Instrument Quality Tool Engineer

Earth Observation

Job ID: EOP-66

Deadline: 9 December 2016

Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESTEC and ESAC.
Aurora has the opportunity to expand our support to ESA in the domain of Earth Observation.
Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.


The Instrument Quality Tool Engineer will work in the MTG System Section and will cooperate closely with the Instrument Principal Engineer, the System Performance and INR Engineer, and the technical support from D/TEC where necessary.

The incumbent will report to the MTG-I Product and System Manager, Earth Observation Projects Department, and will be in charge of:

  • Follow up the development and procurement of the LI Quality Tools (IQT-I), its algorithms and associated tools;
  • Follow up the development and procurement of the LI Payload Data Generator (PDG);
  • Follow up the definition of the LI algorithms for simulation, on board processing, and Level 1 ground processing;
  • Provide technical support to Satellite and Instrument reviews;
  • Provide support to the LI calibration / characterisation on-ground and in-flight activities;
  • Provide support to the Validation & Verification of the tools;
  • Support the LI radiometric and geometric performance analyses;
  • Interface EUMETSAT in the IQT and PDG meetings;
  • Prototype in-house concurrent LI geometric and radiometric performance models.

Specific qualification requirements

  • The Candidate shall have  a university degree (master) or equivalent qualification in physics or engineering with experience in data processing of scientific instruments.
  • The applicants for this post should also be experienced with software packages such as C++, IDL, Matlab.
  • Proven experience in prototyping instrument simulators.
  • Proficient in the English Language (Spoken and Written).

Legal and Security Requirements

  • All applicants must be legally allowed to work in The Netherlands
  • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their passport and degree certificate. Aurora will validate the Degree with the issuing University and provide evidence to ESA.
  • Prior to issuing a letter of employment the applicant shall provide to Aurora a recent official document declaring that they are of good conduct from the country where currently resident.


The work will be performed at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


  • The selected candidate will receive good remuneration.
  • Will be registered for both social security and tax in the Netherlands.
  • The standard working hours are 40 per week. There are 12 public holidays and an additional 30 annual days holiday.
  • Training to improve efficiency and provide strength for future career are of course included.
  • Aurora assist with relocation both with support and financially.
  • Aurora contributes to a company pension scheme.

To be considered for this Position

Provide prior to 9 December 2016 a summary of why you are a good candidate for the position together with a complete and detailed Candidate Proposal Form  or CV and Motivation Letter to Mr. Davide Starnone, at email quoting reference EOP-66.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them to ESA by 13 December 2016, 13.00 hours.

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