Microwave Instrument Systems Engineer
Space Careers
Darmstadt, Germany
vor 1 Tg.

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency - monitoring the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful.

As a Microwave Instrument Systems Engineer, this is your chance to contribute to a world leading earth observation programme, set to generate global weather forecasting and climate monitoring benefits for many years to come.

This role is rooted in the mission of EUMETSAT and will provide the opportunity to work with leading IT, Space and Earth Observation organisations and domain experts to make a positive impact on society!


The EUMETSAT Polar System - Second Generation (EPS-SG) will secure the continuation of meteorological observations from the mid-morning polar orbit over a period of 21 years, starting in 2024 / 25, based on three successive pairs of Metop-SG A / B satellites.

EPS-SG will bring observations to a new standard, through the suite of innovative European instruments flown on the Metop-SG spacecraft.

These include the Scatterometer (SCA) and the Radio Occultation (RO) instruments.

Reporting to the EPS-SG Instrument Systems Manager, the Microwave Instrument Engineer will follow-up the ESA-led development of the RO and SCA instruments, acquire, maintain and share in-house knowledge on instrument design, performances and operations aspects.

As a member of the EUMETSAT Instrument Functional Chain Team and together with instrument scientists, system, ground segment and operations preparation engineers, the post holder will also be involved in the development, operations preparation and commissioning of the end-to-end RO and SCA instrument chains covering all functions from instrument commanding to delivery of products to users.


  • Act as the EUMETSAT technical interface to the ESA-led SCA and RO instrument project teams to ensure daily coordination of information related to design, test results, expected performances and operations of these instruments;
  • Follow the assembly, integration and testing of the SCA and RO instruments and relevant aspects of the Metop-SG satellite tests carried out under ESA responsibility;
  • Analyse and assess results of SCA and RO testing and qualification including any non-conformances and identify issues having potential implications for the design, development, performances, operations and commissioning of end-to-end instrument chains;
  • Follow up the development of SCA and RO Level 1 processing algorithms associated ground prototype processors and instrument data simulators, and assess their consistency with the instrument development and their suitability to support the development of operational Level 1 processing chains;
  • Act as technical interface to the ground segment team for all technical issues concerning the SCA on-ground transponders;
  • Support the operations preparation and commissioning of the SCA and RO end-to-end instrument chains in cooperation with ESA, focusing on instrument operability and performance validation;
  • Maintain and share relevant information and knowledge within EUMETSAT on the SCA and RO Instruments;
  • Support to other instrument development activities as required


    Excellent salary, in excess of Euro 7,500 NET (after income tax deductions) based on skills and experience

    Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave

    Full medical coverage for employee and family

    Attractive pension

    30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays

    Training and development support

    Relocation allowance and support (if applicable)


  • Proven engineering experience in the full development cycle of a space-borne radar or microwave instrument, preferably a Scatterometer or a GNSS receiver;
  • Knowledge of Level 0 and Level 1 microwave instrument data processing;
  • Knowledge of level 1 algorithms would be an advantage;
  • Experience in coordinating technical work with multiple and / or multi-disciplinary entities, preferably in an international environment;
  • Pro-active attitude and ability to work autonomously with a minimum of supervision;
  • Excellent team-working, communication, and presentation skills.


    University degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (eg Physics or Engineering)

    Applicants must submit their CVs in English.

    More about us

    EUMETSAT’s 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 and Cooperating 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 can recruit nationals only from the 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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