Earth Observation Data Processing Engineer

European Space Agency - Frascati, Lazio

Earth Observation Data Processing Engineer in the Copernicus Ground Segment Operations Management Section, Copernicus Ground Segment and Data Management Division, Earth Observation Mission Management and Ground Segment Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.

The Copernicus Ground Segment is implemented on a service-based architecture making use of cloud technology to optimise the scalability and performance of the CSC operations.

The Copernicus Sentinel data processors are implemented based on algorithms specified during the pre-launch phase, consolidated and maintained as part of the operations phase.


You will report to the Head of Copernicus and Ground Segment and Data Management Division and will be allocated the following initial duties:

  • managing the procurement activities for the re-engineering and maintenance of the Copernicus Sentinel raw data and instrument corrected data processing software leading to ready-to-use cloud-optimised software packages;
  • providing expertise on Copernicus Sentinel data format aimed at optimising the handling of the data in a cloud-based environment and streamlining user exploitation (e.g. data cube interfaces);
  • supporting the CSC Ground Segment managers in all aspects related to their duties coordinating the specific Sentinel Ground Segment operations;
  • interacting with the Copernicus Space Segment teams from the early phases of the HPCM and NG space segment activities to prepare the operational implementation of the future HPCM & NG processing software;
  • contributing to the HPCM & NG Space Segment implementation reviews and to the preparation of the integration of HPMC & NG missions in the CSC Ground Segment operations framework;
  • managing the procurement activities for the implementation of the HPCM & NG cloud-optimised operational data processing software.

Technical competencies Good knowledge of Earth Observation data formatting in particular for the Sentinels Data Good knowledge in software development on a cloud based environment Good knowledge in Earth Observation data handling Experience in Scientific (e.g. EO) software development Behavioural competencies Communication Planning & Organisation Problem Solving Responsible Decision-Making Teamwork Education

You should have a Master's degree in physics, engineering or Earth sciences with particular emphasis on data processing.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.

The closing date for applications is 18 December 2020 .

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