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VN 20/31 Junior Ground Stations System Engineer

EUMETSAT will fully deploy its next generation geostationary and low Earth orbit satellite systems, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and the EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation (EPS-SG), in the next five years.

Both systems comprise comprehensive ground segments, including ground stations for commanding and controlling the fleets of satellites and acquiring their data.

Within the Ground Stations Competence Area (GS CA) of the System Engineering and Projects Division (SEP), the Junior Ground Stations System Engineer will provide ground station engineering support to the development of both systems, and to operations of the Meteosat Second Generation, EUMETSAT Polar System and Jason systems.


  • Support the definition, execution and evaluation of tests for upgrades or refurbishment of ground stations;
  • Contribute to relevant aspects of ground segment and system integration, verification and validation tests;
  •  Support the definition and control the implementation of integrated maintenance plans for ground stations;

  • Support the definition of requirements and specifications for ground station upgrades or new ground stations;

  • Contribute to procurements of new ground stations, upgrades and maintenance and support services, and follow-up the execution of contracts;
  •  Support the assembly, integration and testing of new ground stations procured from industry;

  •  Acquire knowledge on CCSDS standards for ground stations engineering and hands on experience on link budgets engineering and supporting tools.



Darmstadt, Germany


A university degree (or equivalent) in Systems Engineering relevant discipline


The official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French. Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.


25 August 2020


  • Strong motivation to develop towards full professionalism in an international environment in the area of Ground Stations System Engineering;
  • Readiness to learn / expand the own knowledge combined with excellent interpersonal skills and the proven ability to work in a team;
  • For this role some of the following would be advantageous:
    • Background in system engineering in electronics or telecommunication as much as possible related to ground stations;
    • Initial experience in testing, integrating, verifying and/or validating systems.


The initial contract will be under the EUMETSAT Early Career Employee Programme (ECEP), for two (2) years with grade A1 on the EUMETSAT salary scale. Subject to successful performance, a further contract of 5 years’ duration will be awarded in a post graded A2-A4. Additional contracts may be awarded thereafter, subject to individual performance and organisational 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.

The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 4538 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 opportunities work environment for men and women.
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.


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).