Earth Observation Specialist (SAR)- (ESA-ESRIN)

Frascati, Italia, Serco Europe [2302]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

Serco is a leading Space Services Provider with thousands of skilled resources that has supported over 50 space missions on behalf of more than 10 Space or Government agencies around the globe, including the ESA and NASA. Serco offers space capability across the full space lifecycle from satellite testing to Launch services, LEOP to spacecraft operations, space surveillance to data management, and supporting downstream application development. With over 55 years history in the space sector Serco is well placed to contribute to National strategies across the globe.

Due to continued growth, Serco has an exciting opportunity for a Earth Observation Specialist. This person will support data exploitation activities on behalf of ESA, so we are currently looking for a skilled expert in the SAR R&D domain also with experience on Cryospheric Science to provide support to the Earth Observation Programmes Green Solutions Division of ESA/ESRIN. Through this task the Contractor shall support the Agency for technical activities related to the preparation, monitoring and management of EO applied research projects carried out by external scientists or industrial teams in the context of ESA data exploitation programmes.

The position is for a specialist in EO remote sensing with experience in the field of SAR R&D, Cryospheric Science research, products, algorithms and applications.


Reporting to the Serco Contract manager, main responsibilities are:

  • Perform literature survey and document state-of-the-art EO methodologies for science and application developments.
  • Support ESA Technical Officer in the different phases of projects.
  • Generation of scientific and technical notes whenever needed during the relevant project phases.
  • Participation to project meetings and reviews.
  • Support the review of technical deliverables from projects.
  • Follow related software algorithms development as well as tools, test them and report on development.
  • Propose and perform feasibility studies for new development and new areas for applications.
  • Interface new potential users, support tools/methods integration in ESA systems, deliver practical utilization and functioning exercises.
  • Handle data for exploitation activities.
  • Identify possible evolution for products, tools and methods.
  • Provide support to the organisation and running of scientific workshops, user consultation meetings and training courses.


The specialist will work in a team of multilingual experts. In order to answer to our current customers, we are looking for a candidate fluent in English. Additional language is an asset.

The successful applicant will hold a master or higher degree in Physics, Remote Sensing or similar, have an in-depth knowledge of satellite remote sensing, and experience in massive remote sensing data processing and analysis, in particular of SAR sensors and in the Cryosphere field, in view of exploiting Sentinels and upcoming Earth Explorers and Copernicus missions.

Other skills:

  • Scientific programming (e.g. Python, Jupiter notebooks, R, Matlab, C, C++).
  • Experience in data processing within a cloud environment.
  • Experience in sentinel data processing using ESA sentinel toolboxes.
  • Scientific and application project management.
  • Good technical and analytical skills.
  • Good documentation writing skills.
  • Good knowledge of the Cryosphere research community and key international scientific programmes.
  • Ability to manage several tasks in parallel and to prioritise.
  • Capability to work in a team.
  • Pro-active approach to problem identification and resolution.
  • Fluent English (written and spoken).



Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.


What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Comprehensive package of benefits offered by the company.
  • Assistance with relocation can be provided, details available upon request.
  • Engaging company events to foster team spirit.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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