Vacancy Copernicus Post Launch Support Engineer
Sapienza Consulting are currently recruiting a post launch support engineer for the Copernicus programme. The Post Launch Support (PLS) function is established for each of the ESA-supported Sentinel missions (Sentinel-1, -2, -3 & -5p) to provide necessary engineering support for monitoring, maintaining & optimizing the satellite(s) performance throughout their lifetime(s), until conclusion of each mission.
Responsibilities of the Copernicus Post Launch Support Engineer
- Coordinate the internal & external support to PLS (ESA Project Team, TEC experts, Mission Analysis & System Support, Industry);
- Coordinate with the ESA Project Team (were relevant) to exchange technical status on the flying- and non-flying satellite(s), identifying coordination issues of relevance and following them to conclusion;
- Support PLS at the regular (weekly) Operations Boards;
- Support the Operations Team(s) by providing or facilitating responses to technical support requests from either the Flight operations Segment (FOS) or Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS);
- Maintain & distribute the PLS On-Call lists to the FOS (& other parties where relevant) in a timely manner;
- Support the Mission Manager and his/her team by providing technical advice related to issues of Satellite(s) performance;
- Support the Project Team(s) by providing timely & pertinent feedback on any issue detected in-flight with potential impact on satellite(s) still under development;
- Provide specific technical expertise to support Performance Monitoring, Analysis & Optimisation tasks and Anomaly Investigations, with overall aim to improve mission quality and/or lifetime;
- Preparation of Technical Documentation, such as Reports, Technical Notes and other requested documentation;
- Review and synthesis of Technical Reports and documents produced by Industry, and extraction of relevant technical information for use in generation of PLS Performance metrics and reports;
- Organise and support the 6-monthly In-Orbit Performance Reviews in cooperation with the Industrial Prime contractor, including associated follow-up activities (eg administration, actions follow up etc);
- Respond to Anomaly Warnings received from the Flight Operations Segment (FOS) in an appropriate & timely manner, providing support and facilitating the necessary follow-on actions;
- Supporting and lead complex investigations that arise as a result of satellite performance and anomalies, ensuring adequate coordination with involved partners (MM, FOS, Industry, Project, Management);
- Prepare, coordinate & follow-up on engineering requests for the Industrial contractors in support of Anomaly Investigations and other technical analyses;
- Support the meetings of the Satellite Configuration Control Board (CCB);
- Support Satellite Decommissioning & Disposal activities as required by Mission status;
- Monitor, track and report the status of activities performed by the Industrial contractors in support of the PLS function (technical, commercial and schedule status);
- Preparation of Commercial Documentation, such as Statement of Work and other requested documentation;
- Review commercial payment requests & the associated justifications submitted by Industry (regular milestones or as result of ad-hoc Cost Reimbursement activities);
- Bring innovation to satellite performance analysis by investigating emerging technologies that enhance the ability for early detection of performance trends and deviations.
- Maintain the relevant PLS technical records, databases & documentation in accordance with established procedures;
- Maintain a regular (weekly) reporting & coordination with the PLS Manager;
Post-launch support duties will include, starting with ERS-2 and Envisat radar altimeters and microwave radiometers (reporting to the Head of the Post-Launch Support Office):
- Preventive maintenance:
- Routine monitoring of key HK TM parameters and of the science data.
- Six-monthly review of the In Orbit performance.
- Implementation of corrections for detected deviation of the performance.
- Corrective Maintenance:
- Leading the investigation of anomalies or deviations and
- Implementation of corrections for detected anomalies.
- Instrument Operations extension:
- Analysis for the prediction of the long term evolution.
- Implementation of operational changes allowing the extension of the operations.
- IOP reporting:
- Provision of input for the PLSO management reports (weekly, monthly and six-monthly reports).
Profile of the Copernicus Post Launch Support Engineer
- PhD or Master’s degree in Engineering or equivalent
- At least 4 years of previous relevant practical working experience
- Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule.
- Experience in instrument calibration and data processing.
- Some experience in hardware development and verification for space applications and relevant to the task description.
- Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset
- Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.