What Do You Actually Do?
Engineer - European Space Agency
Neil studied Physics with Philosophy at York and has been working at the European Space Agency since 2002. His full job title is Parabolic Flight and Drop Tower Coordinator and Payload Systems Engineer. Listen to the episode to find out more about exactly what he does, how he managed to get the job and his advice for students wanting a similar career. The transcript and useful links are on our blog.
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After graduating with an MPhys in 2002 I joined ESA as a trainee in their Education Office. I learnt Systems Engineering and Team Management via a series of intense, hands-on projects. Head-hunted for a staff post in the Human and Robotic Exploration Directorate in 2008, I now develop payloads for various missions (including the International Space Station), and run ESA's Parabolic Flight Programme.