We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a
Jason-CS End-to-End Instrument Chains Performance Engineer
You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.
The activities for the selected key-person will be related to overall system aspects for end-to-end instrument chains, i.e. involving the space segment (platform and instruments) as well as the ground segment.
The key-person will provide support in the area of system and mission performance engineering and on-ground instrument data processing engineering.
Typical activities to be undertaken by the key person are:
Following-up performance requirements, allocation and budgeting performed by space segment and instrument providers;
Following up the definition and development of the on-ground instrument data processing specifications (e.g. algorithms and product formats);
Following up the development of the on-ground instrument data processing systems, test tools and test data;
Following-up and reviewing definition of approach for modelling of system performances, space segment and/or instrument providers; review of adequacy of related performance modelling tools;
Contributing to the preparation and analysis of the system performance budgets, collecting input from space segment, instruments and ground processing segment; reporting any non-compliances and following up resolution;
Contributing to the consolidation and maintenance of the system requirements, including tracing to space segment, instrument and/or ground segment requirements and tracking of the status of compliance; reporting any non-compliances and follow up resolution;
Supporting the consolidation of the verification approach for system performance requirements and contributing to the maintenance of the related verification matrix;
Contributing to the assessment of the ground data processing algorithms and Cal/Val algorithms developed as part of the Jason-CS ground segment and confirm that they allow meeting the System Performance Requirements; reporting any non-compliance and follow up resolution;
Supporting the validation of products and ground data processing algorithms;
Following up the verification, integration and acceptance of the on-ground instrument data processing elements;
Contributing to regular reviews of System, Space Segment, Instrument and Ground Segment documentation;
Participate in formal reviews and technical meetings at System, Space Segment, Instrument and Ground Segment level;
Providing input for / support preparation of documentation for System and Ground Segment level reviews.
Most activities will involve interactions with instrument, science and ground segment teams, and also, as relevant for the work, with engineers at partner agencies.
The Key-Person shall have the following experience and background:
University degree in the domain of engineering, science, or equivalent;
At least 3 years of combined experience:
in the field of engineering of space and/or ground systems, in the area of Earth observation from space;
in the field of end-to-end mission performance analysis, budgeting and verification for space-borne observing systems;
Good knowledge of relevant space-borne observation instruments (Jason-CS satellites will embark a radar altimeter, a microwave radiometer, a GNSS receiver and a radio-occultation instrument).
Knowledge of ground data processing algorithms and ground processing environment.
The following experience would be an additional asset:
Experience in verifying on-ground instrument data processing systems;
Experience in development of test data sets and processor prototypes;
Experience in specification of operational products for earth observation missions.
The Key-Person shall be able to fulfil the assigned tasks with a minimum of supervision, have a systematic approach to work, be able to plan his/her work and to cope with tight schedules and multiple tasks. He/she shall have the capability to write accurate and consistent technical documentation. Good communication skills (verbal and written) are important. He/she shall be willing to work in a team of engineers and in cooperation with industry and partner agencies.
The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key-person must be able to work effectively in this language.
LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany
CLOSING DATE: 1st November 2016
MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.