EUMETSAT – Instrument Systems Engineer



EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany
Closing date: 23 March 2020

EUMETSAT is developing its next generation geostationary satellite system, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG), in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).

The MTG space segment is composed of two types satellites, for imagery (MTG-I) and sounding (MTG-S) missions, equipped with highly innovative optical observation instruments. EUMETSAT will launch the first one MTG-S and two MTG-I satellites in the 2022-2025 period.

In the MTG Instrument Team of the Geostationary Programmes Division, the MTG Instrument System Engineer supports the analysis of the on-ground performances of the Lightning Imager (LI) of the MTG-I satellite and the Infrared Sounder (IRS) of the MTG-S satellite and the preparation and execution of their in-orbit verification.

On a long-term perspective, the MTG Instrument System Engineer will participate in the preparation and in-orbit verification of recurrent MTG satellites and the definition of the instrument requirements for the Meteosat Fourth Generation (M4G) system in the mid-2020s.


  • Assess the results of on-ground tests at instrument and satellite levels and the impact of non-compliances on expected performance, data processing and operations of the LI and IRS instruments, as a member of multi-disciplinary Instrument Functional Chain Teams;
  • Support the development of tools for the assessment of LI and IRS in-orbit operations and performances;
  • Support the LI and IRS operations preparation for commissioning and routine operations of the MTG-I1, MTG-S1 and MTG-I2 satellites;
  • Support the in-orbit verification and validation of the LI and IRS instruments and their data processing of the MTG-I1, MTG-S1 and MTG-I2 satellites;
  • Monitor the integration and testing of the recurrent LI and IRS instrument in collaboration with ESA, and assess the impacts of test results at the Pre-Storage Reviews for the MTG-I3, MTG-I4 and MTG-S2 satellites;
  • Support the definition of instrument requirements for the M4G programme, and assess the implications of performance requirements on instrument design;
  • Support the design and development programme.

Employment conditions

  • Excellent salary, in excess of Euro 6,500 NET (after income tax deductions) based on skills and experience
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave
  • Full medical coverage for employee and family
  • Attractive pension
  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays
  • Training and development support
  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable)

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years relevant experience in satellite optical instruments design, development, testing;
  • Experience of in-orbit verification/operations of optical Earth Observation instruments and analysis of optical instrument data would be an advantage;
  • Ability to document instrument concepts, requirements and analysis in a complete, concise and accurate manner;
  • Ability to assess the implications of performance requirements on instrument design and conversely the impact of instrument design choices on actual performances ;
  • Ability to assimilate new information and provide rapid, accurate impact analyses ;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, with a proven ability to apply these within and between teams;
  • Experience in working in inter-disciplinary teams including scientists and engineers is highly desirable.


A University degree in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science (Business), Software Engineering, or equivalent relevant experience gained in a Service Delivery role, preferably working with cloud based IT services in an operational and user oriented environment.


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