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Instrument Engineer for Future Copernicus Missions (VN19 48)

WorkplaceDarmstadt, Hessen, Germany

We are currently looking for an experienced

Instrument Engineer

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

This role is routed in EUMETSAT’s commitment to the European Union ’s Copernicus Earth observation programme and will provide the opportunity to work with leading IT, Space and Earth Observation organisations and domain experts to make a positive impact on society!


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).

More about us

EUMETSAT’s role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation’s Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

Your Tasks

  • 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;



  • 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)

We offer

  • 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)

Contact and Address

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT can recruit nationals only from the 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom).


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