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     Date Submitted:28-02-2019
     Last Modified:28-02-2019 (09:06)
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     Current job:Senior Systems Engineering Consultant
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSenior Systems and Software Engineer, Technical Project Lead, excellent analytical strength


    Sex Male | Date of birth 20/01/1968 | Nationality German



    08/2013–Present EARS and Third Party Data Services System Engineering Consultant
     EUMETSAT, Darmstadt (Germany)

     Providing consultancy support to EARS in the following areas:
    ▪ Requirements Engineering;
    ▪ Architectural Design; SW-Design; Interface Design;
    ▪ Implementation;
    ▪ Validation, Verification;
    ▪ Releasing, Maintenance.
    Maintaining the EARS system design.
    Creating and maintaining the EARS system requirements. (DOORS)
    Planning for and implementation of new EARS services.
    Providing operational support as required.
    Specialist in maintaining development lifecycle related documentation: Requirements, System and Software Design, Verification and Acceptance procedures (Verification plans, Test Case definition);
    Development of product formats and compression techniques.
    Responsible for third party data processing packages (AAPP, PPS, etc.).
    Lead Engineer for the evolution of EARS towards central processing.

    08/2010–08/2013 IT Consultant (Software Engineer for Data Access Systems)
     EUMETSAT, Darmstadt (Germany)

     Providing support and advice to new missions such as Sentinal-3, MTG; in the following areas:
    ▪ Requirements Engineering;
    ▪ Architectural Design; SW-Design; Interface Design;
    ▪ Implementation Planning and Control;
    ▪ Testing, Releasing, Maintenance.

    Provide support and technical expertise for the maintenance and development of common infrastructure monitoring tools and related software products.

    Trained in EUMETSAT's processes related to CM, ARs, DM and ECPs.

    Provision of support, as required, to critical operations.

    Specialist in maintaining development lifecycle related documentation: Requirements, System and Software Design, Verification and Acceptance procedures (Verification plans, Test Case definition).

    Design responsible for the S3 enhancements of UMARF and EOPortal.

    Manage technically the frame contract with Solenix (GEMS, SMART, SPRS, EARS Scheduler & CODEM); being the central interface with Solenix for all technical matters.

    Coordinate the Software Engineering Working Group (SWEG) and provide expertise for IPR related matters in the directorates OPS and TSS.

    Coordinate and provide expertise for the Software Engineering Framework (SEF) design and deployment in the Technical Computing Environment (TCE).

    Provide expertise for and participate in intergovernmental working groups lead by ESA: LTDP, SAFE.

    05/2005–08/2010 Project manager, lead Software-Engineer
     RapidEye AG, Brandenburg a.d. Havel (Germany)

     Project Manager, lead Software-Engineer
    RapidEye is the first German privately owned company owning a satellite constellation for remote sensing in the visible and NIR spectrum.

    Performing all tasks in software-engineering and project management:
    • analysis, e.g. requirements engineering;
    • modeling, e.g. architectural and SW design;
    • implementation;
    • test;
    • documentation;
    • roll-out/release;
    • maintenance;
    • effort estimation;
    • cost estimation;
    • team-leader,
    e.g.: Project Product Processing System (PPS): The PPS is a core module of RapidEye's ground segment for the tasking and control of RapidEye's satellite constellation, and for automatic generation of value-added products. RapidEye's GS is running 24/7. The PPS was designed and implemented taking the 24/7 requirement into account, and to be operated with minimal operator involvement.
    I was the lead Software-Engineer and designer of the PPS.

    Participation in system reviews (PDR, CDR, ORR) with international prime contractor.
    RapidEye is, similar to EUMETSAT, composed by a multitude of nationalities and internationally active.
     Business or sector Satellite Operator of own satellite constallation.

    05/1998–05/2005 Manager software development, project manager, consultant and SW developer
     CMO Information Systems GmbH, Berlin (Germany)

     Manager software development, project manager, consultant and developer.

    Performing all tasks in software-engineering and -development:
    • analysis,
    • modeling, design (architectural, software, interfaces),
    • effort estimation,
    • cost estimation,
    • implementation,
    • test,
    • documentation,
    • roll-out/release
    for different projects.
    • developing webapplications for a pallet-tracking-system,
    • online reporting,
    • statistical process control,
    • customer complaint management system,
    • material complaint management system,
    • customer product approval system.
    Developing client-server applications for modeling the technical business processes in a mass production industry (statistical process control, factory data capturing, reporting of production figures, ticket printing).
    Providing support to international customer base (1st, 2nd and 3rd level support). Providing on a regular basis on-site support to installation and acceptance of new SW versions in various European countries (UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic).

    04/1997–12/2005 Freelancer, consultant, SW developer Berlin (Germany)
     1) Biotix GmbH
    Development of a web-based application for the determination of paternity likelihoods (, inactive)
    IIS 5.0, ISAPI, C++, Java, MS Access
    Role: Lead engineer (2 person team)
    Timeframe: 6 months
    2) Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine (BgVV), Berlin/Germany (now Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR)
    Execution of small research projects
    Windows, MS Access
    Role: Lead engineer (2 person team)
    Timeframe: 2 months, 3 months, 6 months
    3) Alpha Travel Consultants GmbH
    Re-implementation (new concept) of a webbased application for the Internet-based booking and administration for a reseller of travel arrangements.
    MS .NET, C#, JScript, Ajax
    Role: Project Manager (2 project managers, 7 Russian developers, 2 assistants)
    Timeframe: 18 months

    01/1998–04/1998 System administrator and SW developer
     SDC GmbH (now CMG Deutschland GmbH), Berlin (Germany)
     System administrator and SW developer
    Supervision and analysis of systems (InfTalkServer/Middleman, DDS, DIST-Server, Asset Control, Infinity).
    Administration and modeling of Infinity-definitions.
    Tool development with VBA (Access 7.0).
    Effort estimations for migration plans.
    Documentation of technical and organizational procedures.

    05/1996–12/1997 Research assistant and SW Developer
     Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine (BgVV) (now Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR), Berlin (Germany)

     Scientific Assistant, SW Developer
    Development of a computerized decision support system for the prediction of possible toxicological effects of chemicals when applying to skin and eyes.
    Published results in international professional journals.

    02/1995–09/1995 SW Developer
     NOVUM GmbH, Dahlewitz (Germany)

     SW Developer
    SW Development of an MS Access based application for the
    administration of data in the real-estate area.

    12/1993–03/1994 Lecturer / Trainer
     Local government of Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

    Lecturer for office applications (Word, Excel)

    07/1992–06/1994 SW Developer (student job)
     debis CCS GmbH, Berlin (Germany)

     SW Developer
    SW Development of medical application software for

    02/1990–10/1992 Assistant of the plant manager (student job)
     IBM Germany, Berlin (Germany)

     Assistant of the plant manager
    Creating presentations.
    Small SW development projects.


    04/1990–04/1995 MSc Computer Science (Diplom-Informatiker) 
     Technical University of Berlin, Berlin (Germany)
     General Computer Science, specialization in Robotics

    08/1987–02/1990 Electronics Engineering Technician - Communications, Information Technology (certificate of apprenticeship of the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce) 
     IBM Germany, Berlin (Germany)
     Electronics Engineering Technician - Communications, Information Technology (certificate of apprenticeship of the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce)

    08/1980–06/1987 Highschool 
     Gymnasium: Albert-Schweitzer-Oberschule, Berlin (Germany)
     "Abitur" (1.3)


    Mother tongue(s) German
     Listening Reading Spoken interaction Spoken production 
    English C1 C2 C1 C1 C2
     First Cambrigde Certificate
    French B1 B2 B1 B1 B1
    Russian A1 A1 A1 A1 A1
    Italian A1 A1 A1 A1 A1
     Levels: A1 and A2: Basic user - B1 and B2: Independent user - C1 and C2: Proficient user
    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

    Communication skills: 

    Excellent communication skills, highlighting team spirit, and very good ability to adapt to multicultural environments, gained through my work experience at CMO (international customer base), RapidEye (>20 different nationalities) and EUMETSAT.Very experienced with international partner and customer base. Very friendly. Highly professional.

    Organisational / managerial skills: 

    International project management,
    Business, system and software requirements analysis and management,
    Pre-sales activities,
    Team- and project leader,
    Object oriented Software, Hardware and System design and architecture,
    Test management,
    Risk Management,
    Effort and cost estimation and supervision,
    Project development supervision,
    Configuration, rollout and release management,
    Operation and maintenance management,
    Technical peer reviews,
    Mentoring Juniors

    Used to working autonomous, proactively, unobserved, with minimal guidance and supervision.

    Job-related skills: 

    More than 24 years of professional IT experience in all relevant sections as international project manager and senior software and systems engineer. Excellent analytical skills; technically very sound. Providing good and clear professional communication.

    Digital skills SELF-ASSESSMENT
     Information processing: proficient user

    Communication: proficient user 

    Content creation: proficient user 

    Safety: proficient user 

    Problem solving: proficient user

    Digital skills - Self-assessment grid

    Note: Years of Experience in braces

    Programming Languages:
    C++ (20) (Visual Studio, Eclipse), C (23), C# (5), Visual Basic (17), Java (16), .NET (5), SQL (22), Modula, Basic, Turbo Pascal, Ada, Assembler for misc. microprocessors (Z80, 68xxx, 80x86) (10), Shell scripting (bash, etc.) (15)

    XML-family (XML, XML-DOM, XSLT, XSL-FO, XSD, XPath, XQuery) (17), HTML (20), ASP (10), JScript, (20), VBScript (13), ASP.NET (5), PHP (15), JSP (4), SOAP/WSDL/Web Services/Ajax (10)

    Operating Systems:
    MS Windows (23), Unix/LINUX (17), Novell Netware 3.x, 4.x (3), OS/2, DOS, VAX VMS (2)

    Oracle 7, 8, 9, 10g, 11g, 12g (20), MS SQL Server (10), MS Access (20), Centura SQLBase (2), PostgreSQL/PostGIS (12)

    Office Applications:

    MS Office, Open Office, various. graphics tools (27)

    Mathem. Software:
    SPSS, Statistica, Mathematica, Matlab, R

    Geographical Software:
    PCI Geomatica, ESRI, gdal, OpenJump

    Modeling Techniques & Tools:
    UML 2.0, EER, Enterprise Architect, DOORS, RAMS

    Client-Server, PC, Web-Server (IIS, Apache, Tomcat, nginx)

    System Programming/Components:
    ActiveX/ATL, STL, COM/DCOM, WinAPI, OCX, RPC, MFC, OLE, multi-tier, MS .NET Framework, Windows services

    Database Interfaces (ADO(.NET), ODBC, JDBC, DAO, OCI), ISAPI Extensions und Filters, TCP/IP

    Client-server strategies, IT software strategies


    PC (x86), Server, SAN
    CCSDS, ECSS, ISO9001



     Stephan Zinke (2017), A simplified high and near-constant contrast approach for the display of VIIRS day/night band imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38:19, pp. 5374-5387, DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2017.1338838

     Stephan Zinke (2017), Applying n-bit floating point numbers and integers, and the n-bit filter of HDF5 to reduce file sizes of remote sensing products in memory-sensitive environments. Computers & Geosciences 99 pp.155-158

     I. Gerner, M.D. Barratt, S. Zinke, K. Schegel, E. Schlede (2004), Development and pre-validation of a list of SAR rules to be used in expert systems for the prediction of skin sensitising properties of chemicals. ATLA 32, pp. 487-509

     S. Zinke, I. Gerner, E. Schlede (2002), Evaluation of a rule base for identifying contact allergens by using a regulatory database: comparison of data on chemicals notified in the European Union with "structural alerts" used in the DEREK Expert System. ATLA 30, pp. 285-298

     I. Gerner, S. Zinke, G. Graetschel, E. Schlede (2000), Development of a decision support system for the introduction of alternative methods into local irritation/Corrosion testing strategies. Creation of fundamental rules for a decision support system. ATLA 28, pp. 665-698

     S. Zinke, I. Gerner (2000), Local irritation/corrosion testing strategies: extending a decision support system by applying self-learning classifiers, ATLA 28, pp. 651-663

     S. Zinke, I. Gerner (2000), A computer-based structure-activity relationship method for predicting the toxic effects of organic chemicals from one-dimensional representations of their molecular structures, ATLA 28, pp. 609-620

     S. Zinke, I. Gerner, G. Graetschel, E. Schlede (2000), Local irritation/corrosion testing strategies: development of a decision support system for the introduction of alternative methods. ATLA 28, pp. 29-40*

     I. Gerner, S. Zinke (1999), Introduction of SAR considerations and specific in vitro tests into skin and eye irritation/corrosion testing strategies, ALTEX Alternativen zu Tierexperimenten 16 3/99, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg

     S. Zinke, I. Gerner, G. Graetschel, E. Schlede (2000), Entwicklung eines EDVgestützten Beratungssystems zur Vorhersage der Hautreizung von chemischen Stoffen als Beitrag zum Ersatz von Tierversuchen. in: Ersatz- und Ergänzungsmethoden zu Tierversuchen (editors H. Schöffl, H. Spielmann, H.A. Tritthart) pp.469-470, Springer-Verlag, Wien, New York

     S. Zinke, I. Gerner, G. Graetschel, E. Schlede (1997), Entwicklung eines EDVgestützten Beratungssystems zur Vorhersage reizender oder ätzender Wirkungen von chemischen Stoffen an Haut und Augen, in: Tätigkeitsbericht des Bundesinstituts für gesundheitlichen Verbraucherschutz und Veterinärmedizin (BgVV), pp. 220-222, MMV Medizin-Verlag, München

     S. Zinke, I. Gerner, G. Graetschel, E. Schlede (1996), Entwicklung eines regelbasierten DV-Systems zur Vorhersage reizender oder ätzender Wirkungen von chemischen Stoffen, in: Tätigkeitsbericht des Bundesinstituts für gesundheitlichen Verbraucherschutz und Veterinärmedizin (BgVV), pp. 169-171, MMV Medizin-Verlag, München

    Honours and awards

     2004 Dorothy Hegarty Award for the best paper published in ATLA 32:"I. Gerner, M.D. Barratt, S. Zinke, K. Schegel, E. Schlede (2004), Development and pre-validation of a list of SAR rules to be used in expert systems for the prediction of skin sensitising properties of chemicals. ATLA 32, pp. 487-509 "


    2017 EUMETSAT User Conference, Rome: Poster
    2017 CSPP/IMAPP Users' Group Meeting, Wisconsin: Poster
    2017 ESAW, 6th European Ground System Architecture Workshop. Darmstadt.
    2015 CSPP/IMAPP Users' Group Meeting, Darmstadt: Poster and Presentation
    2013 ESAW, 4th European Ground System Architecture Workshop. Darmstadt: Poster
    1999 10. Jahrestag der ZEBET. Regulatory Toxicology: Validation of in vitro Tests and Test Strategies at the BgVV. Berlin, Germany: Presentation
    1997 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics:Computational Cybernetics and Simulation, October 12-15, 1997, Orlando, Florida, USA: Presentation
    1997 6. Österreichischer internationaler Kongresses über Ersatz- und Ergänzungsmethoden zu Tierversuchen, Lienz, Österreich: Poster


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