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Head of the Operations Development Division This post is classified A5 on the Coordinated Organisations' salary scale.
ESAC, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain
Under the direct authority of the Head of Department, the Head of the Operations Development Division in the Operations Department, Directorate of Science, is responsible for developing the science operations of the Directorate's missions, following scientific requirements set by the respective project teams/scientists. For each mission, the Division is responsible for all activities associated with the pre-launch definition, implementation and verification of science operations as well as for successful completion of their inorbit commissioning and thereafter smooth transfer to the mission operations division. In performing these tasks, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with other Department and Directorate entities including the Science Support and Management Support Offices and the Future Missions and Science Projects Departments. The postholder is assisted by individual mission teams, each led by a Science Operations Development Manager.
Duties will include:
Candidates should have:
Applicants for this post should have a PhD or equivalent degree in physics, space science, solar system science or astronomy.
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The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required.
Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.
The closing date for application is 21 July 2017.
The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.
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Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States.
In accordance with the European Space Agency's security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment.