VN 24/04 Remote Sensing Scientist - Radio Occultation

EUMETSAT · Darmstadt, HE, Germany

The Remote Sensing and Products (RSP) Division is tasked with providing the scientific expertise required to develop, implement, validate, maintain and evolve the operational observational products for all EUMETSAT satellites and agreed third party missions, as well as establishing the user requirements for future EUMETSAT satellite programmes. RSP offers the opportunity for top-level scientists to work in an unparalleled environment combining interdisciplinary collaboration and full end-to-end perspective of satellite missions. The activities encompass the space segment and ground segment development, integration, on-ground and in-orbit testing, monitoring during operations and support to end-users.

Within the Passive Microwave and Radio Occultation (PMRO) Competence Area of the Remote Sensing and Products Division (RSP), the Remote Sensing Scientist - Radio Occultation will be responsible for, and contribute to, the scientific development, maintenance, validation and quality monitoring of Radio Occultation and other Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) based remote sensing products.


The main duties of the post will be as follows:

  • Contribute to the establishment of requirements for radio-occultation and other GNSS-based remote sensing products from current and future satellite systems, based on interactions with the user community;
  • Instigate or lead internal and external scientific studies, relevant to the definition of products and processing algorithms for current and future satellite systems;
  • Develop and prototype processing algorithms, and contribute to the implementation, testing and validation of operational processors used to extract products from radio-occultation and other GNSS-based remote sensing measurements from EUMETSAT’s and third party satellites;
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the operational radio-occultation processors, including the scientific assessment of the quality of output products, and the implementation and validation of evolutions;
  • Provide product and processing expertise in support of re-processing for climate applications;
  • Actively co-operate and interact with the operational and research user community;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge about deriving products from space borne radio-occultation and other GNSS-based remote sensing measurements and how these are used in Numerical Weather Prediction and other applications.

Skills and Experience

  • In depth scientific knowledge of physics of GNSS radio occultation;
  • Knowledge of other GNSS-based remote sensing measurements, precise orbit determination, is an asset;
  • Extensive experience in processing of measurement data from space-borne GNSS missions;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of scientific processing software or prototyping;
  • Knowledge of operational applications of radio-occultation and other GNSS-based atmospheric soundings;
  • Experience in working with user communities and researchers;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills including demonstrated experience in writing scientific and technical documents;
  • Good interpersonal and team-working skills.

Employment Conditions

The initial contract will be of 4 years’ duration, with subsequent 5 year contracts being awarded thereafter, subject to individual performance and organisation requirements. There is no limit to the amount of follow-up contracts a staff member can receive up to the EUMETSAT retirement age of 63 and there are certainly opportunities to establish a long career perspective at EUMETSAT.
This post is graded A2/A4 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 7146 per month (net of internal tax but excluding pension contribution and insurances) which may be negotiable on the basis of skills and experience. The salary scale provides for increments on the anniversary of taking up employment, and scales are reviewed by the EUMETSAT Council with effect from 1 January each year. In addition to basic salary, EUMETSAT offers attractive benefits. Further information, including salary details, is available on the EUMETSAT web site.

EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women.
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.


EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its 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 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.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 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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Darmstadt, HE, Germany