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12.11.2021 | Eumetsat | Darmstadt
Remote Sensing Scientist– Altimetry (m/w/d)
EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency, operating satellites that monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful.

We are currently looking for an experienced Remote Sensing Scientist 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 the mission of EUMETSAT 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!

EUMETSAT’s activities in the ocean surface topography chain has substantially expanded with the development of the Copernicus Programme.

The Sentinel-3 marine mission is now fully operational. Operated by EUMETSAT, it has responsibility for delivering marine products and services from the Surface Topography Mission instruments.
The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich mission was successfully launched in November 2020.  EUMETSAT is responsible for the system, ground segment and operations of the mission, which will become the new reference altimetry mission after Jason-3. Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-6 satellites (including recurrent units) will thus provide, until at least 2030, essential topography products and services for operational oceanography.

Looking further ahead, EUMETSAT is starting the preparation of the future Copernicus altimetry missions to launch in the 2030s: these are the next generation of Copernicus satellites (Sentinel-3 Topography NG and Sentinel-6 NG) and the CRISTAL mission, decided as part of the High Priority Copernicus Missions, that will provide additional SAR altimeter measurements over the global ocean.
As a member of the Marine Applications Competence Area of the Remote Sensing and Products (RSP) Division, the Remote Sensing Scientist – Altimetry is a team leader, responsible for managing the altimetry team and leading related EUMETSAT processing and Cal/Val activities.

What you’ll be doing
· Manage the Altimetry team and its resources, including development of the scientific knowledge required to support the exploitation and evolution of EUMETSAT altimetry missions;
· Lead the definition of new or improved altimetry products and analyse functional and processing implications;
· Realise the Level 1 and Level 2 product definition, and perform any necessary in-house prototyping to support algorithm definition and algorithm selection for Level 1 and Level 2 processing;
· Lead and supervise the development or evolution of Level 1 and Level 2 operational processors.
· Assess requirements and priorities for calibration and validation of altimetry products and support the definition and execution of calibration and validation plans;
· Interact with the altimetry community of users of current ocean Level 1 and Level 2 altimetry products to collect and analyse their feedback on the relevance and quality of products and their requirements for new or improved products;
· Conduct internal studies and manage external studies on the definition of new products and candidate algorithms
Advanced university degree (or equivalent experience) in remote sensing, physics or other related degree.

Skills and Experience:
· Ability to lead and coordinate scientific teams, including management of performance and maintenance of key skills and knowledge;
· In-depth scientific knowledge of altimetry observations of the ocean, including measurement physics and retrieval algorithms, preferably in a complex operational environment;
· Experience in the definition and development of operational processors;
· Experience in calibration and validation activities for altimeters;
· Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills including demonstrated experience in writing scientific and technical documents.
· Experience in working with altimetry user communities and researchers. In addition, familiarity with the Copernicus Programme and Copernicus services in particular are an asset.

Wir bieten
· Excellent salary, of up to Euro 7,500 / month NET (after tax) based on skills and experience;
· Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;
· Private medical coverage for employee and family;
· Attractive final salary pension;
· 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;
· Training and development support;
· Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).

Salary: 7500 EUR / MONTH

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