Earth Observation Scientist

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12701]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Education and STEM
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for an Earth Observation Scientist.
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.


  • Providing expertise and scientific support to prepare new mission ideas and concepts, development activities for approved missions, in-orbit commissioning phase calibration/validation, or operations phases, in order to ensure their payload and the end-to-end system fulfil the relevant mission requirements;
  • Maintaining and convening the Director’s Advisory Committee for Earth Observation (ACEO), as the main interpreter of the views and needs of the European scientific community on access to space-based capabilities and data exploitation in Earth science;
  • Organising ACEO and User Consultation Meetings and preparing meeting reports and formal recommendations and programme documents for mission selection and mission extension on behalf of the Director of Earth Observation Programmes;
  • Initiating and conducting in-house and external scientific studies or campaign activities, organising mission-specific science workshops/conferences, supporting geophysical algorithm development and related research;
  • Providing scientific support and advice to Earth Observation (EO) mission teams across the respective FutureEO, Earth Watch, Copernicus and Operational Meteorology programmes;
  • Supporting the identification of and critical review of scientific challenges, EO user community requirements, on the interests and aspirations of those communities;
  • Managing the implementation of independent peer review of mission ideas and concept proposals in response to Agency calls, and the preparation of evaluation reports;
  • Communicating research results in connection with ESA’s Earth Observation missions, and acting as ESA ambassador at relevant events such as scientific conferences and user consultations;
  • Preparing and managing external scientific study and/or campaign contracts and related KPIs and quarterly reporting.



Technical competencies
Knowledge of scientific discipline, including strategic vision of the Earth Observation area
Knowledge of space projects, including instrumentation and operations
Knowledge of the role of mission science during different mission phases
Knowledge of the relevant Earth Observation scientific user community
A PhD in the field of Earth observation satellite remote sensing-based Earth sciences is required for this post.

Additional requirements
Particular importance will be attached to your experience and ability to skilfully coordinate a team of independent external scientific advisors, to communicate, and to behave with tact, diplomacy and discretion. You should be familiar with current and future planned missions within the relevant EOP programme domains. In addition to a PhD, you should demonstrate at least 3 years’ additional proven experience and credibility in the field of EO satellite remote sensing-based Earth sciences.

For a complete job description, click on “apply”.
The closing date for applications is 07 September 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, Lithuania 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
We are the European Space Agency. Our mission is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. We watch over Earth, develop and launch inspiring and unique space projects, train astronauts and push the boundaries of science and technology, seeking answers to the big questions about the Universe. We are a family of scientists, engineers and business professionals from all over Europe working together in a diverse and multinational environment. We are dedicated to united space in Europe and united Europe in space. Learn more: http://www.esa.int/

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