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Professor in Earth Observation Science (EOS) group at the University of Leicester, which is an interdisciplinary team based in the Space Research Centre of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Hartmut worked for several years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the development of the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission. He also joined the EOS Group at the University of Leicester as a RCUK research fellow in 2007, focusing on the analysis of greenhouse gas observations from the GOSAT mission and on the preparation of future greenhouse gas missions.

Elsewhere, Hartmut is a Science Team member of the NASA ACOS (formerly OCO) project and the NASA OCO-2 mission, a GOSAT RA researcher, a member of the ESA Advisory Group for the ESA Earth Explorer 8 Candidate mission Carbonsat, a co-proposer of the Tropical Carbon Mission, co-I and project manager for the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) GHG theme phase 1, and investigator for the EU FP7 MACC-II and InGOS projects.