Atmospheric Chemistry Calibration & Validation Engineer

Location: Germany, Darmstadt Application deadline: 1 October 2021 Reference number: 1030
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Why join RHEA?

We are a growing international company, with over 650 staff working in 11 countries. Our teams are involved in innovative space missions and cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data and ground systems.

When you join us, you will work alongside recognized industry experts, either on our clients’ premises or in our offices across Europe and Canada. This is your opportunity to boost your career and shape the future of the space, security and systems engineering industries.

What we offer

  • Competitive remuneration packages
  • Unique career opportunities, including working in other countries
  • Personalized training and development programmes
  • Flexible relocation support
  • Stable company with a family atmosphere.

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We are currently looking for an Atmospheric Chemistry Calibration & Validation Engineer to work at our client’s premises in the city of Darmstadt, Germany.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Contribute to Cal/Val activities that will be performed during development, pre-launch, commissioning and routine operations in support of the UV/Vis/NIR/SWIR spectrometer missions.
  • Prepare algorithm configuration parameters and calibration key data parameters for the Day 1 product processing, that will be the basis for the commissioning and validation activities.
  • Contribute to pre-launch verification and validation activities during Acceptance and Delivery Reviews.
  • Contribute to product verification and validation activities during commissioning and contribute to the preparation of commissioning reports.
  • Consolidate instrument parameters and calibration methodology.
  • Develop in-house validation routines, procedures and tools under the offline Technical Computing Environment (TCE, with access to the repository of operational mission and auxiliary data).
  • Execute Cal/Val campaigns that support Level 1 and Level 2 product assessment and further algorithm correction and development.
  • Define and setup proxy data and reference datasets.
  • Provide technical support to the development, implementation, maintenance and evolution of the UV/Vis/NIR/SWIR spectrometer Cal/Val functions in the EUMETSAT ground segment.
  • Perform code clean-up and numerical optimisation of the Cal/Val processing functions as required.
  • Test, assess and ensure code stability and exception handling for the Cal/Val processing functions.
  • Install, setup and test validation tools from external parties as requested.
  • Implement evolutions and upgrades in the relevant processing functions as a result of evolving user requirements or changes in instrument performance.
  • Contribute to end-of-life test campaigns for relevant missions.
  • Develop, produce and evaluate regular production, quality and Cal/Val monitoring reports from the operational Cal/Val functions.
  • Perform off-line analysis of operational Level 1 and Level 2 product quality.
  • Contribute to the contact with users and relevant Satellite Application Facilities to obtain their feedback on product and service quality.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • University degree in physical remote sensing, meteorology, oceanography, physics, IT/Computational Science, or equivalent.
  • Very good experience in scientific software development.
  • Good written communication skills.
  • Skills in writing scientific/technical documents.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and LaTeX.
  • At least 3 years of experience in the field of physical remote sensing in one or more of the areas listed above, including involvement in processing of satellite data up to level 1 (calibrated / geolocated radiances) and/or level 2 (geophysical parameters), and satellite data monitoring.
  • Experience in remote sensing from UV/Visible/Near-Infrared/Shortwave-Infrared (UV/Vis/NIR/SWIR) spectrometers.
  • Very good skills in high-level programming languages, such as Python, C++, Java, DB/SQL.
  • Experience with source code management processes (in particular branch based development workflows, and peer code reviews) and tools (git, subversion).
  • Familiarity with NetCDF, XML.
  • Fluency in command-line use on Linux/Unix platforms.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills would be assets:

  • Experience with the specification, development and validation of satellite data processing chains.
  • Utilisation of products from earth observation satellites.
  • Experience with calibration and product validation methods.
  • Experience in software unit, acceptance, system and integration testing.
  • Familiarity with programming platform tools like Matlab.
  • Knowledge in radiative transfer.
  • Experience in the use of image processing software such as IDL or ENVI in a UNIX/Linux environment.
  • Experience in the use of Scripting Languages (e.g. Perl, Python, shell);
  • Experience in scientific computing using NumPy and SciPy.
  • Familiarity in manipulating analysis and forecast data from NWP models.
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Why join RHEA?

We are a growing international company, with over 650 staff working in 11 countries. Our teams are involved in innovative space missions and cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data and ground systems.

When you join us, you will work alongside recognized industry experts, either on our clients’ premises or in our offices across Europe and Canada. This is your opportunity to boost your career and shape the future of the space, security and systems engineering industries.

What we offer

  • Competitive remuneration packages
  • Unique career opportunities, including working in other countries
  • Personalized training and development programmes
  • Flexible relocation support
  • Stable company with a family atmosphere.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions before submitting an application, please get in touch – we are always happy to tell you more.

Contact our Recruitment team

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