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Industrial or Civil Mechanical Engineer

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Job title description

Industrial or civil engineer specialized in mechanics, electromechanics, mechanical engineering, aerospace.

Division, context

Within the mechanics department of the engineering department, you will work in a team of engineers and technical staff specialising in the design and realisation of instrumentation and equipment used to support scientific projects. This includes both instrumentation for ground level measurements and equipment placed on board satellites for the study of the earth's atmosphere or the atmospheres of other planets. All this is often done in partnership with the Belgian space industry.


More specifically, the responsibilities will consist of:

  • the design, construction and assembly of mechanical components and structures for use on the ground and in space, in the context of the 3DEES project;
  • the analysis of technical documents published by ESA;
  • participation in technical discussions with ESA engineering departments and manufacturers of satellites and related systems;
  • preparation of technical reports and specifications;
  • among other things, he/she will be responsible for making a synthesis of the properties of the satellite datasets for end users and for the developers of algorithms.
Required competences
  • a degree in Industrial Engineering or Civil Engineering (mechanical/electromechanical/space engineering) or equivalent by experience;
  • a good theoretical and practical knowledge of mechanics, in particular of materials, surface treatment, tribology, opto-mechanical elements and mechanisms;
  • practical experience of techniques for working materials and creating mechanical parts;
  • practical experience with mechanical design systems (3D CAD drawing packages);
  • thorough command of Office software tools for document creation, spreadsheets and project management in a Windows or Linux environment;
  • good notions of mixed Microsoft/UNIX/Linux software environments and IT tools such as e-mail, web browsing, FTP, ...
  • fluency in Dutch, French and English, as the candidate will need to be able to deal with staff from both language roles and foreign staff at BIRA-IASB;
Offer and benefits
  • the position is a full-time job on a contractual basis. The contract is for a fixed term (12 months) with an option for an indefinite term contract;
  • salary according to the federal career of contractual scientific staff;
  • when calculating seniority, any experience (public + private sector) relevant to the job offered is taken into account;
  • possibility of obtaining a bonus for bilingualism (Dutch/French);
  • possibility of attending training courses (during working hours);
  • reimbursement of public transport for commuting between home and work, and for the use of bicycles;
  • various social and cultural benefits: museum card, hospitalization insurance, discounts with Fed+ card...;

After evaluation of the application letters, the selected candidates will be invited for an interview, or a teleconference.

Send your CV to Dr. Ir. Eddy Neefs via, and in cc to with reference "H20_IM"
3DEES design
More about BIRA-IASB

The Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) is a Belgian Federal Scientific Institute.

Since its founding in 1964, BIRA-IASB has been conducting research and providing public services in space aeronomy, i.e. the physics and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere and other planets, and outer space.

Our scientists use instruments on the ground, in the air, on board balloons or in space and computer models.