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Thermal Analysis and Verification Engineer

European Space Agency

European Space Agency

noordwijk, netherlands
Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2023


Vacancy in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.


ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  



Thermal Analysis and Verification Engineer in the Thermal Analysis and Verification Section, Thermal Division, Mechanical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Thermal Analysis and Verification Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technological research and development (R&D) in the field(s) of thermal analysis methods and tools, as well as interdisciplinary analysis in the mechanical domain and related product data exchange. It is also responsible for the Mechanical Systems Laboratory, which provides support to ESA projects and external customers in the area of thermal and mechanical verification by test.

The Section is part of the Thermal Division, a key centre of competence in space thermal engineering. The Division covers the complete temperature range and is staffed with around 45 engineers supporting all ESA projects and the development of thermal technologies and methodologies. The Section offers, as such, a unique opportunity to contribute on the thermal challenges faced by ESA missions, spacecraft, instruments and equipment.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:


-    providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in the field of thermal analysis, related methods, tools and product data exchange throughout all project phases;
-    participating in thermal testing activities and correlating analysis and test results;
-    developing advanced interdisciplinary analysis in the mechanical domain;
-    participating in feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluation of procurement proposals;
-    identifying critical development problems and assisting in their resolution;
-    contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s technology programmes;
-    defining, initiating and managing R&D activities covering both long- and short-term needs;
-    monitoring applicable scientific and technological trends and maintaining state-of-the-art expertise;
-    contributing to the dissemination of the results of the activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.


Duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of expertise.

Technical competencies

General background and experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Experience with the design, development and application of relevant tools and methods
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Project support experience in a relevant domain
Spacecraft systems knowledge
Environmental testing for space hardware
Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation (Statements of Work, proposal evaluation, etc.)

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking


A master's in thermal/mechanical engineering or computational physics is required.

Additional requirements

Good knowledge of thermal analysis tools such as ESATAN-TMS, as well as knowledge of space thermal control engineering is required.

Knowledge and interest in multidisciplinary analysis, software engineering, and numerical methods would be considered an asset.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

For further information please visit: Professionals, What we offer and FAQ   


The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.     


The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.


At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities.  Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace.  The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.


According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States*.  


In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service. 


In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.