Data Processing and Applications Systems Engineer

Darmstadt, Germany
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Meteosat Third Generation Programme
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RHEA Group is currently recruiting a Data Processing and Applications Systems Engineer to support the MTG Ground Segment / Data processing team in the frame of the MTG Programme at our client’s premises in Darmstadt, Germany. 

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • 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

  • Management of the requirements baseline for data processing elements

  • Refinement of ICDs

  • Testing, integration and acceptance of data processing elements

  • Participation in formal reviews and technical meetings

  • 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 infrastructure.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • University degree (or equivalent, including experience) in the engineering, physics, or software (or similar) domains

  • Relevant experience in preparation of requirements, design, interfaces and testing documentation for data processing systems considering the systems engineering aspects of data processing management and data provision (experience of data processing for high data rate missions and/or Earth Observation missions is an asset but is not mandatory)

  • Relevant experience in monitoring and implementation of designs against requirement baselines and IV&V, including testing and formal acceptance

  • The ability to maintain a system overview is essential. This ability shall be exercised within a multi-disciplinary context in cooperation with other teams, covering several different data processing levels and instruments

  • Ability to learn and develop the needed skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of MTG. This includes the ability to rapidly absorb, and make use of, information presented in written and oral communications in a dynamic context

  • Systematic approach to work, including the ability to plan the work and to cope with tight schedules and multiple tasks

  • Ability to write accurate and consistent technical documentation.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Relevant experience with Level 1 or Level 2 processing software for Earth Observation missions, either for operations and maintenance or specification and development;

  • Knowledge of the IBM DOORS tool or an equivalent for requirements management;

  • Knowledge of task relevant ECSS and CCSDS standards.


Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of SECRET or above.

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