Copernicus Payload Data Processing Engineer (m/w/d)

Referenz: J22117
Ort / Standort: EUMETSAT \ Darmstadt \ Germany
Anmeldeschluss für Bewerbungen: 30.09.2022 23:59 CET
Kategorie: Software Solutions

We are a primary choice in the European aerospace industry for software-centric development solutions. We have over 40 years of experience in a market where trust and quality are essential. Together with more than 450 employees in Germany, we are shaping the future of the aerospace industry - and beyond.

Our staff plays a key role in our success through their qualifications, motivation, enthusiasm, different cultural backgrounds and their sense of collaboration in an open international environment living our values; trust, integrity, participation and curiosity.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a diverse environment where all qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We offer a wealth of benefits to support a healthy work-life balance, including but not limited to flexible working hours, mobile working and encouraging career development.

Telespazio Germany provides solutions for both institutional as well as “new space” customers. This includes engineering and development services but also in-house development of products. With this profile, Telespazio Germany offers you a broad perspective to shape your long-term career – it is up to you!

The Position

Sentinel-3 is one of the major Copernicus missions, jointly operated by ESA and EUMETSAT. The main objective of the Sentinel-3 mission is to measure sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature, and ocean and land surface colour with high accuracy and reliability to support ocean forecasting systems, environmental monitoring and climate monitoring. The marine data products are produced by the EUMETSAT S-3 Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS). The S-3 PDGS is a complex system that has to fulfil strict availability and performance requirements.

We are looking for an experienced software engineer to lead our S-3 PDGS maintenance team for our customer EUMETSAT. You will be the technical focal point for a team of expert engineers as well as for the customer.

This position is based at our customer site at EUMETSAT, combined with occasional presence in our head office in the Europahaus in Darmstadt. It is a permanent full time position with the earliest to immediate start date.

And yes, it is really cool to work on space projects!

Do you want us to invest in you?

We are looking forward to meeting you!



In this versatile role, you will have a broad set of responsibilities depending on the current operational needs of the Copernicus Sentinel-3 program. Your activities comprise an exciting mix of technical management, team coordination, as well as hands-on investigation of challenging situations. 

Typical activities of your daily work life are:

  • Scheduling team activities and liaising with the customer and other service teams to coordinate tasks and to ensure their smooth completion 
  • Investigating and resolving (potentially critical and challenging) system anomalies that occur during operations of the payload data ground segment
  • Supporting the Operations Team for special events, e.g. validation campaigns, commissioning or major updates
  • Maintaining configuration control and technical documentation, conforming to EUMETSAT standards
  • Leading test campaigns for integration and validation of new software releases
  • Providing 24/7 on-call support on a rotational basis (one week per month)


  • University degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or other relevant discipline.

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrated experience in the maintenance of data-driven, automated software systems
  • Working experience with UNIX/Linux operating systems
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical mind-set and systematic problem solving approach
  • Proficiency in English

Desirable Skills

  • Familiarity with software integration, verification & validation (IV&V) concepts
  • Hands-on experience with scientific instrument payload data and product processing (L0, L1, L2)
  • High-level programming language (e.g. Java, C++)
  • Experience with scripting languages and databases (e.g. Perl, Python, shell, msql, postgresql)
  • Having worked within the European space industry environment
  • Experience of leading a team on a technical level

Your Benefits of joining us

  • Work-life balance: Flexible working hours, home office, sabbatical (time off for travelling around the world, extended parental leave, further education, etc.), option to work part time;
  • Financial benefits: Company pension plan, net wage optimisation programme including IT / bicycle leasing, discounted annual ticket for public transport, employer loans, etc.;
  • Employee recommendation scheme: We are grateful when our employees support us in finding new recruits. You will receive a bonus of 1,500 EUR to 3,000 EUR per successful recommendation;
  • Relocation support: We offer our newcomers a relocation lump sum and support you in finding a suitable new home as well as in finding a school or nursery for your children and much more. Should need be, this can even include support in the search for a job for your partner.
  • Career development: For us, further education and training are an essential part of people management, because this is the only way we can achieve our goal, namely a long-term and successful work relationship with you. Would you like to change your professional focus and work on other projects or change geographically? We will support you here as well.
  • Company event and activities: We have BBQs, Christmas parties and TGIF (Thank God It's Friday) events. On top of that, we organise team-building events and events internal to departments to promote team spirit. Let us know if you have creative ideas for corporate events or new initiatives that you would like to introduce to our company culture, no matter whether they are of artistic or technical nature.


Are you equally inspired by our visions and dreams? Get in touch with us today and send us your application! 

Your HR Contact for this position is Raphael Rossato.


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