Control Engineer

  • hours: 36 - 40 Hour
  • Education level: HBO/WO
  • Locatie: Leiden

Are you the Control Engineer for our Laser Communications Systems developments we are looking for?

At Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands we work at the frontiers of technology in one of the most challenging and rapidly changing industries in the world: Space. Our products and services - including Solar Arrays, Launcher Structures, Instruments & Services and Laser Communication Systems - are among the best in the world. They enable missions that are of great importance for our everyday life on Earth, such as satellite navigation, communications, climate research and monitoring of air quality.

At our state-of-the-art facilities in Leiden and Oegstgeest, a team of over 250 dedicated professionals work on the design, development, assembly, testing and delivery of space products and services. We do that by thinking creatively in terms of solutions and by working with like-minded business partners. Intensive collaboration in our international community is the key to success, also within the Airbus family that we are proudly part of.

Job description

For our Optical Systems team we are looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic Control Engineer. You will work on the development of the new generation systems and instruments in challenging projects in the domain of Laser Communication Systems and Atmospheric Monitoring Instruments. The long term goal for the person in this role is to become a control specialist in the broad range of aspects of Optical Systems and Instruments. However you need to be flexible and open to both work as a Control Engineer in other fields and explore the interface with the other engineering disciplines. Besides control you have another key-competence like optics, communication, electronics,… that contributes to your versatility and makes you robust in the changing needs of the Space business.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Study the requirements of free Space Optical Communication systems and sub-systems from internal and external customers and convert them into necessary control requirements and parameters.
  • Design of Control Systems and sub-systems designs, perform required analyses and prepare verification plans.
  • Work in multi-disciplinary team with mechanical, thermal design, electrical, software and AIT experts in solving challenging problems.
  • Responsible for specifying the control components and sub-systems for production that meets the design requirements.
  • Document the designs in detailed design reports.
  • Perform system identification, loop shaping and control performance testing in the lab.
  • Analyze the final test results and report your findings and recommendations in the test report.

Coordination, preparation and execution of the test on location can be part of your responsibilities. You follow up with analysis and validation of the test results and write the corresponding test reports.

Next to project support we also expect you to actively follow the developments in your domain and inform your colleagues and team leader about these topics. While doing this you will work on building a network of internal and external peers and stakeholders.

What it takes?

You have a bachelor or master degree in Engineering with high content of Control. Besides Control you should have developed another competence such as Mechanical, Optical, Electrical or Communications. We are looking for someone with at least 3-5 years of work experience in Space or related High Tech industry. Space experience is a strong preference as you then better understand what it takes in Space to be successful!

You are able to demonstrate knowledge in Control and preferably Laser Communications and you have affinity with High Tech engineering in general.

You are a flexible and creative person who enjoys working in a team with different colleagues and customers. Your communication in English, both verbally and in writing, is clear and concise. You are aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and have a drive to constantly develop yourself. You are result driven and capable of managing your own work. You recognize yourself in:

  • Taking responsibility for the best solutions
  • Having an open/curious/result driven mindset
  • Proficient with analysis tools. (Matlab Simulink is a pre)
  • Broad interest, able to think outside own discipline and team
  • Being capable of supporting and if possible leading colleagues within your own knowledge area
  • Experience in Laser Communication business is an advantage
  • Having potential and ambition to grow to a specialist role

Our offer

We offer a fulltime job in a dynamic and international working environment, extensive opportunities for personal development and attractive working conditions.

  • Good salary and excellent working conditions
  • 27 holidays and 13 ATV
  • Flexible working hours
  • Possibility of working from home with a maximum of 40%
  • Pension scheme

Your application

To apply, please upload your application letter and CV via our online application form before February 17th, 2023. The interviews will take place in February.


About Airbus DS NL

Over 300 professionals with a great passion for technology work every day at Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands at the limits of what is possible in one of the most challenging industries in the world: Space.

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Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands B.V.

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2303 DB Leiden
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