Radio Navigation Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [9601 ]

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

We are seeking a Radio Navigation Engineer​ to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC) in the Netherlands. This is a fantastic opportunity to get into one of the most sought-after space agencies in the world.


  • Support to Navigation Projects (e.g., GALILEO, LEO-PNT, Moonlight, Marconi, EGNOS, GENESIS, FutureNAV) and R&D activities in the fields of system, signal, receivers and performance for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT).
  • Design, implementation and testing of systems, signals and receiver techniques, derivation of system and user performances, and techniques/algorithms at signal and positioning level.
  • Contribute to the Agency’s R&D strategy and research programs elaboration and implementation, among others, in the following areas: future PNT systems and concepts, LEO-PNT and Multi-layer PNT, 5G/6G and 5G/6G NTN positioning, Moon/Mars PNT, Deep Space Navigation, Geolocation and RF Monitoring, Space Receivers, GNSS-R and GNSS-RO, Precise Orbit Determination, and receiver and signal processing techniques for improved accuracy, availability, reliability and resilience.
  • Participation and active contributions to ESA activities supporting standardization bodies and technical working groups addressing the aforementioned topics.
  • Design, definition and follow up of industrial contracts related to the aforementioned topics, including for example, R&D activities, procurement of GNSS bread-boards and receivers for infrastructure or user technologies / test user segments.
  • Support design, implementation, maintenance and operation of Radio Navigation equipment, complex Radio Navigation simulation tools and test facilities for testing features (end-to-end performances, receivers, etc.) in the aforementioned activities.


  • University degree (MSc minimum) in telecommunications, electronic engineering, aerospace engineering or computer science.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience in telecommunications and signal processing or electronic engineering, including direct experience on GNSS.

Background and solid experience, including hands-on experience on design, implementation and/or lab/field testing, in several of the following fields:

  • Alternative PNT solutions and MultI-Layer PNT systems and user technologies.
  • LEO-PNT systems, signals and user technologies.
  • GNSS Reflectometry; – GNSS Radio Occultation.
  • Moon/Mars PNT, Deep Space Navigation.
  • Navigation with Signals of Opportunity.
  • Space Receivers.
  • Precise Orbit Determination.
  • Geolocation and RF Monitoring systems and techniques.

Experience in one or more of the following fields is considered an asset:

  • 5G/6G NTN Positioning.
  • GNSS/Galileo systems, signals and associated receiver technologies.
  • Advanced signal processing and estimation techniques.
  • Telecommunication and Navigation Payloads.
  • Satellite telecommunication systems, signals and associated receiver technologies.
  • Earth observation systems and techniques.
  • Signal-in-space design.
  • Eligibility to obtain an EU personal security clearance from the relevant national authority.
  • Comfortable with working in a diverse and multinational team environment.
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken.
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.



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.
  • Reimbursement of public transport expenses.
  • Access to a variety of sports and recreational activities at ESTEC Escape Recreation Centre.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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