EO Radar Altimetry Science Specialist (ESA-ESRIN)

Frascati, Italy, Serco Europe [9649]

Field(s) of expertise
Earth Observation
Job type

About this job

Serco is a trusted provider of services to National Space Agencies and the European Space Agency (ESA), we have over 40 years’ experience supporting the space sector and providing services for all stages of our customer’s space missions.Dedicated to the European Space Agency’s Earth-observing activities, ESA-ESRIN is the European centre of excellence for exploitation of Earth observation missions. The mission and payload operations of ESA’s Earth observation satellites are managed here, and ESRIN is the primary source for the acquisition, distribution, and exploitation of data from these and other non-ESA satellites.

We are currently seeking a EO Radar Altimetry Science Specialist to join our team in Frascati, Italy. As a valued member of our diverse team, you will be involved in supporting the Agency to monitor projects related to Radar Altimetry and to further stimulate the exploitation of ESA EO missions for Science and Applications covering a variety of studies such as the Cryosphere, Oceanography, Continental Hydrology, and Climate Change. With CryoSat-2, Sentinel-3, Sentinel-6 and SWOT altimetry missions currently flying, and SAR and FF-SAR processing schemes available, microwave altimetry sensors will play a leading role in future EO activities, Fos project, ensuring its seamless operation.


  • Support to definition of requirements for planning & validation activities, products, software and tools.
  • Support to algorithmic development and validation.
  • Support to data analysis.
  • Participation to project reviews & meetings.
  • Review of project software, data & documentation during various project phases, raising RIDS and SPRs on deliverables.
  • Tracking of actions, RIDS and SPRs to ensure their resolution.
  • Generation of technical notes to support projects.
  • Support the organisation of Workshops & Conferences.


  • University Degree in EO-related disciplines, Radar Engineering and physics
  • Experience in products and algorithms development
  • Experience in Cryosphere research
  • Testing and validation experience
  • Python, MATLAB, R, ESA BRAT Toolbox
  • A broad understanding of sensors on board ESA EO Missions, their geophysical products’ content and their applications, as well as a good understanding of Radar & Laser Altimetry sensors and products is an asset. The focus is on SAR & FF-SAR Altimetry.
  • Cloud computing and data analysis competences (eg. AI) would be beneficial, as well as experience in project management

Applicants should cover the following essentials:

  • Relevant experience in similar tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously
  • Pro-active approach to problem identification and resolution
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to plan and report
  • Good writing skills (in English)
  • Good team working skills


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.
  • Corporate Benefits Package.
  • Support provided on relocation – Information available upon request.
  • Company Events.

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