Vacancy Mechanisms Engineer

Sapienza Consulting is recruiting a Mechanisms Engineer to support the directorate of TEC at ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The incumbent will be expected to provide his/her abilities to all ESA project directorates ad aid in the implementation of mechanisms technologies in missions. The future post-holder will also perform the following duties.

Responsibilities of the Mechanisms Engineer

  • Mechanisms support to all ESA project directorates with respect to the implementation of space mechanism technologies in current and future missions, including configuration assessments and mission performance evaluation
  • Establishment of Statement of Work and Preliminary Requirement Specifications for Mechanism Systems, Individual Mechanisms or Mechanism components dedicated to Technology and Research & Development
  • Perform and support in the role of Mechanism engineer, System Level Mission Definition studies and system conceptual design activities in support of the ESA long term/future mission plans
  • Identification of enabling mechanism and tribological technologies for future ESA missions
  • Support investigations of mechanisms being out of performance, including malfunctions and contingency scenarios
  • Support and contribute to the establishment and maintenance of the Space Mechanisms ECSS Engineering Standards
  • Generation and set-up of appropriate space mechanisms analysis and simulation models using analysis tools based on technical documentation of space mechanisms; back up and archiving of analysis models for later retrieval
  • Maintain fixed assets master data in the corporate database;
  • Review and update the detailed schedule of fixed assets and accumulated depreciation;
  • Provide timely support to project teams on matters related to fixed assets acquisition, development and or management.

Profile of the Mechanisms Engineer

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in mechanical or aeronautical engineering
  • At least 4 years of previous relevant practical working experience
  • Relevant experience within the field of mechanism design, analysis, verification and testing
  • Excellent knowledge in space system engineering, specializing in mechanisms, knowledge of the Space Mechanism ECSS standard and its application to the design and verification of mechanisms
  • Good knowledge of space mechanism testing and verification methodologies and techniques and a good knowledge of related mechanisms numerical analysis tools such as Adams, VirtualLab Motion, SIMPACK, Matlab/Simulink, Maxwell, Flux etc.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively, autonomously and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment, defining and implementing solutions in line with team and individual objectives, as well as project deadlines.
  • Good knowledge of ECSS-E-ST-33-01C-Rev.1 Mechanisms
  • Good knowledge of ESA and its programmes/projects
  • Self-motivation, communication, continuous learning, cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Teamwork / team spirit
  • Fluent in English, Knowledge of another ESA member state language is an asset
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.


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