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Noordwijk, the Netherlands

End-to-End Mission Performance Engineer S-4

Expires: June 08, 2020

Deadline for applications 08/06/2020

For our client, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are looking for an End-to-End Mission Performance Engineer S4 for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their Ground System Deinition & Verification Office.

Job Overview

For our client, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are looking for an End-to-End Mission Performance Engineer S4 for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their Ground System Deinition & Verification Office.
You will work within the Project team and will report to the System and Instrument manager. You will support him with reference to:
The verification of the L1B algorithms integrity and performances;
The design, development, and procurement of the Level 2 ground processor prototype, its algorithms, and the associated Level 2 simulator;
The demonstration & achievement of the required performance of the Level 2 Products.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • The assessment of the delivered scientific processing algorithm in Python;
  • The assessment of the delivered Instrument Quality Tool IQT v2-alpha and its ability to process real instrument data (PFM Focal Plane SubSystem data , S4 enhanced EM data, …);
  • The assessment of the delivered Level-1 Reference Processor and perform a comparison of the results with the IQT;
  • The development, implementation and validation of (complex) key data generation tools for the instrument calibration and performance verification tasks, as defined in the S4 on-ground calibration plan and in the L1b processing specification;
  • The support to the closed-loop testing between the S4/UVN measurement data, the IQT v2 and the calibration keydata to demonstrate adequacy, completeness and accuracy of the level-0 to level-1b data processing algorithms and the calibration keydata;
  • The contribution to meetings within ESA, industry and EUMETSAT;
  • In addition, the following tasks are to be performed:
  • Monitoring the development of the Level 2 Software developed through a contract;
  • Ensuring the integrity of the Level 1B and 2 ground prototype processors and its algorithms to meet the necessary functionality and performances, taking into account system, instrument, geophysical model and calibration/validation facility aspects and the Ground segment PDS interfaces constraints;
  • Ensuring the integrity of the L1B and L2 performance simulators developed through a contract, and maintaining an up to date operating copy at ESTEC;
  • Preparing and maintaining performance budgets and analysing impacts on the Swarm mission performances resulting from deviations during the development programme;
  • Ensuring the proper verification and validation methods are proposed and implemented;
  • Support the preparation of agreements with potential calibration facilities;
  • Support campaign and the analysis of the data collected;
  • Identifying and resolving problem areas;
  • Providing necessary inputs for the scientific meetings;
  • In performing the above duties you will closely work with the other staff of the Swarm programme.


The Candidate shall have a university degree or equivalent qualification in Physics or Engineering with demonstrated background and experience in data processing;
Candidates shall demonstrate good familiarity with computer programs/languages such as C/C++, Python and MATLAB and with Unix operating system;
Good communication skills;
Candidate shall demonstrate familiarity with L0 to L1b data processing of optical instrument using CCD technology;
A solid background knowledge of the problematics involved in the Earth magnetic modelling and in complex numerical methods and numerical simulation;
A first-hand experience in the development of numerical modelling software is expected;
Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule;
Previous experience in similar working conditions is preferable.

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