Copernicus Data Processing Service Engineer

Darmstadt, Germany, Terma [21_74270]

Field(s) of expertise
Information Technology Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

For our customer, EUMETSAT in Darmstadt, Germany, we are seeking to build up a team of data processing engineers to support their data processing activities of the ground segment for existing and future missions.
For this we aim for a mixed team of entry-level as well as more experienced data processing engineers who are willing and eager to take on this exciting opportunity in the Space industry.   


Your tasks as part of the data processing engineering team will typically include but are not limited to:

  • Participate to the activities in the area of data processing in support of operations
  • Provide inputs and contribute to relevant technical and progress meetings, to relevant S3 PDGS/PDP, S6 PDP and system level reviews and milestones.
  • Participate to the interaction with relevant partner organisations
  • Provide expertise to the evolution of test & reporting tools necessary for the ongoing activities, such as the ATE (Automatic Test Environment).
  • Contribute to software and hardware configuration deployment, configuration control and verification activities
  • Contribute to the implementation, maintenance and evolution of the SW for S3 PDGS/PDP and S6 PDP reporting.
  • Provide expertise and contribute to data processing system level engineering activities
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge on assigned S3 PDGS/PDP and S6 PDP components maintaining an up to date knowledge at processing and ground segment level.
  • Provide training to the members of the SEP Data Processing Competence Area on S3 or S6 elements (where needed and when requested).
  • Contribute to Anomaly processing activities (where possible)
  • Contribute to documentation activities, such as e.g. the technical baseline documentation (ADD, ICD, STB, etc.).
  • Contribute to other Software engineering tasks as required.

This is a full-time position to be partially located at EUMETSAT’s premises in Darmstadt, Germany and partially at the Terma GmbH office in Darmstadt. Expected start date October 2021 or ASAP thereafter. 
On-call support or additional services outside normal office hours may be requested by the customer and will be agreed between the customer and the service provider.


Besides a university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, each member of the team shall meet the following requirements:
Essential skills to have:

  • Proven experience with data processing (Level-0, Level-1 and Level-2) of meteorological and/or earth observation products from Satellites instruments
  • Proven experience in the integration, verification and validation (IV&V) of data processing systems and/or processors, including generation of test plan, test specification, procedures and test reports for end-to-end processing chains
  • Knowledge of scripting languages and databases (e.g. Perl, Python, shell, PostgreSQL)
  • Demonstrated experience with UNIX/Linux operating systems
  • Ability to write accurate and consistent technical documentation
  • Practical knowledge in Configuration Control
  • High degree of working autonomy
  • Problem solving
  • Good analytical skills
  • High degree of interpersonal awareness
  • University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

Skills and experiences considered an asset:

  • Knowledge of Spacecraft and/or ground segment operations
  • Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Java and IDL)
  • Knowledge of Knowledge and/or experience of quality control, calibration and validation
  • Knowledge of Development and maintenance of operational procedures and/or configuration data;
  • Knowledge of ECSS standards

The team also needs to be able to cover the following requirements:

  • Proven experience in System Engineer development and system design
  • Knowledge in Computer systems, Network systems and IT Security
  • Experience in working as part of a multicultural team
  • Ability to manage a service team of similar size, preferably in a similar environment to EUMETSAT (for SM)

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

Additional information
For further information, please contact Mrs. Raluca Moise by telephone [+49 6151 860050] or by email [recruitment.de@terma.com].
Please apply directly via our career page: 
Closing date: August 27, 2021
Please note that applicants must hold all appropriate documentation and permits to work in Europe.
Recruitment is depending on successful selection by the customer.

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