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Senior Advisor, Space Transportation and Space Technology

Norway is a member of the European Space Agency (ESA) and has since the ‘90s contributed with industrial deliveries to satellite and rocket systems developed by international actors, including the European heavy-lift space launch vehicles Ariane 5 and 6 and Vega C and E. Norwegian actors also develop innovative technology for the satellites and rocket systems of the future.

We are seeking candidates who can fulfil the role as delegate to ESA on behalf of Norway and thereby also contribute to the safeguarding of Norwegian interests. It is a requirement that you are extroverted and are able to operate in the interface between policy and applied science. The delegate role will involve participation in the Programme Board for Space Transportation and other relevant committees. 

An important task for NOSA is to be able to contribute to the competitiveness of Norwegian space industry in international markets and that space activities are utilised for innovation and adaptation also outside of the space industry. We are seeking a person who can contribute to this work through technical advice and allocation of means to Norwegian enterprises and development communities. Knowledge and competence regarding the upstream component of the supply chain will be a considerable advantage.

Furthermore, we are seeking candidates who are familiar with the use of new, effective development processes and the use of commercial components in this part of the supply chain, also referred to as Newspace. Detailed knowledge regarding rocket technology and launches is favourable, but not a requirement. You should have a good understanding of and interest in space technology and systems, as well as relevant trends and financial and policy aspects.

Domestically, a launch site for small satellites is being built on Andøya and in the summer of 2020, the Norwegian Government allocated NOK 365 million for the development of this base. This effort will put Norway in an even stronger position in the field of international space activities. The launch base is being developed by Andøya Spaceport, in cooperation with industry and authorities. The position will to an extent involve serving as a technical advisor to the public authorities and will also involve providing technical assistance to Andøya Space. 

You will also contribute in relation to other relevant technical areas according to need and competence, relating to enterprise development and national space infrastructure.

Education and experience

  • It is a requirement that you have a relevant science or engineering education from a university/university college at the master’s level.
  • We are seeking candidates who have competence in the development of space technology and systems, with relevance to space transportation. 
  • Experience from international cooperation and delegate activities in international organisations will be advantageous. 
  • Knowledge of Norwegian and international space activities and international efforts in the space sector will be advantageous.
  • Experience from management/coordination of professional groups and projects will be advantageous. 

Personal qualities

  • Structured, analytical and creative
  • Relationship building skills
  • Good communication skills, both orally and written 
  • Initiator and independent and at the same time a good team player

The working languages are Norwegian and English. The applicant must have a strong command of the English language, both orally and written. Norwegian language skills is not an absolute requirement but applicants must at least display a clear motivation to learn Norwegian. The work entails travel activities both domestically and internationally. 

Women are encouraged to apply.

The Norwegian Space Agency is seeking to be an undertaking with as much diversity as possible among its employees. Persons with an immigrant background, persons with disabilities or absence from work, education or training, are encouraged to apply.

The candidate must be qualified for a national security authorization at national BEGRENSET/Restricted level according to the Norwegian security act.

The Norwegian Space Agency can offer: 

  • A workplace where we combine practical, down-to-earth use with rocket science
  • Centrally located offices in Skøyen in Oslo and the possibility of some use of home office 
  • Good colleagues
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Flexible working hours and exercise during work hours

The position is categorised as senior adviser in the Norwegian Government salary scale with an annual salary of NOK 750.000 – 950.000 depending on experience and qualifications.

Please use this link when applying.

More information about the position can be obtained by enquiring with Director Jon Harr at tel. +47 906 41 665.

The deadline for applications is 28 March 2022.