Payload Data Ground Segment Systems Engineering [deadline 11th November 2017]


The main emphasis of the tasks to be performed is on the payload data ground segment of the EPS-SG programme. This covers payload data acquisition (ground stations) and data processing elements.
The tasks to be performed will include:

  • Requirements engineering – mainly related to the verification processes, and encompassing downward and upward traceability, allocation and apportionment, and management with respect to verification control databases and the verification process;
  • Design – defining the conceptual build and configuration which results in a physical architecture, described by its complete functional, physical and software characteristics;
  • Planning, preparation and execution of integration and verification, with the final objective to demonstrate that the deliverables conform to the specified requirements.
  • Requirements engineering in DOORS. This includes review, specification and refinement of existing requirements, their up-traces to parent Ground Segment specifications, justifications and verification methods;
  • Support to the procurement of payload data acquisition & processing elements by advising on technical solutions proposed by the responsible contractors, and by reviewing documentation to confirm its compliance with the requirements;
  • Refinement of ICDs, especially those between payload data acquisition & processing elements and other GS functions;
  • Support to the preparation and execution of the testing, integration and acceptance of procured elements;
  • Support to the installation of ground segment elements at sites, and their integration into the overall Ground Segment system;
  • Verification and validation (IV&V) of the integrated Ground Segment;
  • Review of System, Space Segment and Ground Segment documentation dealing with requirements, concepts, algorithms and technical analyses of relevance for data processing, including review of calibration concepts defined by the Space Segment with emphasis on their implications on Ground Segment data processing concepts, interfaces and architecture;
  • Participation in formal reviews and technical meetings at System and Ground Segment level.


In addition to having a university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant technical discipline, the person shall have the following:

  • Experience in system engineering practices and processes, especially in the field of space systems engineering, including knowledge of ECSS standards and system life cycle processes;
  • Extensive experience in payload data ground segments for large and complex Earth Observation missions, including L1/L2 processing software;
  • Experience in management and traceability of complex requirements structures and the management of their verification via VCDs;
  • Experience in the preparation of ground segment documentation relating to requirements engineering, design, and IV&V planning and execution;

In addition, experience in the following area would be an advantage:

  • Experience with DOORS tool;

Apply by sending an email to with an updated Curriculum Vitae (using the online tool) with the EUROPASS CV format.