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[Met-jobs] Moltek -Senior Ocean Colour Scientist Support

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:25:41 +0000

MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, 
providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from 
private and public corporations to national and international authorities and 
We are looking to further enhance our team by 
Senior Ocean Colour Scientist Support
You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in 
Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this 
large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment 
with challenging tasks and responsibilities.
Your Tasks Include:
The activities for this consultancy will include scientific and engineering 
aspects related to the scientific support to both Sentinel-3 OLCI Level-l TOA 
Radiance products and Level-2 Ocean Colour products. This will include 
contributions to the scientific development, maintenance, Level-l and Level-2 
processors, instrument calibration, algorithm and product validation, 
verification, routine monitoring and offline analysis of Level-l and Level-2 
OLCI marine data products in support of the Copernicus Sentinel-3 marine 

The requested support is for the Sentinel-3 OLCI Ocean Colour product chains; 
nevertheless, assistance with other marine activities may be required. EUMETSAT 
disseminates Ocean Colour Third Party Data to Copernicus Marine Services and is 
in the process of developing OC-related products from its own mandatory 
missions. The OLCI CalNal activities will require inter-comparisons with Third 
Party Ocean Colour data sets.

The tasks and responsibilities will include:
•       Support to validation and verification of Level-2 Ocean Colour 
algorithms and Level-2 and Level-3 products; 
•       Support to OLCI instrument characterization and calibration and to 
verification of Level-1 products; 
•       Support to the scientific and engineering development of calibration 
and validation methods as well as implementation of new tools and utilisation 
of existing tools;
•       Support to the development of new tools for product processing 
monitoring and utilisation of existing tools; 
•       Investigation of anomalies and issues related to Level 1 and Level 2 
product quality; 
•       Support to the set-up and operation of product quality monitoring and 
reporting tools;
•       Contribution to the analysis, assessment and maintenance of L1/L2 Ocean 
Colour satellite data processors and algorithms; 
•       Contribution to scientific development of algorithms to support Cal/Val 
•       Contribution to the execution of scientific support studies.

The consultant will work in a matrix structure providing cross-divisional 
support to the Copernicus Sentinel-3 Operations Team and will be a member of 
the oceanography team of experts and scientists of the RSP/MA-Section of the 
TSS Department. 
The support will involve cross-divisional interactions and interface with 
experts in various disciplines (system engineering, instruments, operations, 
science), as well as Cal/Val experts.

Your Profile:

Scientific support consultancy is sought mainly in the areas of optical imaging 
for oceanography products, in particular for Ocean Colour products.
The consultant shall have the following mandatory experience and background:
•       University degree in remote sensing, oceanography, physics, or 
•       Good inter-personal skills in support of team work;
•       5 years or longer experience with satellite Ocean Colour;
•       Hands-on experience with the calibration and the validation of remote 
sensing products;
•       Hands on experience with the development of calibration and product 
validation methods and tools; 
•       Familiarity with the precursor to the Sentinel-3 Ocean Colour mission; 
•       Experience with operational satellite data processing; 
•       Mandatory 5 years of scientific programming skills (C++, IDL/PV-WAVE 
and ENVI or equivalent);
•       Skills in writing technical and scientific documents; 
•       Familiarity with Linux programming environment and Microsoft Office.

The following experience would be highly desirable:
•       Experience with calibration and characterization of Ocean Colour 
instruments and with calibration validation;
•       Experience in the development and validation of Ocean Colour data 
•       Experience with the development of product monitoring tools;
•       Experience with large data sets.
The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person 
must be able to work effectively in this language. Good communication skills 
are essential for the fulfillment of the tasks requiring interaction. 
For more detailed information about MOLTEK go to:

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