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    Job Description
    TitleALTIUS Mission Performance Engineer
    Job codeRT-C/EOP-PM/00084
    Job posted on12/10/2017
    LocationEstec, Noordwijk
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    Specific Tasks:


    The ALTIUS mission aims at the development of an Earth limb sounder
    mission based on a small satellite. Its main objective is the monitoring of
    the distribution and evolution of stratospheric ozone at high vertical
    resolution in support of long term monitoring and operational services.
    Measurements of concentration profiles of other atmospheric species as
    well as of aerosol extinction vertical profiles are also envisaged in the
    frame of monitoring and scientific activities.
    The holder of this post will contribute to all aspects (project internal
    activities, monitoring/review of the relevant industrial activities, interaction
    with Mission Users and Scientists) relevant to the mission performance of
    the ALTIUS mission up to Level 2.
    The post holder will report to the ALTIUS System and Engineering
    The principle tasks and responsibilities include:
    • Support the definition and maintenance of mission and system level
    requirements in the following areas:
    o Mission observation requirements and mission data products
    o ALTIUS End-to-End simulator and Ground Processor Prototype (GPP);
    o Internal and External characterisation and calibration of the instrument;
    • Develop and maintain mission performance mathematical models and
    tools to support the assessment of the relevant industrial development
    activities and of the compliance of the system design to the mission
    performance requirements;
    • Maintain mission level performance and error budgets, in coordination
    with the other ALTIUS project team members. Analyse the compliance of
    the mission performance budgets with the end-to-end mission
    performance requirements and propose corrective actions in case of
    • Monitor and critically analyse the mission level performance
    requirement allocation, their flow down to the relevant contributors, the
    associated margins, their evolution and their verification;
    • Monitor and review the definition and implementation of the ALTIUS
    characterisation, calibration and validation plans and follow up the
    specification, procurement and verification/validation of the relevant
    equipment and activities;
    • Support the payload team for aspects relevant to instrument
    performance requirements flow-down and instrument performance
    verification, including relevant models and tools;
    • Follow up the End to End Simulator and GPP specification,
    procurement, verification/validation and acceptance activities; Acquire
    working knowledge of the tools for test data generation purposes and
    internal mission level verification activities;
    • Support the preparation, execution and analysis of the relevant in-flight
    cal/val operations during the commissioning phase;
    • Support Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) Requirement definition
    and reviews for what concern the Ground processor aspects;
    • Support cross-verification activities of the PDGS operational ground
    processor against the Ground Processor Prototype;
    • Support the establishment, maintenance and running of the ALTIUS
    Mission Advisory Group (MAG) for what concerns mission & instrument
    performance aspects, including end-to-end mission performance
    verification and compliance status;
    • Interact with the ALTIUS Mission Users Community and Scientific
    Community for what concerns Mission definition, Products definition and
    mission & instrument performance aspects.
    • Support the System and Engineering Manager and the other ALTIUS
    project team members in all aspects related to mission performance, as
    necessary for the effective execution of the ALTIUS project.
    The Mission Performance Engineer will cooperate closely with the
    ALTIUS payload team in the execution of the relevant tasks. Furthermore
    she/he will be supported by and is expected to closely cooperate with
    specialist engineers from the ALTIUS team, from the Earth Observation
    Projects Department and from the Directorate of Technology,
    Engineering and Quality (D/TEC) as appropriate.



    Applicants for this post should have a university degree (at least Master’s
    degree) or equivalent qualification in a relevant physical science or
    engineering subject, together with a demonstrated background and
    experience in systems for Earth Atmospheric Composition monitoring and
    science studies in a space project environment as well as knowledge of
    aerosols and ozone observational data. Experience working with
    atmospheric composition in Earth-System models and data assimilation
    as well as background and experience on the specific issues relevant to
    bright limb, solar and stellar occultation observing systems are assets.
    The candidate must possess solid analytical skills and the command of
    the physics and techniques of Earth limb observation systems (bright
    limb, solar/stellar occultation), together with the capability to critically
    analyse the work performed by industry in the relevant areas, identify
    problems and propose/instigate corrective actions.
    The candidate shall demonstrate to be proficient with programming tools
    and languages relevant to the implementation and maintenance of the
    system performance models (e.g. MATLAB).


    Contact information
    CompanyVITROCISET Belgium Sprl
    Contact nameLjiljana Petkov
    AddressRue Devant les Hêtres,2
    not applicable
    Phone+32 61 23 00 04
    Fax+32 61 23 02 69;
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