Land EO Data Exploitation Support (ESA-ESRIN)

Frascati, Italy, Serco Europe [2184]

Field(s) of expertise
Earth Observation
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 and New Space ventures who want to scale their businesses/organisations with skilled talent.

On behalf of Serco Italy, im looking for Land EO Data Exploitation Support. The successful candidate will provide support to data exploitation activities on behalf of ESA, and will be skilled expert in the Optical / Hyperspectral / Thermal Land application thematic domain. He/she will provide support to the Earth Observation Programmes Exploitation and Services 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 optical / hyperspectral / thermal EO remote sensing with experience in the field of Land applications data exploitation, products and algorithms. Main responsibilities are:

  • Perform literature survey and document state-of-the-art EO methodologies for science and application developments.
  • Support ESA Technical Officers in the different phases of data exploitation 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 toolboxes, test them and report on development
  • Propose and perform feasibility studies for new development and new areas for applications.
  • Provide support to the organisation and running of scientific workshops, user consultation meetings and training courses.
  • The specialist will work in a team of experts.


The successful applicant will have an in-depth knowledge of satellite remote sensing and experience in remote sensing data processing and analysis, in particular of optical land sensors in view of exploiting Sentinel data and upcoming Earth Explorers and Copernicus missions related to Land Science and applications.

  • Scientific programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, C, C++, IDL)
  • Experience in data processing within a cloud environment, Artificial Intelligence methods, modelling
  • 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 Land scientific 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)
  • French speaking and experience with SAR remote sensing would be appreciated
  • Having a PhD in Physics, Remote Sensing or similar is an asset
  • All of the candidates must be eligible to work in EU

What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Corporate Benefits Package
  • Support provided to EU Nationals requiring relocation – Information available upon request
  • Company events

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