Minimize Radio Occultation Remote Sensing Scientist (VN17 28)

Date added: 12 January 2018

Organisation: EUMETSAT

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Application deadline: 24 January 2018

EUMETSAT, the European meteorological satellite agency, is recruiting a radio occultation scientist to join their team and contribute to future missions.

This is an exciting opportunity for a radio occultation scientist to help advance the understanding and utilisation of satellite radio-occultation data in support of atmospheric profiling. Using your extensive experience in remote sensing and processing of data from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) missions, you will develop prototype algorithms which will contribute to EUMETSAT's future needs for satellite products and services. It is important that you have worked with meteorological satellite application user communities, in order to understand the user needs and requirements of state-of-the-art science.


  • Contribute to the establishment of requirements for radio-occultation products from current and future satellite systems, based on interactions with the user community;
  • Instigate or lead internal and external scientific studies, relevant to the definition of products and processing algorithms for current and future satellite systems;
  • Develop and prototype processing algorithms, and contribute to the implementation, testing and validation of operational processors used to extract products from radio-occultation measurements from EUMETSAT's and third party satellites;
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the operational radio-occultation processors, including the scientific assessment of the quality of output products, and the implementation and validation of evolutions;
  • Provide product and processing expertise in support of re-processing for climate applications;
  • Actively co-operate and interact with the operational and research user community;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge about deriving products from space borne radio-occultation measurements and how these are used in Numerical Weather Prediction and other applications.


Advanced university degree or equivalent in remote sensing, physics, meteorology or another relevant discipline.

Skills and experience:

  • In depth scientific knowledge of physics of Global Navigation Satellite System precise orbit and radio-occultation measurements;
  • Extensive experience in processing of measurement data from spaceborne GNSS missions, preferably using wave-optics algorithms;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of scientific processing software or prototyping;
  • Knowledge of operational applications of radio-occultation atmospheric soundings;
  • Experience in working with user communities and researchers;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills including demonstrated experience in writing scientific and technical documents;
  • Good interpersonal and team-working skills.

The closing date is 24 January 2018 and interviews are expected in the w/c 11 March 2018.

Learn more about the role and how to apply.

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