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Noordwijk, The Netherlands

On-Board and Payload Data Processing Engineer

Expires: July 06, 2021

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Job Overview

We are looking for an On-Board and Payload Data Processing Engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk The Netherlands, to join their RF Digital Equipment & Payload Data Processing Section. For this role, our client has envisioned two different suitable probiles: RF Instrument Data Processing Engineer and Optical Instrument Image Processing Engineer.
Please note, the successful candidate will be employed by ATG Europe and not by ESA.
The successful candidate will be tasked with, but not limited to:

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Tasks & Responsibilities

  • PROFILE 1: RF Instrument Data Processing Engineer
  • A diverse range of support tasks is required to be carried out, encompassing algorithmic and hardware definition, development and validation, involving software, hardware and system constraints;
  • Design, development and performance evaluation and characterization of control, data and signal processing units for Radio Frequency payloads and instruments;
  • Definition, design, development, performance evaluation and verification of data and signal processing functions and algorithms via simulation techniques (e.g. Matlab, Python, prototyping SW);
  • Design, verification and validation of payload data and signal processing chains;
  • Hardware/ software optimization and implementation of payload data processing functions on processors (e.g. uC/uP, DSP, GPU, AI accelerators) and FPGA (e.g. MPSoC, RfSoC) based platforms;
  • Radio Frequency payloads/ instruments related ASICs and device specification/ validation;
  • Specific engineering support in the above domains to mainstream ESA space projects, mainly for (but not restricted to) the development and testing phases.
  • PROFILE 2: Optical Instrument Image Processing Engineer
  • A diverse range of support tasks is required to be carried out, encompassing algorithmic definition, development and validation and involving software, hardware and system constraints. These tasks are expected to address processing functions focusing on payload performance (image quality), data compression/reduction and data analysis;
  • Analysis of system-level needs and definition of system and subsystem requirements’ specifications for optical payload processing functions;
  • Definition, design, development, performance evaluation and verification of image processing functions and algorithms via simulation techniques (e.g. Matlab, Python, prototyping SW);
  • Design, verification and validation of payload image processing chains (in close collaboration with teams responsible for SW and HW implementation);
  • Support to HW/SW optimization and implementation of payload data processing functions on processors (e.g. uC/uP, DSP, GPU, AI accelerators) and FPGA based platforms;
  • Specific engineering support in the above domains to mainstream ESA space projects, mainly for (but not restricted to) the development and testing phases.

Requirements

PROFILE 1: RF Instrument Data Processing Engineer
Master’s degree in networks, electronics, telecommunications or a related field with minimum 4 years of relevant work experience;
Extensive knowledge in on-board data and signal processing techniques;
Extensive knowledge in signal quality and on-board payload data processing functions for RF remote sensing and Telecom payloads;
Extensive knowledge in simulation of signal processing functions (Matlab, Python, C, etc);
Knowledge in the design, training and validation of machine learning techniques (not limited to deep learning) for tasks such as prediction, classification, semantic segmentation, object detection, etc;
Familiarity with telecom payload processors, synthetic aperture radar, radar altimetry and radio frequency interference mitigation (coverage of more than one of the topics will be a strong asset);
Familiarity with payload data and signal processing on-board systems architectures;
Familiarity with processing devices and on-board electronics design related to data acquisition and processing functions;
Familiarity with procurement of units, sub-systems integration and testing;
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.
PROFILE 2: Optical Instrument Image Processing Engineer
Master’s degree in networks, electronics, telecommunications or a related field with minimum 4 years of relevant work experience;
Extensive knowledge in image processing, compression and computer vision techniques;
Extensive knowledge in optical imaging payloads, signal/image quality and on-board payload data processing functions;
Extensive knowledge in simulation of image processing functions (Matlab, Python, ENVI/IDL, C, etc);
Knowledge in the design, training and validation of machine learning techniques (not limited to deep learning) for tasks such as prediction, classification, semantic segmentation, object detection, etc;
Familiarity with computational imaging techniques (image stabilization, super-resolution, active optics, etc);
Familiarity with payload data processing on-board systems architectures;
Familiarity with processing devices and on-board electronics design related to data acquisition and processing functions;
Familiarity with procurement of demonstrator units, sub-system integration and testing;
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.
For both profiles, candidates with less than 10 years experience are requested to provide the relevant academic transcripts to give the Client a more complete candidate profile at the selection stage.

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