Spacecraft Simulator Application Software Engineer

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Spacecraft Simulator Application Software Engineer

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Darmstadt, Germany

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency - monitoring the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This role is rooted in the mission of EUMETSAT and will provide the opportunity to work with leading IT, Space and Earth Observation organisations and domain experts to make a positive impact on society!

Spacecraft Operational Simulators are critical assets within EUMETSAT Ground Segments for the preparations and operations of Earth Observation missions. The Spacecraft Simulator Software Engineer will be part of a dynamic international team responsible for a broad spectrum of Mission Control Applications.

The successful candidate will ensure evolution and maintenance but also support procurements for new missions.

Close collaboration with the Flight Control Teams will offer her/him the enriching experience of seeing the end-use of the systems under her/his responsibility.

This position supports the Copernicus Programme.

What you’ll be doing

  • Ensure Software Engineering of both multi-mission kernel and mission-specific Spacecraft Simulator software products, from requirements definition to validation and maintenance;
  • Define, design and maintain the EUMETSAT’s SATSIM System’s reference architecture and promote its adoption within new missions;
  • Management of industrial contracts through SLA and KPI;
  • Identify opportunities for optimisation and promote innovation within the engineering team, by staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and emerging technologies, to drive product excellence and cost effective solutions into operation;
  • Contribute to maintaining and developing Spacecraft Simulators and Operations preparation knowledge and skill base within the organisation.

What we offer

  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 7,500 NET (after tax) based on skills and experience;
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;
  • Full medical coverage for employee and family;
  • Attractive pension;
  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;
  • Training and development support;
  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).



  • Engineering degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. software, electrical, mechanical, aerospace engineering).

Skills and Experience:

  • Five years’ experience in the development and maintenance of medium-large scale software systems in a high-availability (24h/day) environment;
  • Specification, architectural design development and maintenance of Spacecraft Simulators based on ESA/SIMULUS infrastructure;
  • Modern software technologies (e.g. web and cloud, containers and containers orchestration) and optimized software lifecycle management (requirements and design engineering, continuous integration, verification and deployment as well as anomaly handling);
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills, team spirit and service orientation;
  • Strengths in synthesising and presenting complex problems and solutions.

Knowledge and experience in the following areas/systems would be a distinct advantage:

  • ESA/ESOC OPEN-M framework;
  • ESA/ESOC MICONYS Mission Control System suite;
  • ESA/EGS-CC and ESA/EGOS-CC Mission Control System framework;
  • Mission Control System and Mission Planning associated functions.


EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful. Remote working is not an option for this role.

More about us

EUMETSAT’s role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT can recruit nationals only from the 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom).

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