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C++ Software Engineer for Satellite based Remote Sensing Data

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Duration of contract

3 years


according to the German 14 TVöD

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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

In the framework of the EU Copernicus Sentinel-5, Sentinel-4, and Sentinel-5 Precursor  missions, DLR’s Remote Sensing Technology Institute plays a leading role in the development of processing systems and algorithms for the accurate determination of atmospheric composition gases like ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, glyoxal, as well as aerosol and cloud properties. These algorithms are used operationally in near-real-time and off-line processing environments.

The tasks are carried out in close cooperation with national and international partners. We offer an excellent work environment and provide the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists in the field of satellite-based atmospheric remote sensing.

We are interested in highly motivated people who deliver high quality work. The holder of the post is encouraged to present scientific results at international conferences and publish in scientific journals.

The holder of the position will be responsible for the following tasks:

Development of software systems in C++ for the retrieval of atmospheric trace gas parameters:

  • Implementation of software for operational 24/7 systems

  • Analysis and design of retrieval software for the atmospheric Sentinel missions

  • Further development of existing systems, particularly for the Sentinel-5, Sentinel-4, and Sentinel-5 Precursor missions

  • Integration of the retrieval systems in operational ground segments for data processing in near real-time and offline mode

  • Development and improvement of novel scientific algorithms

  • Research in the field ofmachine learning for retrieval algorithms

  • Elaboration of suitable test procedures

  • Documentation of the software and execution of test runs covering the following main aspects:

    • Documentation of software, used test procedures, and test results

    • Participation in test campaigns

    • Analysis of test data

Your qualifications:

  • university degree (diploma, master) in informatics, computer science, engineering sciences or an equivalent field is required
  • at least 5 years of proven experience with code development in C++ (11/14/17) is required
  • practical experience with software development under Linux/Unix including necessary tools (for example, Eclipse, CMake, GCC, SVN) is required
  • good knowledge of numerical mathematics and associated routines and libraries is required
  • hands-on experience in developing multi-threaded applications
  • good knowledge of the English language is required
  • passionate for producing high-quality, production-ready and well-tested code
  • team spirit and experience in project work
  • experience with scripting languages such as Python is advantageous
  • sound knowledge in the area of scientific algorithm development and machine learning is an asset
  • knowledge in satellite-based remote sensing of the atmosphere is an asset

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Technical contact

Diego Loyola
Phone: +49 8153 28-1367

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Trautmann
Remote Sensing Technology Institute

Phone: +49 8153 28-1404

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