Minimize Remote Sensing Scientist - Altimetry (Copernicus)

Date added: 19 September 2018

Organisation: EUMETSAT

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Application deadline: 14 October 2018

Within the Marine Applications (MA) Competence Area of the Remote Sensing and Products Division (RSP), the Remote Sensing Scientist – Altimetry (Copernicus) will be responsible for and contribute to the scientific development, maintenance, validation and quality monitoring of remote sensing products derived from Sentinel-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 altimeter measurements.


The main duties will be as follows:

  • Acquire and maintain an in depth understanding of the observational capabilities of the Copernicus altimeter suite of instruments;
  • Contribute to the detailed formulation of requirements for new and improved Copernicus altimetry products and data services, responding to the evolving needs of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and users;
  • Support the prototyping and operational implementation of advanced algorithms for improved and new altimeter products from Copernicus and other relevant altimeter missions;
  • Plan, develop and perform product calibration and validation activities, including development of required tools and methods;
  • Provide product quality analysis and long-term monitoring of operational Copernicus altimeter products;
  • Support Sentinel-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 mission operations with respect to processing anomalies, change requests, new processing baselines and baseline regression testing;
  • Actively support operational and scientific interactions with the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, user communities and international partners (i.e. ESA, NASA, NOAA, CNES);
  • Support reprocessing and re-calibration activities as required, e.g. to fulfil the requirements of the Copernicus climate change service.


  • University degree or equivalent, in oceanography, remote sensing, meteorology, physics, or another relevant discipline.

Skills and experience:

  • In-depth scientific knowledge of microwave observations of the ocean, in particular from altimeter suites, including measurement physics and retrieval algorithms;
  • Demonstrable experience with scientific development projects and working with user communities and researchers;
  • Proven experience of processing of data from relevant space borne instruments;
  • Knowledge of the functioning, operations and processing of highresolution (synthetic aperture) radar altimeters would be an advantage;
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a UNIX environment and with scientifically-oriented coding languages, C/C++ and/or Fortran, and Python;
  • Familiarity with IDL and/or MATLAB, and JavaScript would be an advantage;
  • Strengths in analysis, synthesis and presentation, coupled with good interpersonal skills and a proven ability to apply these to the interactions within a team and between teams.

Download the job description (reference VN 18/62) to learn more about the opportunity and how to apply.

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