maintenance of operational procedures
  • Provision of 1st-line support to the satellite operation
  • Reviewing innovation activities including supporting related R&D activities, and providing assessment on relevant new technologies
  • Reviewing relevant developments in ESOC common infrastructure for its applicability towards Copernicus Data Systems
  • Maintenance and evolvement of software scripts ensuring running of the Data Systems (e.g. system monitoring, deployment scripts, etc.)

In your role you will also coordinate and collaborate with industrial partners and teams within ESOC. You will support the Agency in the technical management of the projects for maintenance and evolution of the Copernicus Data Systems. Such activities might involve defining the scope of deliveries, supervising of progress and contributing to the definition of planned evolutions.

Detailed information on the missions and the activities of ESOC can be found on;

It is full-time and permanent and expected starting date will be July 2021.


We are looking forward to meeting you!



  • University degree in a relevant engineering field, computer engineering, physics or equivalent with high grades.

Essential Skills

The ideal candidates we are looking for contribute to our service team with the following characteristics:

  • Experience with ESOC data system infrastructure products (e.g. Scos-2000, MICONYS Suite, SIMSAT, Egos MPS, EGS-CC etc)
  • Knowledge of operational spacecraft simulators (user or developer)
  • (Earth Observation) Mission Control Systems (user or developer)
  • Ability to work independently, openness and reliability
  • Capability to collaborate with several different areas/people in ESOC
  • Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with all partners within ESOC and industry
  • Openness to support mission critical phases (e.g. SIM campaign, SVTs, LEOP) via on-call or temporary shift work
  • Proficiency in English, both in speech and writing

Desirable Skills

Additional desirable skills are:

  • Knowledge of Spacecraft (especially for the SIM)
  • Knowledge of ESOC operational environment
  • Proficiency with C++/Java, knowledge of Unix/Linux, Python and scripting languages
  • Experience with development and maintenance of software projects
  • Experience in requirements management (knowledge of tools, e.g. doors)
  • Experience in test management (knowledge of tools, e.g. HPQC)
  • Familiarity with Mission Data System coordination
  • Knowledge of applicable engineering and quality standards, such as CCSDS


Your Benefits of joining us

  • Work-life balance: Flexible working hours, home office, sabbatical (time off for travelling around the world, extended parental leave, further education, etc.), option to work part time;
  • Financial benefits: Company pension plan, net wage optimisation programme including IT / bicycle leasing, discounted annual ticket for public transport, employer loans, etc.;
  • Employee recommendation scheme: We are grateful when our employees support us in finding new recruits. You will receive a bonus of 1,500 EUR to 3,000 EUR per successful recommendation;
  • Relocation support: We offer our newcomers a relocation lump sum and support you in finding a suitable new home as well as in finding a school or nursery for your children and much more. Should need be, this can even include support in the search for a job for your partner.
  • Career development: For us, further education and training are an essential part of people management, because this is the only way we can achieve our goal, namely a long-term and successful work relationship with you. Would you like to change your professional focus and work on other projects or change geographically? We will support you here as well.
  • Company events and activities: We have BBQs, Christmas parties and TGIF (Thank God It's Friday) events. On top of that, we organise team-building events and events internal to departments to promote team spirit. Let us know if you have creative ideas for corporate events or new initiatives that you would like to introduce to our company culture, no matter whether they are of artistic or technical nature.


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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