Instrument Data Processing Engineer

Website germany_cs DER/PLC/21/40

Deadline to apply: 21st July 2021

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The key person will support our customer during routine operations of Copernicus Sentinel Spacecraft including the operations build-up and the operations, engineering and scientific activities to be undertaken as part of the routine operations of the satellite system for the Copernicus Sentinel Mission.


Mandatory skills :

In addition to having an University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the Key Person shall have the following mandatory skills:

  • Experience of the operation of real-time, complex, satellite instrument data processing systems;
  • Demonstrated experience in near real time, data driven, automated systems with large computer networks;
  • Significant experience of validating complex remote sensing data processing systems;
  • Demonstrated experience with UNIX/Linux operating systems.

Additional skills (considering as an added value) :

  • Imaging / sounding / surface topography instrumentation for remote sensing spacecraft;
  • Demonstrated experience of Instrument data and product processing (Level-0 to 2) of meteorological and/or earth observation products;
  • Development and maintenance of operational procedures / configuration data;
  • Programming languages (e.g. C, C++ and IDL);
  • Scripting languages and databases (e.g. Perl, Python, shell, Oracle);
  • Spacecraft and/or ground segment operations;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of geophysical remote sensing data processing, calibration and validation.


The key person(s) (Instrument Data Processing Engineer(s)) shall perform tasks related to instrument data processing in support of the Copernicus Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS), during current routine operations, as well as for the operations build up and the routine operations phase for the dual satellite system. The tasks cover the operation of the different data processing components, which include:

  • Data ingestion, processing and product distribution;
  • Data and Product analysis;
  • Operational performance monitoring and reporting, including the development, documentation and maintenance of the relevant tools for e.g. production statistics
    generation and reporting, PDGS monitoring and reporting;
  • The testing and the implementation of new products;
  • The setting-up, implementation and update of operational procedures and documentation;
  • Anomaly investigation;
  • First line maintenance, including on-call support;
  • Co-ordination with external organisations and service providers;
  • Attendance at technical meetings;
  • Participation to formal reviews.

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