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Publish Date: 
Friday, March 26, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, April 23, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
The European Space Agency
Job Announcement Text: 

Project Scientist

Location: ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 
Requisition ID 12161 
Salary: This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale. 

You will report to the Head of the Solar System Section in the Science Division, within the Directorate of Science, and, following a period of familiarisation, will be assigned to the post of Project Scientist, initially for the Mars Express and ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter missions. You will also give support to the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission over the longer term. 

The Science Division provides study and project scientist support to the Science Directorate’s missions throughout all phases, including study, implementation, operations and post-operations, and is responsible for ensuring that maximum scientific return is achieved within the technical and programmatic constraints. 

The Mars Express mission studies all aspects of the Martian environment, from subsurface to upper atmosphere, and records data on the Martian moons. The Trace Gas Orbiter mission conducts investigations into the biological and geological origin of trace gases, monitors the atmospheric composition, maps the subsurface hydrogen, and images surface features. Both missions provide an in- depth analysis of the history of the Red Planet, in particular regarding the role played by water in all its forms (solid, liquid, gas). The JUICE mission, due to launch in 2022, will perform detailed investigations of Jupiter and its system from 2029 onwards, encompassing their inter-relationship and complexity, with particular emphasis on Ganymede as a planetary body and potential habitat. Investigations of Europa and Callisto will complete the comparative picture of the Jovian icy moons. 


  • Ensuring that maximum scientific return from a mission is maintained as a target throughout all phases (study, development, operations, archiving), within the technical, financial, programmatic and safety constraints; 

  • Coordinating the definition of science requirements with the corresponding Science Study Team or Science Working Team (SST/SWT), and monitoring their implementation during all phases; 

  • Acting, for all scientific matters, as the interface between internal study, development, and operations teams on the one hand, and external scientific teams, partners, and the community on the other; 

  • Preparing and disseminating relevant scientific documentation and reporting to ESA management and, as requested, the Advisory Structure; 

  • Promoting the mission to the wider scientific community via conferences and electronic means, and supporting broader Directorate and Agency communications, outreach, and education activities; 

  • Actively pursuing personal scientific research, and participating in the Section’s research activities. 

Technical competencies 
Knowledge of atmospheric science

•    Experience in remote sensing retrieval techniques

•    Experience in interfacing with external parties, especially the scientific community and Principal Investigator teams
Experience of the organisation of international scientific projects or campaigns 
•    Research/publication record 

Behavioural competencies 
Result Orientation 
•    Operational Efficiency 
•    Fostering Cooperation 
•    Relationship Management 
•    Continuous Improvement 
•    Forward Thinking 
•    Communication 


A PhD in planetary sciences is required. 

Additional requirements 

Knowledge of Mars missions is required. Experience in the analysis and interpretation of planetary mission data is required. Experience in the development of instruments for space missions, their operation and archive is an asset, as is the ability to coordinate projects in parallel. Experience in communications and outreach with the science community and general public is an asset. 

The closing date for applications is 22 April 2021. 

For more information on how to apply, please click the "Apply" button.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Competitive Salary
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 23, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, April 23, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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