Data Processing Systems Engineer (2 positions)

We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

Data Processing Systems Engineer (2 positions)

You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 1 year may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.

Your Tasks:

The engineer shall cover the following:

Data processing in phase B/C/D

The Engineer shall:

  • Perform tasks related to data processing engineering in support of the DPS&A team.
  • Provide services to the Data Processing engineering team, including:
    • Follow-up on the facility supplier’s activities
    • Review of the data pack delivered for the reviews
    • Support preparation of Client’s deliverables to the contractors
    • Participation in the contractors` reviews
    • Support for the Data pack for the OGS CDR and possibly other intermediate checkpoints
    • Support of the relevant OGS and System activities
    • Technical baseline engineering monitoring and update
    • Tests and acceptance phases preparation
  • Provide expertise in data processing engineering;
  • Contribute to raising, processing and coordinating RIDs in the documentation provided by the prime contractor of the facility in the different reviews that will take place in the different programmes.
  • Contribute and participate on request to progress meetings;
  • Contribute to technical meetings, scheduling, and planning coordination meetings.
  • Participate in data processing team meetings and associated activities and reviews where required in the area of data processing system engineering inside of DPS&A CA.
  • Contribute and participate on request to dedicated technical workshops;
  • Provide training, through written materials, practical demonstrations and presentations, to other parties involved in the related projects (including controllers, analysts and engineers).
  • Undertake training identified as necessary to become familiar with the system and be able to perform their tasks;
  • Become familiar with the facility usage, setup, configuration and installation once delivered by the prime contractor.
  • Contribute to the facility handover to OGS integration team and /or operations.
  • Perform requirements engineering in DOORS for related data processing requirements. This includes review, specification and refinement of existing requirements, their up-traces to parent Ground Segment specifications, justifications and verification methods;
  • Ensure coherency of requirements with processors’ specifications;
  • Provide inputs to the definition of ICDs between data processing elements and other GS functions;
  • Provide inputs to the definition of testing and Operational scenarios for data processing elements;
  • Provide inputs to the definition of data processing concepts and trade-offs to support requirements understanding and justification.

Data processing in phase E:

The Engineer shall:

  • Contribute to the maintenance activities, including characterisation of system component behaviour against required performance, proposal and implementation of system alterations (including component modification) to achieve required performance.
  • Contribute to the evolution activities, including conceptual design, requirements specification, functional modelling, system analysis, and concept development to support increased performance, rationalisation of components, and cost reduction.
  • Contribute to raising, processing and coordinating anomalies, their documentation, investigation, classification and resolution/mitigation, including participation in relevant Anomaly Review Boards.

During phase C/D/E the Engineer shall provide contributions to the Technical Notes with comments on the revision (i.e. list of Review Item Discrepancy - RID) to the following documents:

  • Review System Requirements Document (either to the new or update to existing documents);
  • Contribution to Risk Register and first version of the Project Management Plan;
  • Review System analyses and concept Documents (Consolidated Design);
  • Contribution/ revision to Identification of testing needs (test data or test tools), as part of the test plan;
  • Identified uncertainties in the budget estimates (time and cost);
  • Review Design Documents at system and sub-system level (preliminary) (including ICDs);
  • Review System and Integration Test Plan;
  • Review Set of finalised Design Documents, including final ICDs;
  • Review Test documentation, covering Integration, Verification and Validation aspects;
  • Support to the identification of Operations Documentation updates (SCP, GCP, OPS Guide) and needs for training;
  • Review MME delta design.



Your Profile:

Each key person shall:

  • Have a university degree (or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to the job profile.
  • Have at least 3 years’ relevant in preparation of requirements, design, interfaces and testing documentation for data processing systems for Earth Observation missions (experience on data processing for high data rates missions will be considered an asset);
  • Have demonstrated experience knowledge of the requirements engineering process, including relation between requirements, ICDs, design and testing documentation;
  • Have demonstrated ability to learn and develop the needed skills and knowledge to contribute to the implementation of the service. This includes the ability to rapidly absorb, and make use of, information presented in written and oral communications in a dynamic context;
  • Have demonstrated experience with UNIX/Linux operating systems.
  • Be fluent in English (communication and writing skills)
  • Have the willingness to work within a multi-disciplinary context in cooperation with other teams. The ability to maintain a system overview is essential.
  • Have a systematic approach to work, be able to plan their work and to cope with tight schedules and multiple tasks.
  • Have the capability to write accurate and consistent technical documentation.

At least one of the key persons shall have more than 8 years’ relevant experience with L1/L2 processing software for Earth Observation missions, either for operations/maintenance or specification and development.

Furthermore, it would be highly desirable for the team to have experience with or knowledge of some of the following: (At least one of the key persons)

  • knowledge of the IBM DOORS tool or an equivalent for requirements management;
  • experience of validating complex remote sensing data processing systems;
  • knowledge of ECSS and CCSDS standards;
  • knowledge and/or experience of quality control, instrument calibration and IV&V.



LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany

CONTACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLOSING DATE: 11th January 2019

MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.