EUMETSAT – Instrument Engineer for Future Copernicus Sentinel Missions



EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany
Closing date: 18 December 2019

EUMETSAT is currently looking

for an experienced Instrument Engineer to join the international team of young and inspiring engineers and industry professionals, tasked with driving innovation within the Space, Satellite and Earth Observation sector.


Copernicus is the European Union‘s Earth observation programme, coordinated and managed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and EUMETSAT. Its mission is to deliver high quality, wide range Earth observation services providing information to, among other things, improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure civil security.

The Instrument Engineer will follow-up the design and development of the optical CO2 monitoring mission (CO2M) instruments, simulators, algorithms and Level 1 ground prototype processors and support the EUMETSAT appropriation of information that is critical to the development of data processing chains and satellite operations – with a particular focus on the CO2 monitoring mission (CO2M).


  • Follow-up the evolutions of performance and operability requirements of the CO2M instruments in cooperation with ESA, and support the assessment of compliance with mission and system-level requirements;
  • Follow-up the ESA-led design and end-to-end development of the instruments, analyse and assess results of on-ground calibration, testing and qualification and support the assessment of the implications of non-conformances at system and data processing level;
  • Follow-up the design and development of the instrument’s simulators, algorithms and Level 1 ground prototype processors, assess their consistency with the instrument design and development and their suitability to support the development of operational Level 1 processing chains;
  • Participate in system, satellite and instrument reviews as appropriate;
  • In coordination with the ESA and EUMETSAT Mission/Project Scientists co-convening the CO2M Mission Advisory Group (MAG):
  • Assess the need and define requirements for additional tools needed for calibration, commissioning and validation of Level 1 products, and follow-up and support the development of agreed tools;
  • Follow-up the ESA-led assessment of in-orbit performances of the instruments during Satellite In Orbit Validation Tests;


  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 6,500 NET (after tax) monthly 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)


  • Engineering experience in the design and development of optical observation or space science instrument chains, including derivation of algorithm for instrument data processing;
  • Experience with grating spectrometers in the visible to shortwave infrared range would be a distinct advantage
  • Excellent team working, communication and presentation skills
  • Pro-active attitude and the ability to work autonomously with a minimum of supervision


  • University degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. Physics or Engineering)

Visit the EUMETSAT website for more information and how to apply


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