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System Engineer Optical

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Work area

South Holland



Level of education

Academic / WO




Aviation / Space Travel




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System Engineer Optical

From24-07-2018 LocationLeiden HoursFull-time EducationAcademic / WO



Wanted: System Engineer Optical to expand our portfolio of optical instruments for earth observation and other applications.


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, EGSE and Mechanical Thermal products - 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, 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.


System Engineer Optical


Job description

As System Engineer, you are responsible for the development of (complex) optical systems. This can be an instrument for earth observation or a system for optical communication with satellites. You review the technical requirements in the context of its environment and you discuss and negotiate these with the customer. You conduct trade-offs to arrive at the best possible solution and with your team you derive specifications for suppliers and subcontractors and you ensure that these can be achieved within the boundaries of time and cost.. You establish a development plan and make sure that it is followed so that the customer acquires what is agreed on time, on cost and on quality. You work on challenging projects such as the development of a state-of-the-art aerosol instrument for a NASA mission or of a ground station for optical communication.


What it takes

You have a university degree (Masters or PhD) in Physics or another relevant subject and at least 10 years of working experience whereof 5 years in the field of optical instrumentation. You can express yourself fluently in English  both in speech and in writing. You are flexible and creative and you work constructively with colleagues, strategic partners and customers. You are result-oriented and able to plan and structure your own work as well as that of others. In addition, you have good analytical and communicative skills.


You recognize yourself in the following profile:

  • Independent / Process conscious
  • Open attitude / Curious / Driven
  • Team leader / Planner
  • Oversees and connects disciplines
  • Leads specialists based on an integrated development plan
  • Able to share knowledge with colleagues, inside and outside the field


About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.


Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands is part of the Airbus division Airbus Defence and Space, which is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees, generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.


Our offer

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



To apply, please upload your application letter and CV via our online application form. An assessment can be part of the selection process.


NB: agency calls are not appreciated.


Keywords: System Engineer, Development, PHD, Physics, Natuurkunde, High Tech, Optical Instrumentation, Aerospace, Space



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