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[Met-jobs] EPS-SG VII Scientist

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:55:32 +0000

We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a
EPS-SG VII Scientist
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:
The activities for this consultancy will include scientific aspects related to 
the development of the product processing functions of the VII mission in the 
EPS-SG ground segment. The key person will provide consultancy to the Remote 
Sensing and Products Division of the Technical and Science Support Department. 

The tasks of the Contractor via its key person will include: 
•       Prototyping, validation (using proxy data) and scientific development 
of product generation functions; 
•       Refinement of product generation specifications; 
•       Refinement of product contents and format specifications; 
•       Refinement of auxiliary data specifications; 
•       Preparation of test data; 
•       Preparation of calibration-validation plans; 
•       Contribution to the generation of performance budgets; 
•       System meetings and activities of instrument functional chain teams 
(IFCT); (The IFCT addresses the instrument chains in an interdisciplinary 
end-to-end fashion, i.e. from ingestion of radiance or other signals by an 
instrument up to the conversion of the data into products to be delivered to 
•       Participation in ground segment and/or instrument reviews, progress and 
technical meetings. 

The consultancy will involve close cross-divisional interactions and interface 
with experts in various disciplines (system engineering, instruments, ground 
segment, operations, science). 

The VII level 2 (geophysical) products are to be generated, with the exception 
of the cloud masking procedure which will be based on threshold techniques, 
using 1DVar (aka Optimal Estimation) algorithms that employ direct use of fast 
radiative transfer models. 
The products include cloud and atmospheric humidity parameters. Baseline 
algorithms are specified and will be incrementally implemented as part of the 
PDAP procurement during the period of this support consultancy. 
Working in parallel to this, the consultant will support a focus on algorithm 
prototyping, using simulated and real proxy VII observations, validation and 
scientific analysis that may lead to updates to the algorithm specifications 
and methods. 
The work will be carried out in an existing bespoke test environment which is 
predominantly coded in the IDL language – object oriented for the framework and 
procedural for the algorithms. 
These activities are being complemented by studies performed by research 
institutions, the results of which will also likely lead to modifications and 
updates. Updates will be integrated in an efficient and cost effective way into 
the PDAP procurement or deferred to so-called ‘day-2’ algorithms depending on 
the magnitude of the changes.

Your Profile:

The key person shall have the following experience and background: 
•       University degree in remote sensing, meteorology, oceanography, 
physics, or equivalent; 
•       At least three years of proven experience in the field of optical 
remote sensing in one or more of the areas listed in section 3; 
•       A good understanding of visible and infrared atmospheric radiative 
transfer including in the presence of clouds and aerosols. 
•       Experience with the NWPSAF community fast radiative transfer model 
RTTOV (Version 11 or above); 
•       A good understanding and preferably direct experience of 1DVar 
inversion techniques. 
•       A good understanding and preferably direct experience of cloud 
detection algorithms for meteorological imaging instruments. 
•       Good skills with procedural- and a working knowledge of object 
oriented-IDL programming; 
•       Fluency in command-line use on Linux/Unix platforms; 
•       Skills in writing scientific/technical documents, in particular using 
Microsoft Office; 
•       Working knowledge of source code version control, preferably SVN; 
•       Familiarity with NetCDF data format; 
•       Good inter-personal skills in support of team work; 

The following experience would be an additional asset: 
•       Good skills in a high-level, compiled programming language, such as 
Fortran, C/C++, Java; 
•       Experience in understanding and specifying requirements; 
•       Experience with the specification, development and validation of 
satellite data processing chains; 
•       Experience with calibration and product validation methods; 

The key person shall be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and 
disciplined manner, shall be able to work calmly and correctly under stress and 
must be able to work without supervision. The key person is expected to support 
a team and may be called upon to present his/her work therefore good 
communication skills are a necessity. 
The official languages are English and French. The working language for the 
position is English and therefore the key person must be able to work 
effectively in this language.

REFERENCE: 17-214188
LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany
CLOSING DATE: 2nd May 2017
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 
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