Ground Station Operations Engineer @ EUMETSAT [Deadline: 22nd March 2021]

We are looking for a Ground Station Operations Engineer with experience in providing services to the PRD department for the development and operations preparation of multiple programs focusing on external interfaces and ground station aspects.

Location of work: Darmstadt, Germany.

Due date for application: 22nd March 2021.

Preferred start date: Flexible

The key persons will provide services to the Operations Ground Stations and External Interfaces (GSEI) Team. This includes ground stations operations, monitoring, reporting and validation. The key persons will initially provide service to the operations preparation across missions including Jason CS, MTG, EPS-SG and Copernicus Sentinel 3 and then, the tasks of the key persons will evolve to day-to-day operations.

Candidate Profile

Ideally the Key person shall have the following attributes:

–     Relevant experience in provision of service in the field of operational ground stations engineering.

–      University degree (or equivalent) in an engineering or scientific discipline relevant to the job profile (e.g. telecommunications, electronics, radio frequency or equivalent.) or proven experience in ground stations (TT&C and Mission Data Acquisition) in a real-time 24/7 spacecraft operations environment, ideally in an Earth Observation environment.

–      At least two years’ experience in the operations of complex ground stations systems (TT&C and Mission Data Acquisition) in support of multiple Geostationary (GEO) and/or Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft, and experience of verification and validation of such systems.

–      Very good strengths in analysis, synthesis and presentation skills.

–      Very good interpersonal, communication and reporting skills and an ability to apply these to the interactions within a team and between teams in a multi-disciplinary context.

–      The ability to learn and develop the needed skills and knowledge to contribute to the operations of the service, including the ability to rapidly absorb, and make use of, information presented in written and oral communications in a dynamic context.

–      A systematic approach to work, be able to plan their work and to cope with tight schedules and multiple tasks.

–      The ability to work effectively under pressure and to manage complex tasks with minimum supervision.

–      The capability to write accurate, concise, focused and consistent technical documentation and reports.

–      The Service Manager shall have demonstrated experience in managing service teams.

Furthermore, it would be highly desirable for the key person to have practical knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Major upgrades or evolutions of operational ground stations;
  • Definition and implementation of verification and validation activities of ground stations;
  • Definition, verification and validation of interfaces between ground stations and ground segments,
  • Diagnosis and correction of first-line ground stations’ hardware and software failures;
  • Preparation of requirements, design, interfaces and testing documentation;
  • Document management and configuration control processes;
  • Definition of user interfaces for operations (HMI, reports, etc.);
  • Relevant technical standards (e.g. ECSS, CCSDS);
  • Baseband operation and configuration;
  • Dataminer, Monitoring and control tool, o Space Link Extension (SLE) operation and/or configuration


While the official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French, the working language for the position is English and therefore the Key Person must be able to work effectively in this language.


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