Earth Observation Consultant

South Coast, United Kingdom (UK), Sapienza Consulting [TM-1662]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

Our client is at the forefront of innovation in the satellite communications industry and are able to offer expertise to design, develop and operate state-of-the-art solutions and systems, world-wide. Their portfolio of services and technology know-how covers the entire spectrum of any satellite communication project, from market opportunity sizing and end-user requirements down to ground network development, commissioning, and operations. 
Our clients’ team is involved in establishing the requirements, design, capacity, performance and resource planning, verification and operation of satellite communications networks for both civil and military customers.
With this in mind, they are seeking a Senior EO Consultant to provide subject matter expertise in Earth Observation space-based sensor technologies and surveillance within both the civilian science and defence surveillance domains. Providing support to the Business Development team to provide inputs for winning proposals and bid content that provides solutions to our Client’s requirements, ensuring a comprehensive and consistent response and based on best practice.
In addition, you will participate in a variety of projects to provide innovative solutions for Earth Observation applications to our industrial, intergovernmental agencies and defence clients. 


  • Lead group efforts to develop and document technical solutions in response to customer requests for proposals (RFPs).
  • Collaborate in an R&D multi-industrial consortium team environment, to include providing mentoring, direction, and peer review of team members.
  • Subject matter expert for space-based sensor technology and supporting processes, including passive and dynamic sensors, with an in-depth knowledge of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) techniques.
  • Assess and evaluate the performance of remote sensing systems and relate sensor characteristics to the performance of automated and manual detection, classification, and characterization of targets.
  • Assessment and evaluation of space-based sensor data exploitation techniques of geospatial data to solve tactical, military, and intelligence problems using both real-time and forensic techniques (includes data processing, data analysis, tool development.)
  • Assessment and evaluation of signal and image processing algorithms for space-based sensor data processing and exploitation.
  • High-level architecture for space-based sensor surveillance data flows from detection though to acquisition, dissemination and presentation using advanced AI and machine learning technologies.
  • Assess and evaluate utility of applications for Earth Observation, multi-spectral, and/or radar sensor data.
  • Apply and interpret advanced engineering or scientific theories, concepts, and techniques.
  • Develop or direct the development of solutions for civilian and military applications to complex technical problems where little or no precedent exists, and innovation is required.
  • Serve as the primary customer interface on space-based sensor present and future technology development issues.
  • Knowledge and awareness of a wide portfolio of Earth Observation missions across Europe and USA, including both space and ground segments.
  • Implement algorithms in high-level scientific computing languages (MATLAB, IDL, Python).
  • Support formal software transition processes, including system/subsystem/component-level design.
  • Identification of the technology requirements for future Earth Observations missions, covering the whole spectrum (mainly platform and ground stations network, but also support to optical and RF instruments).
  • Knowledge and awareness of technology developments for future EO missions, in particular for the standardisation of the platform and for the communications with the ground segment.
  • Document research through technical reports and papers.
  • Support the Company Business Development team and provide relevant inputs for competitive commercial tenders.
  • Interaction within ESA and also with ESA’s Member States on EO future technologies e.g. through dedicated information days


  • UK, EU or NATO Security clearance required or at least the ability to successfully apply for clearance.
  • BSc degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 10 or more years related experience. or Ph.D., may substitute for 4 years of experience.
  • Programming skills in a high-level scripting language such as MATLAB, Interactive Data Language (IDL), STK or Python.
  • Experience and knowledge in Synthetic Apertures radar and other space-based radar technologies, including both dynamic and passive techniques.
  • Experience in AI and machine learning techniques in the EO data processing including image recognition and identification techniques.


  • Object-oriented programming, C/C++, Java, Javascript, AngularJS, Django, and Postgres, a plus.
  • SAR and radar simulation and modelling experience.

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