Microwave Instrument Systems Engineer



As a Microwave Instrument Systems Engineer, this is your chance to contribute to a world leading earth observation programme, set to generate global weather forecasting and climate monitoring benefits for many years to come.

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!


The EUMETSAT Polar System – Second Generation (EPS-SG) will secure the continuation of meteorological observations from the mid-morning polar orbit over a period of 21 years, starting in 2024/25, based on three successive pairs of Metop-SG A/B satellites. EPS-SG will bring observations to a new standard, through the suite of innovative European instruments flown on the Metop-SG spacecraft. These include Microwave Sounder (MWS), Microwave Imager (MWI) and Ice Cloud Imager (ICI) instruments.

In parallel, phase-A activities for a potential expansion of EPS-SG are running and include the development of small satellites equipped with small microwave sounders which are envisaged to complement the EPS-SG microwave sounding mission.

Reporting to the EPS-SG Instrument Systems Manager, the Microwave Instrument Engineer will support the activities linked to the ESA-led development of the MWS instrument, as well as supporting activities linked to the development of new small microwave sounders in the frame of prospective LEO missions. He/she will acquire, maintain and share in-house knowledge on instrument design, performances and operations aspects.

As a member of the Instrument Team and together with instrument scientists, system, ground segment and operations preparation engineers, the post holder will also be involved in the development, operations preparation and commissioning of the end-to-end of microwave instruments chains covering all functions from instrument commanding to delivery of products to users.


  • Provide technical support for the MWS instruments project teams to ensure daily coordination of information related to design, test results, expected performances and operations of these instruments;
  • Follow the assembly, integration and testing of MWS on the Metop-SG satellites carried out under ESA responsibility;
  • Analyse and assess results of microwave radiometer testing and qualification including any non-conformances and identify issues having potential implications for the design, development, performances, operations and commissioning of end-to-end instrument chains;
  • Follow the development of the radiometers Level 1 processing algorithms associated ground prototype processors and instrument data simulators, and assess their consistency with the instrument development and their suitability to support the development of operational Level 1 processing chains;
  • Support the operations preparation and commissioning of microwave radiometers end-to-end instrument chains in cooperation with ESA, focusing on instrument operability and performance validation;
  • Maintain and share relevant information and knowledge within EUMETSAT on the microwave radiometers;
  • Support activities related to the prospective activities with regard to future microwave passive radiometer missions.


  • Proven engineering experience in the full development cycle of a space-borne passive microwave instrument;
  • Knowledge of Level 0 and Level 1 microwave instrument data processing;
  • Experience in coordinating technical work with multiple and/or multi-disciplinary entities, preferably in an international environment;
  • Pro-active attitude and ability to work autonomously with a minimum of supervision;
  • Excellent team-working, communication, and presentation skills.


  • University degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (eg Physics, Remote Sensing or Electrical Engineering)


  • Excellent salary, in excess of Euro 8,500 NET (after income tax deductions) 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)

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.

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Eumetsat - Europäische Organisation für Wettersatelliten

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