Instrument Engineer (EUMETSAT)


Sapienza is looking to recruit an Instruments Engineer for MHS and NOAA to work with EUMETSAT in Darmstadt, Germany. He/she will provide Engineering and Management support for the activities mainly related to the MHS Instrument and the instruments provided by NOAA to EUMETSAT as Customer Furnished Items (CFI) to the Instrument Team of the Low Earth Orbit Division (LEO) at EUMETSAT.

Responsibilities of the Instrument Engineer

  • Support to MHS and NOAA Instruments Engineering Activities:
    • Participation to Metop satellite AIV, Launch and Commissioning activities relevant to the MHS and NOAA instruments, including operation of the MHS EGSE, data analysis, preparation of procedures and test reports (instrument ground testing at s/c level, end-to-end testing at system level, satellite in-orbit verification)
    • Maintenance of an up-to-date plan of Metop satellite AIV, Launch and Commissioning activities requiring support for the MHS and the NOAA instruments
    • Follow up all activities related to MHS carried out by the Airbus DS-UK and maintain a list of PDS activities and their status and expenditures
    • Follow up of all activities related to the NOAA instruments including AVHRR and SEM instruments on-ground calibration
    • Support in-orbit check-out / verification tests during Metop-C In Orbit Verification (IOV).
    • Investigation of on-ground and in-orbit instrument anomalies and support operations to the relevant recovery actions
    • Provide general support to the Metop Operations Team for MHS and NOAA instruments matters
    • Analyse and assess both on-ground and in-orbit performances of MHS and NOAA instruments
    • Participation to instrument reviews and other meetings with industry and other partners such as ESA, NOAA/NASA
    • Maintenance of regular contacts with the above mentioned EUMETSAT partners and industry in relation to MHS and NOAA instruments
    • Maintenance of a status list of MHS action items, non-conformances/anomalies, requests for waivers and deviations
    • Preparation and maintenance of instrument related documents, as well as presentation material (e.g. Instrument Operational Manuals)
  • Support to other Instruments:
    • Although support to MHS and NOAA instruments is the primary task of the Instruments Engineer, he/she may be requested to provide a similar type of management and engineering support to the LEO Instrument Team Leader for other instruments

Profile of the Instrument Engineer

  • University degree in Engineering or Physics
  • A background of at least 5 years in space hardware projects possibly with Earth observation instruments
  • Experience in project management positions or some exposure to it
  • The ability to follow satellite level Payload AIV activities
  • Some knowledge of PA/QA processes and procedures
  • Good general computing skills with familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • The experience and capability to fulfil the assigned tasks with the minimum of supervision and minimum training
  • The official languages of EUMETSAT 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
  • The following behavioural criteria and soft skills are required:
    • Capacity to express complex problems in a concise and simple way
    • Customer orientation
    • Ability to work as part of a team
    • Proactive
    • Result oriented
  • The following skills are regarded as advantageous for this position:
    • Previous experience in AIV/AIT
    • Experience of working on a collaborative programme between different partners
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.

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