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Space Science and Technology Advisor

Your mission will be to contribute to the development of the Swiss Space Center and its flagship project IGLUNA.

Duration : Start 1 November 2020, fix-termed (9 months duration), 80% work rate.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support student teams to set-up and update top-level requirements of their projects (including mission statement)
  • Cross-checking and iteration of requirements and interfaces (mass, volume, power, heat budgets, …)
  • Definition of evaluation criteria for reviews (PDR, CDR, RR)
  • Provide expertise in systems engineering and technological questions to student teams and coaches
  • Establishing and following Student Documentation to be filled by student teams for reviews
  • Provide review presentation template to student teams
  • Deliver statement of compliance to discuss with core team concerning the student projects statuses (pass / no pass) after reviews
  • Support with content and agenda definition of project events (kick-off, mid-term and field campaign).
  • Guide student teams for permissions needed at customs to transport their equipment
  • Identification, design, commissioning and set-up of specific equipment, infrastructure or services required to enable the challenge itself. Examples are: the transport of the equipment to the test site (logistics), obtaining top-level permissions if applicable (i.e. drone flights, frequency management with BAKOM), set-up of test bed, control room and services for remote control operations.

Your profile:

For this position you have a university degree in the domain of Engineering ideally focused in Space Technology. You have proven experience leading student projects and a good understanding of System Engineering. A good knowledge in space technologies as well of the Swiss space landscape both at academic and industrial levels are an asset.
You focus on results, follow a structured approach to your work, and keep the overview, even in hectic moments, without losing sight of the details. To assume new tasks and constantly improve processes is in your nature, and you have imagination and motivation to bring in and implement your own ideas. You are willing to travel within Switzerland, and are able to communicate fluently in German and English.
You are self-motivated and take initiative to get things done, but above all you are a genuine team player and your open personality allows you to work with ease with persons from varied backgrounds. We would be happy to find in you the right person to become a member of our team and join in to build and strengthen the Swiss Space Community.

We offer:

  • The fascination of working in the space domain
  • Motivated team players in a dynamic environment
  • Hands-on project experience in an international and interdisciplinary setting
  • Access to the Swiss space network

If interested by this position, please send your application via the EPFL job portal.

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