RT-C/TEC-EDP/00413 On-Board Payload Data Processing Engineer

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Job Reference: N017/ESTECSF/1302
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Contract Details: Permanent Contract
Salary: Salary information available upon application
Working Hours: 40
Closing Date: 19/01/2018
Job Category: Satellite & Space Engineering
Region / Division: Space NL
Business Unit: ESTEC
Location: ESTEC, Noordwijk

Package Description

Full details on application.

Job Introduction

Serco is a specialist at delivering vital services on behalf of European, National and Local Governments.

Serco Europe employ’s a large workforce in Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy and the UK.

Our European operations have ca. 2,000 employees delivering critical services to public institutions throughout Europe. 


Main Responsibilities

A diverse range of support tasks can be carried out by the candidate encompassing hardware, software and system aspects. These can be grouped within the following main headings:

  • Payload data acquisition, processing and storage chains, which can be further divided into
  • Data acquisition chain:

- ADC/ DAC interfaces;

- Sensor readout electronics;

- Analog signal conditioning;

- Data processing units;

- Concept, design and test of data processing units;

- Implementation of payload data processing functions on processors (e.g. DSP, GPU or uProcessor) and FPGAs based platforms;

- Trade-off analysis and verification of the performance in simulation and hardware;

  • Instrument controller:

- Concept, design and test of payload computers;

- Knowledge of applied memory technologies;

  • Mass Memory storage units

- Concept, design and test of mass memories and the applied memory technologies;

- Knowledge of file based systems and the CFTP protocol;

- HW/ SW partitioning and corresponding trade-offs;

  • High speed networks for data transmission and command & control;
  • Experience with high speed serial link based systems and the testing of these interfaces;
  • SpaceWire, SpaceFibre and related protocols;
  • Protocols providing quality of service, reliability, determinism and FDIR;
  • Ethernet based systems based on Powerlink, AFDX or similar is an asset;
  • Validation of signal and image processing algorithms via simulation techniques (e.g. Matlab, prototyping SW);
  • Specific engineering support in the above domains to mainstream ESA space projects, mainly for (but not restricted to) the development and testing phases;
  • Knowledge of on board links, buses, wireless local networking and communication protocols;
  • Specific engineering support in the above domains to mainstream ESA space  projects, mainly for (but not restricted to) the development and testing phases;
  • Design, implementation and testing tasks for the Section’s technological projects (e.g. small technology demonstration satellites);
  • Design, implementation and testing tasks related to standardisation efforts (e.g. CCSDS CFDP standard consolidation and validation, On Board Interfaces Services, Electronic Data Sheets);

The Ideal Candidate

  • The candidate should have a PhD or MSc Engineering from a recognised Institution with minimum of 4 years of relevant experience along with the following;
  • Understanding of electrical satellite systems architectures;
  • Deep knowledge of data handling functions and their implementation;
  • Knowledge of CCSDS communication protocols and related standards;
  • Extensive knowledge of intra-satellite communication protocols (Mil1553, CAN, SpaceWire);
  • Experience in equipment procurement, sub-systems integration and testing;
  • Experience in spacecraft project support in particular related to spacecraft data handling, on-board data interfaces, associated protocols and system level validation;
  • Experience in VHDL programming, including reconfiguration and partial reconfiguration techniques is an asset;
  • Experience in defining payload data processing systems architectures;
  • Extensive knowledge in signal and image processing techniques and devices;
  • Extensive experience in procurement of spaceflight hardware units, sub-systems integration and testing in the space industry;
  • Knowledge in spaceflight electronics design related to data acquisition, processing and storage functions, as well as constraints of the space environment;
  • Wide knowledge in communication networks principles, standards and their implementation;
  • Ability to work in an autonomous manner, in particular when providing support to projects with high time allocations and this in coordination with the line manager.

Please note that the closing date for the applications is on 03/01/2018



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About The Company

Serco Services GmbH, part of the Serco group, A FTSE250, Multi-national Service Provider with over 60,000 employees worldwide.

Serco’s space heritage over the last 40 years has placed us in the Space News Top 50 Space Industry Manufacturing and Services Companies - We work alongside EUMETSAT and the European Space Agency, where we are the largest on-site service provider with ca. 300 staff.

What connects the ever growing Serco workforce is a passion for delivering great service – To keep ahead we have to constantly evolve and enhance the way we deliver our services and everyone in Serco has a role to play here.

Serco provide the right environment to encourage ideas and a comprehensive Best Practice support network that enables them to put their ideas into action.

If you share our values then join with over 60,000 colleagues globally who are equally as passionate about delivering great service as you