Remote Sensing Scientist– At­mosp­he­ric Chemistry (Co­per­ni­cus)

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

EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful.

This role is rooted 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!

This position is located within the Atmospheric Chemistry Competence Area of EUMETSAT’s Remote Sensing and Products (RSP) Division. The RSP Division provides the scientific expertise required to develop, implement, validate, maintain, and evolve operational observational products for all EUMETSAT satellites and agreed third party missions such as Copernicus Sentinel-4, Sentinel-5, and CO2M.

For the coming decades, Copernicus Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 will be Europe’s backbone missions for the operational monitoring of air quality and atmospheric chemistry from the geostationary and low earth orbits, respectively. For the first time, this unique combination of missions will provide both global daily coverage as well as observations of the diurnal cycle over the European domain. The list of applications ranges from observations of air quality parameters, such as the amount of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, and the monitoring of stratospheric ozone and surface UV radiation to the global monitoring of methane, which is highly relevant for climate forcing.

The Remote Sensing Scientist – Atmospheric Chemistry (Copernicus) will support the scientific activities for the prototyping, development, validation, evolution and monitoring of products from the Copernicus Sentinel-4/Ultraviolet Visible Near-infrared (UVN), the Sentinel-5/Ultraviolet Visible Near-infrared Shortwave-infrared (UVNS), and the CO2M/NO2I missions.

What you’ll be doing

  • Support the scientific development enhancement of atmospheric chemistry and composition products from ultra-violet, visible, near and short-wave infrared satellite instruments, with a focus on the Copernicus Sentinel-4/UVN, Sentinel-5/UVNS, and CO2M instruments;

  • Provide scientific support to the operational implementation of data processing and products, including prototyping of software and provision of associated documentation;

  • Define and carry out calibration, validation, and long-term monitoring activities for the Copernicus Sentinel-4/UVN, Sentinel-5/UVNS, and CO2M/NO2I product suite in cooperation with ESA, other agencies and the scientific and user community;

  • Liaise with and provide support to the operational user community to facilitate uptake of the products;

  • Instigate and lead external scientific studies, including management of related contracts;

  • Take an active role in the detailed formulation of requirements for future products and services, responding to the evolving needs of the users.


  • A university degree in remote sensing or another relevant discipline is required.

Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced knowledge of optical remote sensing techniques for trace gases and other atmospheric composition parameters and direct experience in retrieval of trace gases and other atmospheric composition products from ultra-violet, visible, near and short-wave infrared spectrometers;
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of radiative transfer models;
  • Proven experience of processing large-volumes of data from relevant space borne instruments;
  • Demonstrable experience with scientific development projects and working with user communities and researchers;
  • Experience of working in a UNIX environment and with scientifically-oriented coding languages like C/C++, Python and/or MATLAB;
  • 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.

What we offer

  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 7,500 / month NET (after tax) based on skills and experience;

  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;

  • Private medical coverage for employee and family;

  • Attractive final salary pension;

  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;

  • Training and development support;

  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).

Gem job

Publiceret: 8. februar 2024


Darmstadt, Germany