Archive and Data Access Engineer

  • Company: EUMETSAT
  • Job Location: Germany
  • Date: December 18, 2019 01:00
  • Employment Type: Any
  • Experience: Any
  • Job Functions:

    Engineering, Information Technology

Job summary

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

We are currently looking for an Archive and Data Access Engineer, with operational experience of working within the Climate, Meteorological or Oceanographic environments, to join our international team of young and inspiring engineers and industry professionals, tasked with driving innovation within the Space, Satellite and Earth Observation sector.

Job description


This role is routed 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 Data Centre Operations Team supports the archiving and data access services for the permanent storage of EUMETSAT’s satellite data and the discovery, search and access of this data by the user community.

In preparation of EUMETSAT’s next Generation Geostationary Satellite Programme (Meteosat Third Generation, MTG) the Archive and Data Access Engineer will play a key role in ensuring the successful and complete routine archiving of data and products from MTG satellites and their access by the users.


  • Specify and evolve a hosted processing service offering and coordinate management approval;
  • Conceptually develop, with a wide network of partners, Collaborative Processing Environments in several fields of thematic application of Earth Observation data, Numerical Weather Prediction data, etc.
  • Coordinate and, with first- and second-level support resources, assist user on-boarding to the hosted processing in relevant cloud environments of EUMETSAT and partners;
  • Coordinate the availability and provisioning of relevant input datasets on the systems identified in the use cases;
  • Report on system performance, usage and the fulfilment of relevant SLA’s and KPI's;


What we offer

  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 6,500 NET (after income tax) 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)



An IT professional with a university degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or another relevant discipline

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum two years of recent practical experience in the following:
    • Working in Unix / Linux environments
    • Scripting (Python, Perl, Bash) and/or Programming (Java, C++)
    • Working with Relational Databases (e.g. PostgreSQL)
  • Web Service development experience (API, XML, JavaScript);
  • Knowledge of software engineering, as well as verification and validation test methods;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, a pro-active attitude and the ability to work autonomously with a minimum of supervision under high workloads.

Experience in the following would be advantageous:

  • Hands-on experience with Earth Observation data and formats (e.g. netCDF, HDF, BUFR, GRIB);
  • Experience in using XML for the definition of meta-data, specification of configuration files, and data format representation;
  • Use of automated Software Test Tools for regression testing of new software releases (e.g. JUnit, QF Test);


Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and some knowledge of French is desirable.

More about us

EUMETSAT’s 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 can recruit nationals only from the 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).

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