Ground Station Monitoring and Control System Engineer (m/f/d)
The Station Computer II (STCII) is the central monitoring and control system for ESA ground stations. It is currently deployed on five ground stations of the ESA tracking network. The system is responsible for monitoring and controlling all ground station equipment, to apply all configurations necessary to support tracking of spacecraft and to receive telemetry from and to send telecommands to various spacecraft. The system implements a high degree of automation to support unmanned operation of ground stations in various Countries around the world. The STCII installed in the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt allows remote monitoring and control of all the supported ESA ground stations.
The STCII system uses a configuration database, which configures the on-line system to operate on different ground stations and to support different spacecraft missions. Preparation of the configuration databases is supported by the so-called Ground Station Tailoring System (GSTS). Emphasis of the project is in particular on the maintenance and the continuous development of the configuration databases (tailoring).
The design and development of the successor monitor and control system for the STCII will start in the next months and it will be based on a generic development between industry and the Agency. Consultancy in the design and development phase is expected as well as support in the migration to, and testing of, the new system.
We are looking for an engineer to join the project team composed of 5 members working on-site at ESOC.
Your future duties and responsibilities
As part of the team, you will be responsible for the maintenance and the tailoring of the ESA Ground Station Monitoring and control system. You will be working on-site at ESOC in direct contact with the missions and the ground stations engineers, you will be involved in the daily live operations and in special events like, for instance, the launches and the critical manoeuvres.
Most of the activities will be performed remotely from ESOC in Darmstadt, but occasional travels to the Ground Stations might be required.
Project tasks will be:
• Implementation of ground station and satellite specific procedures
• Configuration of the monitoring & control system for new ground station devices and test preparation
• Installation and configuration of the tailoring system
• Requirements clarifications with the customer
• Provision of consultancy related to monitoring & control system evolution
• Configuration of new ground station devices
• System commissioning on ground stations
• Configuration, set-up, and validation of workstations and servers for deployment on ESA ground stations
• Set-up of system test environment in ESA Test Station
• TCP/IP network configuration
• System administration for related IT systems
Required qualifications to be successful in this role
You should have a university degree in an engineering discipline (or similar) and 2-3 years relevant experience. You are motivated, you have a proactive and problem-solving attitude. You are willing to learn, to take on new responsibilities and able to work both autonomously and as part of an international team. You are a quick learner and you have strong analytical skills.
• Experience in software testing and validation
• Ability to understand the operational design of Man Machine Interfaces (MMI)
• Validation of system configuration
• Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Ability to understand and handle complex systems
• Experience in software design and development
• Experience in Unix/Linux system administration
• Familiarity with database supported problem and issue tracking systems and configuration databases
• Familiarity with maintenance workflows
• Familiarity with customer support and feedback in a first-line maintenance environment
• Familiarity with distributed version control systems (e.g. git)
• Familiarity with scripting languages and OO programming languages
• Ability to communicate well with colleagues and clients
• Team player working effectively with colleagues, clients and second-line support teams.
• Ability to manage several tasks in parallel
• Ability to adapt and work within an international organisation
• Good communication skills in English (written and spoken)
• Domain knowledge in Space Ground Segments and Ground Stations would be an asset.
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