Within the Clouds and Aerosol Competence Area (ClA-CA) of the Remote Sensing and Products Division (RSP), the
Remote Sensing Scientist – 3MI Polarimetry
will work on the extraction of radiance, polarisation, aerosol and cloud products from observations of the Multi-viewing, Multi-channel, Multi-polarisation Imager (3MI) instrument to be flown on future EUMETSAT Metop-SG satellites.
EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation’s Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.
EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.
As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom).
Provide scientific and technical expertise on the processing and analysis of 3MI instrument data, including the co-registration of 3MI images, in support of environment monitoring and forecasting applications and climate applications;
Support the development, prototyping and validation of agreed “Day 1” 3MI radiance, polarisation, aerosol and cloud products, focussing initially on radiance, polarisation and cloud products and continuing with aerosol products;
Contribute to calibration, validation, and monitoring of 3MI radiance, polarisation, aerosol and cloud products, in collaboration with mission partners and the scientific and user communities;
Contribute to the detailed formulation of requirements for new or enhanced 3MI products in response to the needs of user communities;
Support the development, prototyping and validation of new or enhanced 3MI products;
Based on interactions with the scientific and user communities, contribute to the advancement of the understanding of innovative measurements of cloud and aerosol properties and related products and to the preparation and development of their applications;
Support interactions with mission and international partners.
Demonstrated knowledge of physics of optical remote sensing of cloud and aerosol properties including experience in the use of radiative transfer models;
Knowledge of the most relevant imagery missions, including multi-viewing, multi-polarisation, multi-spectral imaging missions, their products, applications and user communities;
Detailed knowledge of the functioning, operation, and data processing of multi-viewing, multi-polarisation, multi-spectral imaging instruments;
Experience of multi-viewing, multi-polarisation, multi-spectral imaging instrument calibration and characterisation, and development of radiance, polarisation, aerosol and cloud products, including long-term monitoring and validation would be an advantage;
Experience of satellite data processing systems and very good skills in a higher programming language (e.g. C++, Fortran);
Strong communication and presentation skills including demonstrated experience in writing scientific and technical documents;
Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills.
University degree or equivalent in remote sensing of atmospheric composition parameters, meteorology, physics or another relevant discipline;
Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.
The initial contract will be of 4 years’ duration, with subsequent 5 year contracts being awarded thereafter, subject to individual performance and organisation requirements. There is no limit to the amount of follow-up contracts a staff member can receive up to the EUMETSAT retirement age of 63 and there are certainly opportunities to establish a long career perspective at EUMETSAT.
This post is graded A2/A4 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 5,612 per month (net of internal tax) which may be negotiable on the basis of skills and experience. The salary scale provides for increments on the anniversary of taking up employment, and scales are reviewed by the EUMETSAT Council with effect from 1 January each year. In addition to basic salary, EUMETSAT offers attractive benefits. Further information, including salary details, is available on the EUMETSAT web site.
EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunity work environment for men and women.
The closing date is 1 July 2019
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited based on their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.