Remote Sensing Scientist - Optical Radiative Transfer

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Organisation: EUMETSAT

The holder of the post will be part of the Image Navigation, Registration and Calibration Competence Area (INRC CA) of the Remote Sensing and Products Division (RSP). The holder of the post will follow-up and assess scientific developments in optical atmospheric radiative transfer modelling and develop and maintain enhanced radiative transfer tools. These tools are essential for the generation, vicarious calibration and validation of products from optical instruments of current (EPS and MSG) and future (MTG and EPS-SG) satellite systems.


  • Review requirements and lead the selection and/or applications of enhanced radiative transfer models in the optical spectrum (from the UV to the Infrared) to be used in the generation, vicarious calibration and validation of products from optical instruments, or to develop new algorithms, generate test data for processing chains and anomaly investigation;
  • Support the implementation and maintenance of radiative transfer models in development and operational environments, and their use for product generation, vicarious calibration and product validation;
  • Improve existing tools for vicarious instrument calibration and product validation using radiative transfer models;
  • Write and maintain documentation on radiative transfer models in use at EUMETSAT;
  • Support scientific aspects of the analysis of mission/system trade-offs and in the implementation and extension of radiative transfer models for use in product generation chains;
  • Coordinate the maintenance and further development of radiative transfer models to analyse the adequacy and correctness of user requirements;
  • Initiate and manage internal and external studies on the extension of relevant radiative transfer code;
  • Cooperate with external experts and support dedicated interactions with partner organisations (e.g. NWP SAF, ECMWF, ESA, NOAA) and the world-wide science community.

Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.