EPS-SG System Test Tools & Test Data Engineer (m/f)



The key-person would be a member of the EPS-SG System Team in the Low Earth Orbit Division (LEO) at EUMETSAT.


Required Start Date

March 2014 



Submission Deadline

17th February 2014 



Technical Requirements

The work is related to the definition, specification and development of test tools and the generation of test data which are required to support system and ground segment V&V activities. This may include in-house development activities as well as the procurement of test tools / test data sets from external entities. The focus of the tasks is on test tools / test data needed for V&V of chains for processing of instrument data.

The key-person would be a member of the EPS-SG System Team in the Low Earth Orbit Division (LEO) at EUMETSAT.

The tasks of these positions include in particular:

Typical tasks include:

•Identification of the suite of test tools and test data required to support V&V activities, and definition of development / procurement approach and associated planning.

•Preparation of User Requirement Documents, Statements of Work, etc., as needed as input for development and/or procurement activities.

•Support for in-house development and validation of test tools and their maintenance.

•Support for procurements of test tools / test data, including the analysis of received deliverables and attending acceptance tests.

•Support for acceptance of test tools / test data provided by partners.

•Simulation of test data sets for V&V using available tools; compilation of test data sets using real data from satellite & instrument on-ground tests or in-orbit operation.

•In case of tools to be connected to the ground segment, input for the specification and test of relevant interfaces.

•Support for configuration management of tools / test data sets, using applicable EUMETSAT processes.

•Operation of the tools, or support for it, when used for system and ground segment V&V activities.

•Contributions to the analysis of test results and the preparation of test reports.

In addition the key-person will be involved in some more general tasks:

•Participation in relevant internal and external meetings.

•Regular review of System level documentation dealing with requirements, system concepts, architecture and design, technical analyses, to identify information of importance for test tools / test data.

•In addition, and with the same aim, analysis of documents provided by other teams in EUMETSAT and by external partners.

•Support for the preparation of documentation for System level reviews, during the covered period the System Requirements Review and Preliminary Design Review.

Academic Requirements

University degree in engineering, science or equivalent
Specific Requirements

·         Proven experience in the field of engineering of space and/or ground systems.

·         At least 5 years of general experience with the development of on-ground processing of data from satellite instruments for Earth observation.

·         At least 5 years of direct involvement in V&V activities for instrument processing chains, including production of test tools and of test data.

·         At least 5 years of experience with software specification, design and development and relevant standards.

·         Very good skills in higher programming languages, such as Fortran, C/C++, Java.

·         Perfect command of English, verbal and written.


The following experience would be additional assets:

·         French



Background information

Location of work: EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

Benefits: 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.

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