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Reference : UMR3589-ALADAB-004
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Monday, February 03, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 18 months
Expected date of employment : 1 April 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2076€ and 2311€ / month depending on experience
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
Within the Centre National de Recherche Météorologiques, the research laboratory of the french weather service Météo-France, the Group of Experimental and Instrumental Meteorology (GMEI in french) is involved in the development of the ground segment of the Doppler Wind Lidar mission AEOLUS of the European Space Agency. The satellite was placed in orbit on the 22nd of August, 2018. Designed for measuring winds at the global scale throughout the entire depth of the atmosphere, AEOLUS is the first wind lidar ever launched. It is also a high-spectral-resolution lidar able to detect and optically characterize aerosol particles. Member of a Europen team, GMEI is specifically responsible for:
- the calibration processors that estimate the spectral and radiometric characteristics of AEOLUS receivers;
- the L2A processor that retrieves the optical properties of aerosols and clouds.
The processors are developed in the MATLAB langage and delivered to ESA that is responsible for their implementation within the ground segment of the mission.
The candidate will join a team of two persons responsible for the maintenance and the improvement of the processors. He/she will more specifically be in charge of the calibration processors (corrective and improving maintenance, assessment of their performances, studies of new, improved solutions, support to the teams implementing the processors in the ground segment), he/she will support the other team members for the evaluation of the performances of the L2A, either by the conduction of internal checks, or by comparisons with external data, he/she will contribute to the writing of documents and reports required by ESA. The position involves the participation to regular working/progress meetings in Europe, as well as international conferences. Meetings are in English.
- Engineering of Master degree in remote sensing and/or atmospheric sciences.
- Good knowledge of the MATLAB langage or any other type of similar programming langage, as well as the LINUX environment.
- A past experience in remote sensing from space will be appreciated.
- The candidate must have a good team spirit, be able to work independently and enjoy solving new problems.
The CNRM is the research centre of Météo-France. With approximately 230 permanent staff, its mission is to develop the knowledge and tools that Météo-France needs to produce forecasts of the weather, air quality and climate. One of the 6 units forming the CNRM, the GMEI is specialized in the study of meteorological phenomena using measuring instruments. With a permanent staff of about thirty, the GMEI has been involved for many years in the development and operation of the AEOLUS mission, through ESA contracts, and within a European team.
Constraints and risks
The person recruited will be expected to participate in project progress meetings (3/year, 2 days in Europe) and conferences (1-2/year, 4-5 days).
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