Permanent employment
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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On behalf of ESA, we are currently looking for a Dependability and Safety Engineer to work in its Site (ESTEC) in the city of Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


Tasks and Activities
The scope of work will include:

  • Support for projects in the evaluation and monitoring of plans, technical specifications, and efforts proposed for the execution of the dependability and safety programs.
  • Evaluation of dependability and safety analyses, technical notes, technical risk assessments, risk reduction processes, and the associated preventive or corrective actions.
  • Support the 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 as well as organizations of conferences and workshops.
  • Defining and controlling the implementation of the applicable dependability and safety-related acceptance requirements including risk acceptance criteria.
  • Support dependability and safety verification activities, including hazard close-out and disposition of related NCR, RFW, and Critical Items.
  • Participating in project reviews to assess compliance with the applicable RAMS requirements and to formulate accept/reject recommendations.
  • Support preparation and assessment of Safety Data Package for Safety Authority approval.
  • Participate in collaborative activities with universities, research institutes, and industry.


Skills and Experience
The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in Engineering from a recognized Institution of secondary studies or equivalent, with at least 4 years of relevant experience.
  • You have experience in the design and engineering of safety-critical systems.
  • You have relevant experience in the application of RAMS engineering to space programs, including in-ground and/or ground-based systems and operations.
  • A hands-on knowledge of the RAMS analyses and methodologies (Hardware and Software).
  • Experience in the preparation of relevant RAMS documentation during the overall project life-cycle.
  • Knowledge of ECSS dependability and safety standards.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Experience in dependability and safety engineering management processes and objectives and experience during operations.
  • Experience in the field of ground safety and project assistance in obtaining the relevant launch center safety certification.
  • Knowledge of RTCA/DO-178C “Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification” and related certification schemes, and experience in interfacing certification authorities.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with space product assurance practices together with a good working knowledge of appropriate RAMS tools.