EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Research Fellowship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
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Internal Research Fellow
This post is classified F2.
ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Model-Based Systems Engineering in the Systems Engineering Division, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.
The Systems Engineering Division is responsible for:
ESA is introducing Model-Based System Engineering in the project lifecycle. Trial projects are on-going in several space mission projects in early phase and in parallel Research and Development activities have been initiated in order to consolidate the method, the process and define and develop a common set of tools adapted for space system engineering.
Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website: www.esa.int
Space system engineering, Model Based System Engineering and computer science.
You will conduct research in the area of Model Based for System Engineering.
Model-based engineering is an approach for the development of systems characterised by the use of models, for example visual modelling artefacts that serve as archetypes of the system under development, but mainly data digitalisation enabling tool support for transformation or verification, in order to improve the efficiency and productivity of the system development life cycle. Model-based systems engineering is the particular use of the set of aspects of model-based engineering specifically associated with systems engineering applied in a formal way to support lifecycle activities by providing the reference for engineering data.
“Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is the formalised application of modelling to support system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities beginning in the conceptual design phase and continuing throughout development and later life cycle phases.” INCOSE SE Vision 2020 (INCOSE-TP-2004-004-02, Sep 2007)
MBSE is therefore the enabling set of technologies (i.e. methods, tools, languages) that makes it possible to author the product artefacts in such a way that digital continuity is ensured all along the life cycle, across the disciplines, and through the supply chain. The artefacts produced enable a proper elicitation of relationships among the entities of the systems and the entities of the project of the system.
System complexity is at the root of our needs. Initially manageable by a single or a small team of system engineers, the complexity of some of our space systems begins to exceed what can be thoroughly encompassed by a human team. ESA has identified the following needs for system engineers: formal representations beyond textual descriptions, a controlled exchange of data supported by automated mechanisms, a structured knowledge of their system, an authoritative source of truth (consistent by construction), from which appropriate viewpoints may be extracted to communicate about the system, a dashboard with system engineering information to create consistent baselines of the system and to be able to initialise a system with a reusable set of consistent data, to grasp all relationships among all entities of the system.
The solution proposed to fulfil these needs relies on (i) semantic interoperability of the tools based on the definition of a global conceptual data model (ontology) and (ii) the definition of the reference architecture of a “system factory”, i.e. the software infrastructure that supports systems engineering.
The availability of this solution at industrial and agency level would make it possible to actually deploy MBSE in space projects. The purpose of the Research Fellowship is to perform research on MBSE and its application to space, propose and experience/implement solutions to the theoretical and practical issues raised in this deployment. This includes in particular:
You should have recently completed, or be close to completion of a PhD in a related technical or scientific discipline. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. In particular for this position, the following is required:
A PhD in Space System Engineering or Computer Science is required.
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.
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.
The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.
The closing date for applications is 25 January 2021.
In addition to your CV and your motivation letter, please add your proposal of no more than 5 pages outlining your proposed research in the "additional documents" field of the "application information" section.
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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, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Latvia and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).
Priority will first be given to 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