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Intern for the Earth Observation Copernicus mission CHIME

Job Requisition ID: 18088

Closing Date: 30 November 2023 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Directorate: Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes

Publication: External Only

Vacancy Type: Intern

Date Posted: 1 November 2023

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


Our team and mission

This position is based at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) - Noordwijk, Netherlands

Within the EOP Projects Department, the Copernicus Sentinel Expansion missions are currently under development. One of those missions is the CHIME (Copernicus Hyperspectral Imaging Mission for the Environment). CHIME plans to carry a unique visible to shortwave infrared spectrometer to provide routine hyperspectral observations to support new and enhanced services for sustainable agricultural and biodiversity management, as well as soil property characterisation.

By performing an internship in the CHIME project, you will participate to the system engineering and payload engineering section activities related to the evaluation of end-to-end mission performances.

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Field(s) of activity for the internship

By performing an internship in the CHIME project, you will engage yourself in the evaluation of end-to-end mission performances of hyperspectral data. The software which you will use is the end-to-end simulator (E2E) and the Observation Performance Simulator (OPSI). Using these simulators you will be able to test and validate data flow from geophysical parameters through the instrument and satellite subsystems up to the final level 2 data products, such as vegetation traits.

You will be responsible for:

  • Helping to define the reference scenes for testing the Level 1 and Level 2 performance as support to the OPSI and E2E. You will interact with the developers of the Level 1 and Level 2 algorithms to define an optimal verification and validation plan.
  • Helping to define algorithms necessary to the estimation of the estimation of per-pixel uncertainties measurement associated to Level 1 and Level 2 data products and for their implementation in dedicated software tool(s) to run either as standalone or as support to the OPSI and E2E.

As part of this activities you will contribute to the pre-flight verification and validation of the mission performance and to the identification and propagation of the uncertainty contributors in the level 1 and level 2 processing chains.


You must have student status and be enrolled at university for the entire duration of the internship. You should preferably be in your final or second to last year of a university course at master's level in a technical or scientific discipline.

Additional requirements

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

Additional Requirements:

  • Technical or scientific background, e.g., physics, electromagnetics, remote sensing
  • Familiarity with development of data analysis tools, e.g., Python or MATLAB

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email .

Functie:intern for
Salaris:onbekend – onbekend
Uren per week:1 – 40

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