Wanted: Systems Engineer for Laser Satellite Communication

  • hours: 40 Hour
  • Education level: Academic / WO
  • Locatie: Leiden

Wanted: Systems Engineer for Laser Satellite Communication

At Airbus Netherlands we work at the frontiers of technology in one of the most challenging and rapidly changing industries: space. Our products and services - including solar arrays, launcher structures, instruments & services, mechanical & thermal products and communication & control 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 the air quality.

At our state-of-the-art facilities in Leiden and Oegstgeest, 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 key to our success, also within the Airbus family that we are proudly part of. 

Job description

Airbus Netherlands is expanding its business into free space optical communication. We are developing ground stations as well as terminals on aircrafts that communicate with satellites. As Systems Engineer for Laser Satcom you will be the technical lead for the development of these systems, from proposals up to development and realization. Among other tasks, you will act as the systems architect, managing the requirements, guiding teams of technical specialists, delivering technical designs and system performance calculations and you will interface with customers, partners and suppliers. Additionally, you will support product / business development and have a key role in defining the optical communication strategy for Airbus Netherlands

What it takes

  • You have completed a technical, academic university education, supplemented with at least ten years of working experience of which at least three years in the field of optical communications.
  • You have experience in the space industry and you are a technical expert in the field of optical communications.
  • Your background is in communication technology, control, electronics, software, optics and / or photonics.
  • You are result-driven, pragmatic and proactive.
  • You are organized and capable of managing scope, costs, risks and people.
  • You have strong communication and negotiation skills and great commercial awareness.
  • You are a strategic thinker and capable of navigating through challenging political environments.
  • You are at least for 60% of your time located in the Leiden facility. It is allowed to partly work from home.
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written.

Our offer and your application

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

Are you ready for this challenge? Upload your application letter and CV via our online application button before May 15th 2023 TBC.

For questions, please send an e-mail to Jeroen Augustijn (Team Leader Engineering) j.augustijn@airbusds.nl


Key words

Optical satellite communication, laser communication, systems engineering, lead engineer, communications, control, optics, photonics, electronics, software, space, satellites 


Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. A pre employment screening will be part of the selection procedure.

NB: agency calls are not appreciated.

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
+31 (0)71-5245000