Earth Observation Applications Engineer (M/F)

Reference : ERIN-2020-043

Type: Engineer
Contract type: Permanent contract
Place: Belvaux



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The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.

You will be part of the LIST Environmental Research and Innovation department

As part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the work of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department tackles some of the major environmental challenges our society is facing today (e.g. adaptation to climate change, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, environmental pollution prevention and control).

To this end, the mission of the ERIN department is:

(1) to conduct impact-driven scientific research and development, as well as technological innovation;

(2) to support companies in the implementation of new environmental regulations and advise governments on determining sustainable policies for the future, with the objectives of:

  • Analysing, managing and exploiting sustainable resources (water, air, soil, renewable energy, bioresources).
  • Reducing the environmental impact of human consumption and production activities.

Within the ERIN department, the ‘Environmental Sensing and Modelling’ (ENVISION) unit contributes to this mission by carrying out impact-driven research, geared towards monitoring, forecasting and predicting environmental systems in a changing world. An interdisciplinary team of around 50 scientists, engineers, post-docs and PhD candidates is developing new environmental process understanding, alongside new tools and technologies – operating at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales.

Embedded into the ENVISION unit, the ‘Remote sensing and natural resources modelling’ research group capitalizes on a blend of remote sensing data obtained from space- and air-borne platforms, as well as in-situ measured data, for producing information on the status of natural resources for public and private stakeholders.




To strengthen its activities in Earth Observation (EO) applications, LIST is offering a permanent position for an EO Applications engineer. In collaboration with the unit’s remote sensing and numerical modelling scientists, she/he will contribute to the design or advancement of EO-based environmental applications across a wide range of topics (e.g., natural disasters such as floods and droughts, water resources management, maritime surveillance, food security, precision agriculture, natural resource management, etc.).

The successful candidate will contribute to RDI projects by:

  • Integrating and implementing scientific algorithms on high performance and distributed computing infrastructures to support the development of operational Earth Observation applications.
  • Contributing to the improvement / optimization and performance analysis of Earth Observation algorithms implemented in Cloud environments.
  • Contributing to software development, integration, testing and deployment.
  • Integrating scientific algorithms (including image processing algorithms and numerical models) on high performance and distributed computing infrastructures to support the development of operational Earth Observation applications.
  • Handling and processing of big data sets.
  • Acting as the reference point for technical decisions related to the design and evolution of Earth Observation (and drone) applications.
  • Fixing bugs, or improve existing code when required.
  • Maintaining documentation of the developed code, according to the institute’s standards.
  • Maintaining state-of-the-art expertise in the field of Earth Observation operational platforms.
  • Contributing to the development of partnerships and networks at national and international levels.
  • Contributing to the technical content of new research proposals and commercialisation projects.

Moreover, the successful candidate will contribute to the dissemination, valorisation and transfer of RDI results through:

  • Software licensing.
  • Participation in the drafting of technical reports, scientific articles, patents and inventions.
  • Participation in the implementation of technological solutions (proof-of-concepts, prototypes).



  • Msc. In Computer engineering / geomatics / geo-informatics / telecommunications engineering (or similar).
  • At least 2 years working experience as an Earth Observation Applications Engineer.
  • Good knowledge of EO toolkits (e.g., GDAL, SNAP, EnMAP box, etc.).
  • Experience with distributed cloud storage systems and cloud computing services.
  • Experience in HPC (including heterogeneous architectures).
  • Some experience with image processing software.
  • Knowledge in OGC web service standards (e.g., WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS, SOS, GeoAPI).
  • Experience in using geospatial tools, like QGIS, GDAL and geospatial data servers, like MapServer and GeoServer.
  • Very good knowledge of programming (e.g. Shell scripting, Python, Cython, C++, GPU, etc.).
  • Good experience in software development practices, such as requirements gathering, version control, testing, security issues and writing software documentation.
  • Communicative and willing to learn, self-organized, and creative.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an international team across the ENVISION RDI unit.
  • English is mandatory.
  • Luxembourgish, French and/or German are considered as assets.



Candidates interested in the above position can apply online on our website
The application file should include:

  • A CV (which includes a list of the most relevant developed software)
  • A motivation letter
  • The names of two or three referees


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 Patrick MATGEN PhD
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