J3284 Safety Engineer – ISS



A rare opportunity for an experienced safety engineer to join the Telespazio VEGA UK team, working on site at ESTEC, supporting human spaceflight and ISS safety analysis.


To join the Independent Safety Office, within the TEC Directorate, participating in safety reviews and assessments for International Space Station systems and payloads.

Responsibilities / Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Support the ESA Safety Review Panel chairman in the conduct of ESA safety reviews for the certification of International Space Station systems and payloads;
  • Provide technical support to projects for the interpretation of safety requirements and the preparation of the safety review data package;
  • Assess safety analyses and safety compliance data packages prepared by cargo items providers (industrial contractors, experimenters, National Agencies, ISS commercial users) and provide detailed written feedback;
  • Support safety review meetings as Operations Safety panel expert;
  • Review the implementation of entries in the ESA Operations Control Agreement Database (eOCAD);
  • Support ESA in the review of ISS Change Requests relevant to Safety requirements;
  • Execute any other safety engineering related task upon request of the ESA Technical Responsible;
  • Provide support to the ESRP Chairperson for the aspect associated to resolution of technical issues and conduction of safety reviews;
  • Provide safety engineering support to the ISS flight operations team;
  • Provide safety-engineering support during mission preparation and execution for anomalies and unplanned maintenance;
  • Provide safety assessment of on-orbit anomalies;

Qualifications / Experience

  • University Master’s degree (or equivalent) in relevant subject area

Essential Skills

  • Relevant experience in the design and engineering of safety critical systems;
  • Hands-on knowledge of the safety analyses and methodologies;
  • Experience in human spaceflight safety with emphasis on the application of ISS safety requirements and processes;
  • Knowledge of ISS systems, subsystems and payloads, of ISS safety requirements and their related implementation;
  • Extended understanding of the hazard which are intrinsic of a system and/or induced by space operations, and the way they are eliminated or controlled;
  • Knowledge of the way safety data are generated, validated and retained in support of the ISS programme safety certification;
  • Knowledge of Configuration Management;
  • Extensive knowledge of system safety engineering principle, methods and processes;
  • Knowledge of ISS operations environment.

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of ESA and NASA safety certification process, including verification methods and procedures is an asset;
  • Familiarity with space product assurance practices is an advantage;


  • Good interpersonal, organization and communication skills, with the ability to work in a diverse team environment;
  • Capacity to handle complex situations and complex environment;

Further Details        

All roles within Telespazio VEGA have a defined closing date, however if a successful candidate is found before the advert expires the role will be closed early.  We would therefore advise any candidate to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Closing Date for applications is 6th December 2019

Location of the position is ESTEC, Netherlands.

To apply : Please send your CV and covering letter to careers@telespazio.com

By sending your CV to careers@telespazio.com you give your consent for Telespazio VEGA to hold and process your personal information for the purpose of the application.


Competitive Package covering salary, generous holiday allowance, training plan and more


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

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