Data Processing Systems and Application Engineer (m/f)




Required Start Date

May 2015



Submission Deadline

1st April 2015


EUMETSAT - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for an experienced Engineer (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty of

Data Processing Systems and Application Engineer


for our customer EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be:

The consultant will provide engineering support to the EPS-SG Ground Segment / Data processing team in the frame of the EPS-SG Preparatory Programme (Phase B) as well as to the Operations department in the frame of maintenance and evolution of the EPS data processing systems.

The Consultant will support activities related to initially Phase B followed by phases C/D of the EPS-SG Programme in the area of data processing engineering. In this context attention is drawn to the mandatory nature of the programme.

In the detail, support will be provided for the following tasks:

In Phase B:

  • Requirements engineering in DOORS for EPS-SG data processing requirements. This includes review, specification and refinement of existing requirements, their up-traces to parent Ground Segment specifications, justifications and verification methods;
  • Ensure coherency of requirements with algorithms specifications;
  • Definition of ICDs between data processing elements and other GS functions;
  • Definition of Testing and Operational scenarios for data processing elements;
  • Definition of data processing concepts and trade-offs to support requirements understanding and justification.

In Phase C/D:

  • Support the procurement of data processing elements by advising on technical solutions proposed by the contractor and by reviewing documentation to confirm its compliance with the requirements;
  • Support management of the requirements baseline for data processing elements;
  • Support refinement of ICDs;
  • Support testing, integration and acceptance of data processing elements.

In Phase E:

  • Support to maintenance activities, including characterisation of system component behaviour against required performance, proposal and implementation of system alterations (including component modification) to achieve required performance.
  • Support to evolution activities, including conceptual design, requirements specification, functional modelling, system analysis, and concept development to support increased performance, rationalisation of components, and cost reduction.

In addition, there will be regular involvement in the following tasks requiring interaction and coordination with other teams at System and Ground Segment level:

  • Review of System, Space Segment and Ground Segment documentation dealing with requirements, concepts, algorithms and technical analyses of relevance for data processing, including review of instrument data processing algorithms and calibration concepts defined by the Space Segment with emphasis on their implications on Ground Segment data processing concepts, interfaces and architecture;
  • Participation in formal reviews and technical meetings at System and Ground Segment level.
  • Review of documentation dealing with technical evolutions of the EUMETSAT infrastructure;


Academic Requirements

A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.

Specific Requirements

·        Relevant experience in preparation of requirements, design, interfaces and testing

documentation for data processing systems for Earth Observation missions (experience

on data processing for high data rates missions will be considered an asset).

·         Relevant experience with L1/L2 processing software for Earth Observation missions,

either for operations/maintenance or specification and development.

·         Knowledge of the requirements engineering process, including relation between

requirements, ICDs, design and testing documentation.

·         Ability to learn and develop the needed skills and knowledge to contribute to the

development of EPS-SG. This includes the ability to rapidly absorb, and make use of,

information presented in written and oral communications in a dynamic context.

·        Willingness to work within a multi-disciplinary context in cooperation with other teams.

·        The ability to maintain a system overview is essential. They shall have a systematic

approach to work, be able to plan their work and to cope with tight schedules and

multiple tasks. They shall have the capability to write accurate and consistent technical




Background information


A permanent employment contract.

Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Career path.



In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.


You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment? Then send your application preferably online (CV in Word format) not later than 1st April 2015 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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