September 2011
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[Met-jobs] Scientific Documentation Writer

From "Simon Davidson" <>
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Date Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:45:07 +0100

HAMTEC Consulting a provider of quality staff to the aerospace industry.


We are currently seeking a University educated scientific writer who shall have a minimum of 3 year’s experience in scientific documentation editing and maintenance.


Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Start Date: January 2012

Closing date: 21 October 2011




To provide support to the Atmospheric Applications section, the Surface and Atmospheric Sounding section, the Integration section, and the Climate section. The writers responsibilities will cover the preparation and maintenance of scientific documentation related to product definition, generation and validation.

The documentation related to product operations includes e.g. :

  • Product Generation Specifications,
  • Algorithm Specification Documents,
  • Product Guides,
  • Product Format Specifications
  • Product validation reports,
  • Commissioning reports.




  • The scientific writer shall manage documents which have a variety of life cycles, type of input, purpose and readership. The inputs to documents are provided by EUMETSAT meteorological scientists, product operation and product implementation engineers. The purpose of the documents includes defining systems for future implementation, describing and explaining products and processing for a large community of users, providing the results of verification and validation tests.


The tasks will generally include:


  • Collect input to documents from scientists and engineers;
  • Ensure consistency of style across documents;
  • Prepare draft documents for review and document issues for publication;
  • Prepare Web site contents;
  • Coordinate document releases with the User Services Division responsible for Web site contents;
  • Definition of scientific documentation maintenance procedures, including templates and guidelines for contributors;


Qualifications and Experience

  • A University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
  • A minimum of 3 year’s experience in scientific documentation editing and maintenance.



Essential Skills


  • Compiling documents from multiple contributors;
  • Processing of large text documents with Microsoft Word;
  • Processing of complex documents including images, equations, etc.;
  • Participating in document reviews;
  • Maintaining issues and revisions of documents;
  • Making portable documents;
  • Working within a Document management system.


Desirable Skills


·     Processing of meteorological and/or Earth Observation satellite data;

·     Knowledge of LaTeX;

·     Knowledge of Framemaker;

·     Knowledge of XML.




In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks


Please send you CV in English to:

Simon Davidson via

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