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Mission Systems Engineer

LOCATION - Luxembourg

ispace Europe is seeking a highly motivated and talented Payload Systems Engineer to join its team and develop tomorrow’s lunar exploration technologies.

ispace is a Japanese company whose vision is to expand and sustain humanity’s presence in space by utilizing resources available on the Moon. The SORATO rover developed by Team HAKUTO, managed by ispace, won the Google Lunar XPRIZE Mobility Milestone award and is a finalist for the $20M Grand Prize.

ispace Europe is the company’s newest regional office located in Luxembourg, in the heart of Europe. With support from the Government of Luxembourg, we are designing ispace’s next rover missions that will prospect for lunar water and thereby set the first milestone toward lunar ISRU. We are a small team, motivated by the challenges of the Lunar Frontier, and determined to achieve the company’s vision. 



The Mission Systems Engineer will be responsible for supporting the end-to-end definition, development, integration, and operations of ispace Europe’s rover missions. The position requires a strong candidate exhibiting and practicing all the qualities expected of a skilled systems engineer: a cross-functional mindset, intellectual curiosity, always looking for gaps and means to bridge them, appreciation for process, proper paranoia, and an understanding of the system two levels up and two levels down. The candidate must be driven, continuously self-improving, and proud of her/his work.

More specifically, the Mission Systems Engineer will:

  • Drive the systems engineering process from concept through implementation & test
  • Coordinate configuration design studies between instrument providers and rover team in Japan
  • Write complex specifications and interface control documents
  • Support component selection and procurement
  • Work with the business development team to develop outstanding proposals
  • Establish value-added processes and tools that enable our start-up to continue to grow efficiently
  • Be conversant with lunar geology, the design of planetary science instruments, ISRU processes, and space policy on space resources
  • Speak up, identify risks and issues, define and manage mitigation plans
  • Travel occasionally to Japan and to vendor and instrument provider locations


  • Hold BS with 7+ years of relevant experience or MS with 5+ years of relevant experience in an engineering field relevant to this position
  • Must be knowledgeable in processes for spacecraft systems, subsystems and payload design, and assembly & test
  • Possess practical experience in one or more of the following: avionics or payload electronics, mass spectrometers, telecommunications, electrical power systems, thermal analysis, or integration and testing of aerospace systems
  • Proven record in developing operations concepts, processes, and procedures, and in-depth knowledge in planning and execution of spacecraft and instrument systems
  • Must able to quickly develop subject matter expertise in a specific subject
  • Exhibit sound judgment and deep understanding of system-level impact of design choices
  • Be highly organized and capable of planning and executing complex technical work with little oversight
  • Thrive in multi-disciplinary environment in close cooperation with engineering and business teams
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Show initiative, leadership, and positive can-do attitude
  • Be comfortable with change and fast-pace environment


  • Has experience with subcontract management
  • Has experience with development of rapid prototypes, test, troubleshoot, repeat
  • Practice MBSE and develop SysML models of spacecraft systems