Optical Imagery Scientific and Technical Service (m/w/d) [OPEN ENDED]

Job title: Optical Imagery Scientific and Technical Service

Customer: EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites)

Location of work: Darmstadt, Germany

Due date for application: OPEN

Preferred start date: Flexible


In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as remote sensing, meteorology, physics, IT and/or Computational Science, the key person shall have a minimum of three years of experience in the field of physical remote sensing, including involvement in processing of satellite data up to level 1 (L1) and/or Level 2 (L2) satellite data monitoring;


The key person shall also possess the mandatory skills as detailed below;


– Good written communication skills. These are essential for the fulfilment of the tasks;

– Skills in writing scientific/technical documents;

– Good analytical skills and ability to apply scientific expertise within the scope of the tasks;

– Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite;

– Fluency in English is mandatory; this is the working language at EUMETSAT, and all Contractors must be able to work effectively in this language both in written and spoken form.

– At least three years of experience in the field of physical remote sensing in one or more of the areas listed above, including involvement in processing of satellite data up to level 1 (calibrated / geolocated radiances) and/or level 2 (geophysical parameters), satellite data monitoring;

– Very good experience in scientific software development in Fortran, C/C++, knowledge of Java would be an advantage;

– Experience with the development of modular, clearly readable and adaptable scientific software is required, including the configuration control of the developed codes;

– Experience with source code management processes (in particular branch based development workflows, and peer code reviews) and tools (git, subversion);

– Very good skills in Python, especially with scientific Python modules (NumPy, SciPy, Dask, xarray, pandas), and Python visualisation modules;

– Fluency in command-line use on Linux/Unix platforms;

– Verification of operational product processing systems;

– Configuration control of software and data;

– Production monitoring and reporting;

– Quality control of satellite data and products;


Furthermore a sound knowledge and demonstrated ability covering any of the following areas will be considered an advantage:


  • Experience with the specification, development and validation of satellite data processing chains;
  • Utilisation of products from meteorological satellites;
  • Experience with calibration and product validation methods;
  • Experience with common UNIX/Linux development tools (e.g., make, automake/autoconf, debugging tools for multi-threaded applications, profiling tools); Experience in software unit, acceptance, system and integration testing;
  • Knowledge in radiative transfer;
  • Experience in the use of image processing software such as IDL or ENVI in a UNIX/Linux environment;
  • Experience with other scripting languages, such as Perl, MATLAB, etc…
  • Familiarity in manipulating analysis and forecast data from NWP models;
  • Experience in understanding and specifying requirements;
  • Experience in writing software documentation.



Are you up to the challenge of a new opportunity to evolve your career?

Send your CV to: jonothan.mackay@exostaff.de