Open Science Platform Engineer

Frascati, Italy, ESA [12488]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Telecommunications Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for an Open Science Platform Engineer.

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

You will report to the Head of the Digital Platforms Section, Data Applications Division, Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes. You will perform your tasks in close cooperation with other Directorate staff.
You will be part of a dynamic team leading EO research and applications activities, in partnership with European and international industry and academia, developing the next generation of platforms for hosting new EO methods and products, advancing Earth science, pioneering Open Science practices, exploring latest collaborative and research tools and translating this experience into new approaches to exploit EO missions.

As part of the Digital Platforms Section, you will be responsible for advancing platform capabilities and tools that contribute to a Network of Resources maximising the benefits of advancing ICT to support Open Science and data-intensive research, promoting collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and enabling novel data-driven research across Earth system disciplines. This will involve operating in a dynamic collaborative environment connected to a team of EO experts and scientists and to a network of research laboratories, scientific institutions and industrial partners distributed across all Member States.



  • identifying, assessing and implementing innovative ideas for shared platform services and tools, leveraging leading-edge ICT innovation that facilitates EO exploitation by EO data scientists;
  • providing support to the OGC Exploitation Platform Domain Working Group;
  • advancing the use of innovative data access and analytics environments based on data cube technology;
  • providing support to the ESA EO Science Hub and the ESA Digital Twin initiative supervising the implementation of relevant platform functions and the operational use of Network of Resources capabilities for science activities and result sharing;
  • liaising with related non-ESA activities by national, European and international stakeholders to ensure a coordinated approach;
  • contributing to ESA communication efforts promoting EO platforms services, mission achievements and EO platforms’ collaborative environmental benefits for society;
  • supervising and supporting the work of Young Graduate Trainees and Research Fellows.



Technical competencies
In-depth Experience with leading-edge Earth Observation platforms supporting EO data exploitation, in particular in the area of data cubes, AI and modelling of Earth System processes
Knowledge of data analytics technologies
Experience in the management and monitoring of research and development activities
Experience in geospatial community interfaces and related standards

A Master’s degree in engineering or a scientific discipline such as Earth science, computer engineering or data science is required for this post.

Additional requirements
You should also have at least two years’ experience in job-related development and/or research activities.
For a complete job description, click on “apply”.

The closing date for applications is 15 June 2021.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at contact.human.resources@esa.int.
Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia and Slovenia.
We offer
The European Space Agency (ESA) is an equal opportunities employer that offers competitive salaries exempt from national income tax and excellent employment conditions, such as allowances for expatriates and relocation support. For more information: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA
About us
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