MTG Lightning Imager Data Processing Engineer [Deadline: 14 Jan 2016]

The tasks of the key person will typically include:

  • Provision of support to the development and evaluation of detector, electronic,radiometric, quality flagging, performance and calibration degradation correction and monitoring algorithms (detector, electronics and optical) and all other algorithms relevant for the LI 0-1b data processing. For INR / geolocation algorithms support from LI side towards algorithms provided by other sources is anticipated.
  • Provision of support to the development and evaluation of appropriate LI triggered event filtering / flagging algorithms for 0-1b and 1-2 data processing, with emphasis on the 0-1b data processing.
  • Provision of support to the development of prototype software code for the purposes of testing and verification of the developed LI 0-1b algorithms.
  • Provision of support to the development of a reference processor for LI, from level-0 to level-1b, within EUMETSAT.
  • Provision of an Algorithm Theoretical Baseline Document (ATBD) for the LI 0-1b processing.
  • Provision of support to the generation of associated documentation including technical reports, etc.
  • Participation in the LI Instrument Functional Chain Engineering (IFCE) group.
  • Conducting and supporting external studies relevant for and related to the above activities, and analysing and evaluating the study results


In addition to having a (technical) university degree in Physics or a related subject (for example space and satellite engineering), the Key Person shall be in possession of the following mandatory skills for the fulfilment of the tasks listed above:

  • Demonstrable familiarity with satellite instruments characteristics for earth observation in the visible-near-infrared range of the spectrum and with their 0-1b calibration, as well as with relating physics processes in such satellite instruments to the relevant 0-1b data processing algorithms required to provide geophysically calibrated level-1b data.
  • Solid background in software engineering.
  • Capable of working both individually and independently on assigned responsibilities, as well as in the LI/MTG team where necessary.
  • Ability to write concise and comprehensive scientific and technical reports.
  • Good inter-personal and communication skills.

The following skills are considered an advantage:

  • Experience with scientific instrument data simulation, 0-1b data processing software development and prototyping/testing such software, for satellite instruments for earth observation.
  • Experience in software development in a Linux and/or Unix environment in C/C++.
  • Experience with the latest software development tools and methods.
  • Experience with specification, design and coding of 0-1b data processing systems for earth-observing satellite instrumentation.
  • Experience with software prototyping tools (e.g. Python, IDL) and software build environments and tools (e.g. make, imake).

Apply by sending an email to with an updated Curriculum Vitae.