Optical Instrument System Engineer


Direct Entry Job 4 years Darmstadt, Germany

Uploaded 6 May 2020

Job Description

EUMETSAT is developing the EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation (EPS-SG) that includes Metop-SG A and Metop-SG B satellites developed and procured through ESA. The EPS-SG mission will monitor weather and climate from the mid-morning polar orbit over a period of 21 years starting in 2024/25, based on three successive pairs of Metop-SGA/B satellites.

With the exception of IASI-NG and METimage, all Metop-SGA instruments are developed and procured under ESA responsibility, including two optical instruments, the Multi-viewing, Multi-channel and Multi-polarisation Instrument (3MI) and the Copernicus Sentinel-5 UV-to-SWIR spectrometer.

Reporting to the EPS-SG Instrument Systems Manager, the EPS-SG Optical Instrument System Engineer will follow up the ESA-led development of the 3MI and Copernicus Sentinel-5 instruments, acquire, maintain and share in-house knowledge on instrument design, performances and operations aspects. As a member of the EUMETSAT Instrument Functional Chain Teams involving also instrument scientists, system, ground segment and operations preparation engineers, he/she will support the development, operations preparation and commissioning of the end-to-end 3MI and Sentinel-5 instrument chains covering all functions from instrument commanding to delivery of products to users.

Person Specification

  • Proven engineering experience in the full development cycle of a space-borne optical instrument;
  • Experience in on-ground calibration of optical instruments would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of Level 0 and Level 1 processing of optical instrument data processing;
  • Knowledge of level 1 algorithms would be an advantage;
  • Experience in coordinating technical work with multiple and/or multi-disciplinary entities, preferably in an international environment;
  • Pro-active attitude and ability to work autonomously with a minimum of supervision;
  • Excellent team-working, communication, and presentation skills.