Ground Segment System Engineer

We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

Ground Segment System Engineer

You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.

Your Tasks:

The Ground Segment System (GSS) Engineer shall contribute to maintaining the overall system design documentation of the existing and future Copernicus operational ground segment systems and interfaces to external systems relevant for Copernicus ground segments. When evolutions of these systems are proposed and implemented, the Engineer shall analyse them and verify the system and interfaces coherence.

In the role of support to the maintenance and evolution activities of the operational Copernicus missions, the tasks of the GSS engineer shall include:

  • Contribute to the System Requirements Definition process and/or maintaining existing requirements baselines;
  • Contribute to the maintenance, for all the operational ground systems, of a complete and consistent set of System Technical Documentation and the baseline;
  • Contribute to the creation of System Engineering models of Ground Systems using an MBSE approach and/or maintaining existing model baselines;
  • Perform technical analysis of system architecture and specification evolutions or major upgrades of the operational ground systems, for interfaces coherence and compatibility check with other ongoing developments;
  • Contribute to the IV&V testing approach for major evolutions of the operational ground systems and contribute to the co-ordination of the installation, integration and verification of new systems into the operational infrastructure;
  • Contribute to the various OPS & TSS Projects and associated reviews, as required, providing System Engineering support during the design phase and contribute actively to the definition of the IV&V activities;
  • Contribute to the assessment of Engineering Tasks providing System Engineering expertise to CRB’s and ARB’s;
  • Contribute to the impact analysis of ICT evolutions in operational systems.
  • Contribute to the analysis, investigations and resolution of system and ground segment level anomalies;
  • Provide expert inputs to the SEP Copernicus System Engineer on all related activities as requested;
  • Contribution to the OPS regular coordination processes as requested.

In the role of services to the development of new Copernicus missions, the tasks of the GSS Engineer shall include:

  • Participate to the description of the system architecture and interfaces between external systems and the Copernicus mission specific elements of the ground system;
  • In coordination with the system and interface engineers of the future ground segment, ensure that the definition and documentation of new interfaces are compatible with the methodology used in Operations; this includes the use of common templates for Interface Control Document and the use of the same tool for maintaining the interfaces data dictionary;
  • Provide support to the definition of the IV&V approach for the future ground systems.


Your Profile:

Knowledge and experience with the following is considered essential, each key person shall have:

  • Experience in the analysis of systems applications and modelling;
  • Experience in the field of Systems Engineering and architectural design for ground segment systems;
  • Capability to prepare system requirements and design documents, and to perform system-level analyses for complex satellite-based systems;
  • Experience of writing technical requirements (preferably to ECSS standards);
  • Experience of interface management and definition;
  • Familiarity with mechanisms and tools for detailed interface definition;
  • Capability to prepare and manage ICD;
  • Use of modelling and design languages for System Engineering (e.g. SysML) and tools in support of architectural design activities (e.g. Vitech CORE, Enterprise Architect);
  • Knowledge of space and ground system engineering processes, and system and software life-cycles and standards;
  • Experience in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methods, techniques and tools;
  • Definition, management and traceability of requirements structure with the support of dedicated tools (e.g. DOORS);
  • Experience in Integration, Verification and Validation (IV&V) of complex systems.

In addition, for the accomplishment of the listed tasks, the engineer shall possess knowledge and experience in the following of the two mandatory domains, and minimum of four of the other following areas:


  • Satellite monitoring and control systems (including Flight Dynamics and S/C Simulator aspects)
  • Data processing

Desirable (4 from 6 of the following):

  • Dissemination
  • Archive systems
  • Ground Stations
  • Computer systems
  • Network systems
  • IT Security

It would be an advantage for the engineer to have knowledge and/or experience with some of the following:

  • Full development cycle of large systems, from the definition of requirements to system design and testing;
  • Configuration Control processes and tools;
  • Familiarity with the ECSS standards;
  • INCOSE System Engineering certification (CSEP/ESEP), or comparable systems engineering certification.

Each key person shall have a university degree (or equivalent) in an engineering or scientific discipline relevant to the job profile, together with the experience and capability to fulfil the assigned tasks with a minimum of supervision.

The official languages are English and French. The working language for the service is English and therefore the key persons must be able to work effectively in this language. Good communication skills are essential for the fulfilment of the tasks requiring interaction




REFERENCE: 18-216091

LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany

CONTACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLOSING DATE: 1st August 2018

MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.