Systems Engineer for Laser Satellite Communication

  Full time (40 hours per week)

About this Job

We are currently looking for a Systems Engineer for Laser Satellite Communication to join the team in Leiden.

We are now expanding our business into free-space optical communication. We are developing ground stations as well as terminals on aircraft that communicate with satellites.

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Job Details

Systems Engineer for Laser Satellite Communication 

Main Responsibilities 

As Systems / Lead Engineer for Laser Satellite Communication, you will be the technical lead for the development of these systems, from proposals up to development and realization. Among other tasks, you will act as the system architect, managing the requirements, guiding teams of technical specialists, delivering technical designs and system performance calculations and you will interface with customers, partners, and suppliers. Additionally, you will support product/business development and have a key role in defining the optical communication strategy.


  • You have completed a technical, academic university education, supplemented with at least 10 years of working experience including at least 3 years in optical communications
  • You have experience in the space industry
  • You are a technical expert in the field of optical communications
  • Your background is in communication technology, control, electronics, software, optics and/or photonics
  • You are result-driven, pragmatic, and proactive
  • You have experience with managing a team (10-30 people) and/or lead engineers
  • You have experience in dealing with R&D partners, clients, and systems/parts suppliers
  • You are organized and capable of managing scope, costs, risks, and people
  • You have strong communication and negotiation skills and great commercial awareness
  • You are a strategic thinker and capable of navigating through challenging political environments
  • You spend at least 60% of your time in the Leiden facility
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written


Are you enthusiastic about becoming our new Systems Engineer for Laser Satellite Communication?

Apply via our application form, or send your CV and motivational letter directly to

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Our story

At S[&]T we contribute to a safer life on earth by translating space data into valuable and actionable insights. We oversee data from instruments to application, and apply our expertise within our software frameworks, information products and consultancy.

Our society relies on space and scientific instruments for climate change monitoring, navigation, defence and national security, and other crucial services we all use in our daily lives. These instruments produce an enormous quantity of complex data, and our goal is to unlock its value.

We have more than 20 years of experience working on instrument calibration, the creation of data quality monitoring tools, the development of real-time data processing frameworks, and the development of application-specific algorithms. With this, we help organisations, governments and industries to strengthen their information position and thereby improve their decision making. We focus on the following domains: Space & Science, Defence & Security, Environment & Sustainability, and High-Tech Consulting.

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How to apply

Would you like to hear more? Send your CV and motivational letter to or apply directly through our website.

Kindly note that acquisition from third parties (e.g. agencies) based on this vacancy is not welcome.