DevOps Specialist with Kubernetes – Data Processing Applications

Darmstadt, Germany, Terma [21_73752]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

For our office in Darmstadt, Germany, we are looking for an experienced DevOps engineer, with experience in systems design, GNU/Linux system administration, containerisation and enterprise cloud orchestration technologies and optionally knowledge of satellite Earth Observation data processing systems.
As a member of our Ground Systems group in Darmstadt, you will be initially working on the development, integration and testing of container-based data processing systems for our customer, EUMETSAT. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to be involved in the development of high-performance data processing systems using latest technologies.


As a DevOps Specialist, you will support Terma’s Ground System group in the development, testing, deployment and customer support of systems with a focus on satellite Data Processing using cloud-orchestration technologies.
You will be responsible for the overall design, implementation and documentation of the on-premise systems hosting the container-based hybrid environment for data-processing.
The position can involve any aspect of system and software development following formal development processes and standards, including:

  • Requirements analysis
  • System architecture analysis and design
  • Detailed design and implementation
  • Integration and system testing
  • Formal validation and acceptance
  • Delivery to the customer and deployment
  • Customer support

Development work will be performed using modern methodologies with focus on IaC (Infrastructure as code) principles and automated deployment via CI/CD.
The work includes the production of deliverable documents, including design documents, test plans and reports, and user manuals.
This is a full-time position to be normally located at Terma’s premises in Darmstadt with the planned start date on 1st October 2021.


Qualifications & Competencies
In addition to having a university degree in a relevant engineering field, applicants should have at least 4 years of relevant professional working experience.
Required skills and experience:

  • Systems architecture covering areas such as containerisation, cloud computing, orchestration, hosted processing, EO data access / formats
  • Significant professional experience with deployment and administration of open-source software related to container-orchestration:
    • Kubernetes
    • Rancher container management platform
    • Helm package manager for Kubernetes
  • Experience in GNU/Linux system administration or ability to demonstrate advanced GNU/Linux knowledge
  • Good understanding of computer networking essentials and protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS, LDAP, …)
  • Hands-on experience in IT Automation (Ansible) and building CI/CD pipelines (GitLab)
  • At least two years’ experience with Python programming and other scripting languages such as Bash
  • Demonstrated experience in writing of formal technical documentation in English.

Other preferred skills and experience:

  • Experience with:
    • HTCondor high-throughput computing software framework
    • PostgreSQL
    • Prometheus/Grafana for systems monitoring
    • Source code management using Git
  • Technologies:
    • Parallel file systems (e.g. IBM Spectrum Scale, GlusterFS)
    • Batch processing
    • High Throughput Computing (HTC)
  • Earth Observation data processing, ideally in the EUMETSAT environment;

You will be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, able to work calmly and accurately under stress and able to work without supervision.
You will be able to fulfil the assigned tasks with a minimum of supervision, have a systematic approach to work, be able to plan your work and cope with tight schedules and multiple tasks. You must have the capability to write accurate and consistent technical documentation. Good communication skills (verbal and written) are important.
What can Terma offer
At Terma, we consider skilled employees, enthusiasm and job satisfaction as the very foundation of our success and as a prerequisite for the development of the “best-in-class” solutions that Terma provides. We lead the way in applying new technology, offering a wide range of growth opportunities for each individual and emphasizing mutual respect across the board in our workplace.
Terma offers you a pleasant working environment at the customer site, where you will be able to take on challenging tasks and responsibilities in a highly professional company:

  • Great opportunities for training and personal development
  • Challenges in advanced technical environment
  • International and cosmopolitan working atmosphere
  • An employment contract with an attractive package with extra-legal benefits
  • Highly competitive salary

Recruitment is depending on successful selection by the customer.
Additional information
For further information, please contact Mrs. Raluca Moise by telephone [+49 6151 860050] or by email [recruitment.de@terma.com].
To ensure that your application will reach us and is properly processed please apply through the link below with a Cover Letter and an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae: 
Closing date: September 27th, 2021
Please note that applicants must hold all appropriate documentation and permits to work in Europe.
The high-tech and innovative Terma Group develops products and systems for defense, non-defense and security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for aircraft and vessels, space technology, and aerostructures for the aircraft industry.
Terma is headquartered at Aarhus, Denmark. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, Germany, France, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore and the U.S.
The Space Business Area contributes with mission-customized software and hardware products including power systems and star trackers as well as services to support a number of in-orbit pioneering European scientific and Earth observation satellite missions. Additionally, Terma is contracted for the development and delivery of software and hardware systems and services for numerous ongoing and future European, and international missions.
Terma Space operates out of Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK.

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