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Mission Control System Engineer (MCSE) m/f



Copernicus S-3

Required Start Date




Submission Deadline

As soon as possible


EUMETSAT - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


LSE Space is looking for an experienced Engineer (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty of: 

         Mission Control System Engineer (MCSE)

for our customer EUMETSAT  in Darmstadt/Germany.

For our activities at EUMETSAT, we are currently seeking to employ a highly motivated and enthusiastic Mission Control System Engineer to work with the Sentinel-3 Flight Operations Segment within the Mission Control Systems Team of the Flight Operations Division at EUMETSAT, in an exciting innovative international environment.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be:

The Mission Control System Engineer (MCSE) shall perform tasks related to mission control operations, during the routine operations phase.

The tasks primarily involve the operations and operational conficuration of:

• The Flight Operations Segment Mission Control System (FOS MCS - based on SCOS-2000);

• The Network Data Interface Unit (NDIU) interface to the S-Band TT &C ground station equipment;

• Other operational interfaces of the MCS, including those within the FOS;

• Satellite on-board software maintenance capability, and;

• Satellite simulator.

The MCSE performs or contributes to the maintenance, update, validation and documentation of the mission control operational implementation and application software. The operational implementation is defined in the relevant operations procedures and documentation produced by and for the operations team, execution scripts used to operate and/or maintain the FOS MCS, and operational databases and displays related to satellite payload and platform monitoring and control, in the context of the provision of Sentinel-3 operational services.


Academic Requirements


Applicants require a University (or similar) degree in engineering, physics or similar applicable discipline.

Specific Requirements


Ideal candidate

The Key person shall have a university degree (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline relevant to the job profile together with the experience and capability to fulfill the assigned tasks without supervision.

You shall have the following background:

• At least 3 years experience defining and executing spacecraft and related ground segment system operations;

• At least 3 years experience operating and/or maintaining spacecraft monitoring and control systems based on SCOS-2000 and employing the Packet Utilisation Standards (PUS);

• At least 3 years experience developing and/or maintaining spacecraft mission control systems software for a platform based on the Linux operating system.

• At least 2 years experience defining and implementing the verification and validation of spacecraft mission control systems software;

• At least 2 years experience of spacecraft and ground segment operations preparation and early operations activities, including operations procedure development and system validation, and commissioning;

You should be able to provide standby/call-out support, if required, to report to the Mission Control Centre.

In addition, it would be distinctly advantageous to have experience of the following:

• Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft and related ground segment system operations, in particular for ERS, SPOT, Envisat and/or Metop;

• Network Data Interface Unit (NDIU) systems and their operation in support of the interface between the MCS and TTC ground stations;

• Satellite simulator maintenance and/or operation, preferably including the Portable Satellite Simulator (PSS);

• Maintenance of satellite on-board software.



Background information


The official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the Key person must be able to work effectively in this language.

Location of work: Darmstadt/Germany. Travel within Europe and to the USA may be required for certain activities.

Start date: Tbd

Benefits: A permanent employment contract. Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package. Career path.


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment?

Then apply online as soon as possible.


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