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Research assistant (Data Engineer) (f/m/d) PLATO PCOT

Freie Universität Berlin
Fecha inicio solicitud: 
Lun, 08/11/2021
Fecha límite solicitud: 
Lun, 29/11/2021


The position announced is part of the work performed by the PLATO Mission Consortium (PMC) and will be performed in close cooperation with PMC partners in Berlin (Institut für Planetenforschung des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.), other European PMC members and with ESA.
Applicants shall contribute to the work of the PLATO Calibration and Operations Team (PCOT) and take part in supporting the PLATO Data Center (PDC), the Science Operations Center (SOC) and other groups within the Science Ground Segment (SGS) concerning issues on design, requirements management, integration and verification of the PLATO On-ground data processing Calibration pipeline.

Job description:
Ground segment data processing engineering support to the PLATO Calibration and Operations Team (PCOT).
- Supporting the design and elicitation of requirements of the CPDS (Calibration Parameters Derivation System).
- Supporting definition of the calibration products derived from the CPDS.
- Interface with the Data Processing System (DPS) for the provision of the on-board science configuration parameters via CPDS.
- Interface with PDC for the provision of calibration parameters used for instrumental corrections on the L1 ground-processing pipeline.
- Supporting implementation of CPDS interfaces with the rest of the Ground Data Processing (GDP) subsystems.
- Supporting the CPDS verification and overall GDP verification.
- Supporting the PCOT Manager (PCOTM) with the elaboration of Calibration and Operations plans and P/L User Manual.

- A Master degree in engineering or physics

(Professional) Experience:
- Professional experience in a scientific or technical environment.

- Experience in optical payload operations and associated software systems is highly desirable.
- Experience in Agile and/or DevOps methodologies and DevOps would be a further asset.
- Experience in ground processing pipelines for space instruments (preferably optical payload).
- Understanding of development and maintenance of ground infrastructure and/or software systems.
- Knowledge of large operations and associated software systems, preferably space-based high motivation, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, excellent communication skills.

- very good written and spoken English language competences
- good programming skills
- good documentation skills

Practical information

Applications should be sent by e-mail, together with significant documents, indicating the reference code (WiMi_PLATO-PCOT_Planetologie 2021_EN), in PDF format (preferably as one document) to Mrs. Prof. Dr. Heike Rauer: or postal to

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Geowissenschaften

Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften

FR Planetologie und Fernerkundung

Mrs. Prof. Dr. Heike Rauer

Malteserstr. 74-100

Haus D, 12249 Berlin (Lankwitz)


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