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Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Dependability (RAMS) and Safety Support Engineer

Expires: December 04, 2020

Job Overview

On behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), we are looking for a Dependability (RAMS) and Safety Support Engineer for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their RAMS Section, reporting to the Head of Dependability and Safety Section.
Please note this is an external consultant position not a Staff position.

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Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Support collection and exploitation of In-orbit data;
  • Support R&D activities (e.g. TRP, GSP, GSTP, CDs Dossiers etc);
  • Contribute to continual improvement of the RAMS methods and tools;
  • Support preparation of training courses and materials;
  • Support organisation of conferences and workshops;
  • Participate in collaborative activities with universities, research institutes and industry (Research Fellowship, OSIP...);
  • Support preparation and assessment of Safety Data Package for Safety Authority approval.


Master degree in a relevant Engineering discipline with at least 4 years of suitable experience;
Relevant experience of application of RAMS engineering to space programs, including in ground and/or ground based systems and operations;
Experience in design and engineering of safety critical systems;
A hands-on knowledge of the RAMS analyses and methodologies (Hardware and Software), preparation of relevant RAMS documentation during the overall project life-cycle and application of ECSS dependability and safety standards;
Experience in dependability and safety engineering management processes and objectives and experience during operations is an advantage;
Experience in the field of ground safety and projects assistance in obtaining the relevant launch centre safety certification is an advantage;
Knowledge of RTCA/DO-178C “Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification" and related certification schemes, and experience in interfacing certification authorities is considered an asset;
Knowledge of EU Safety Directive as “Directive 98/37/EC Machinery”, Directive 99/92/EC Risk from Explosive Atmospheres”, “Directive 97/23/EC Pressure Equipment” and other safety directives relevant for space is considered an asset;
Familiarity with space product assurance practices together with a good working knowledge of appropriate RAMS tools is an advantage;
Fluent in the English language (spoken and written). Knowledge of another European language is an asset;
Candidates must be eligible for an EU security clearance.

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