VN 24/07 Mission Control Applications Software Engineer

EUMETSAT · Darmstadt, HE, Germany

The EUMETSAT Mission Control Applications and Tools (MCAT) Competence Area is responsible for providing software maintenance and development of applications which are critical for all EUMETSAT satellite mission flight operations. As part of the evolution and re-engineering roadmaps, EUMETSAT is seeking a talented Software Engineer who will play a key role in the definition, design and development of future solutions for such systems. As key contributor, you will work on cutting-edge mission application projects that leverage web, cloud native and AI/ML technologies. Close cooperation with missions’ flight control teams will be essential and will offer you an enriching experience in the deployment and tailoring of systems under your responsibility into real missions’ operation contexts.


  • Responsible for the definition and development of scalable, reliable, and maintainable software application solutions in line with established roadmaps for future mission control applications;
  • Drive feasibility studies and prototyping activities supporting assessment of new architectures and technologies towards adoption decisions;
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams (e.g. quality and product assurance, configuration management) and application end users as well as being able to communicate technical concepts effectively to non-technical stakeholders;
  • Define and manage procurements of industrial service and development contracts and their execution;
  • Identify opportunities for optimisation and promote innovation within the engineering team, by staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and emerging technologies, to drive product excellence and cost effective solutions into space operation.

Skills and Experience

Knowledge and experience required:

  • Architectural and detailed design addressing solutions based on web front-end frameworks and components and back-end microservices with adoption and customisation of modern web and clouds software technologies including containerization (e.g., Docker) and container orchestration (e.g., Kubernetes);
  • Optimized and Agile methodologies for software development lifecycle management with specific attention to DevSecOps;
  • Any of Java, Javascript, Python software languages and related development environments, as well as associated open-source technologies;
  • Management of industrial maintenance and engineering service contracts;
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills, team spirit and service orientation;
  • Strengths in synthesising and presentation of complex problems and solutions.

Knowledge and experience in the following areas/systems would be a distinct advantage:

  • Understanding of machine learning concepts and algorithms as well as practical experience in developing and deploying ML models using libraries and frameworks (e.g., TensorFlow, PyTorch);
  • Knowledge of Mission control functions within a typical space mission flight operations sub-segment (e.g. Mission Control System, Flight Dynamics System, Mission Planning System, Satellite Simulator) or engineering support to flight control teams for routine mission operations.

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.)

Job Summary

Darmstadt, HE, Germany