Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Advanced Manufacturing

Job Req ID:  15407
Closing Date:  11 July 2022
Establishment:  ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom
Directorate:  Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality
Publication:  External Only
Vacancy Type:  Internal Research Fellow
Date Posted:  13 June 2022



Internal Research Fellowship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.


ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Advanced Manufacturing techniques for the production of EEE components for space application


This post is classified F2 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom  or ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Our team and mission

The application of advanced manufacturing (AM) techniques such as ink jet deposition, or roll-to-roll printing of large-area electronics functions is increasing dramatically. The rapid development of this technology shows promising results across a wide range of electronics applications.


The aim of this project is to investigate the potential use of AM techniques to identify potential game-changing applications that could be used in space for the fabrication of individual electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) component functions through to complete subsystems. Examples of current AM applications for electronics include the fabrication of large-area roll-to-roll printed solar cells, additive layer 3D printing of electronic components in space, printing of conformal electronics on space craft structures e.g. to make novel sensors, phased array antennas, structurally embedded electronics, etc.


However, further work is required to (a) fully understand the industrial landscape and capabilities available in Europe (and overseas) for potential AM supply chains, (b) map out current and future state of art and emerging directions in this field, (c) identify the most promising potential space applications, (d) to assess if there are fundamental issues preventing advanced-manufactured EEE components/electronics functions being used in a space environment (radiation, vacuum, thermal environment, etc. ) through the testing of commercially available parts.


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Field(s) of activity/research

•    Electronics components
•    3D printing
•    Advanced manufacturing
•    Component testing
•    Space applications


Technical competencies

Ability to conduct research autonomously
Knowledge relevant to the field of research
Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities
Ability to gather and share relevant information
General interest in space and space research
Research/publication record

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking 


You should have recently completed, or be close to completing, a PhD in electronics, electrical engineering or another relevant subject. Preference will be given to candidates who have received their doctorate in the last five years.

Additional requirements

-    Experience in advanced manufacturing techniques (e.g. 3D printing) as used for the fabrication of electronic component functions (analogue, digital, RF, printed circuit boards) 
-    Expertise in materials and processing techniques that can be used for AM of electronic (EEE) component functions
-    Expertise in the testing of electronic component functions 
-    Knowledge of the application of EEE components and associated subsystems used in typical space applications is not mandatory, but would be an asset
-    In addition to your CV and motivation letter, please also include a research proposal of no more than 5 pages 

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.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.


For further information on the Internal Research Fellowship Programme please visit: Internal Research Fellowship


The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.


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.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities.  Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace.  The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at


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, Lithuania and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented or balanced 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 conducted by an external background screening service. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.