Optical Instrument/System Engineer Support to EO Mission (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [9677]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering 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/organizations with skilled talent.

We are looking for a dynamic Optical Instrument/System Engineer Support to future EO mission to join our team at the esteemed ESA-ESTEC site in the Netherlands. Step into a remarkable role that grants you access to one of the globe’s highly coveted space agencies – an opportunity that launches your career into orbit!

The ideal candidate will report to the Head of the Optical Instruments section. He/she will liaise with various members of the division, supporting the section in the area of instruments, optics technologies, calibration.


  • Support the Future Missions and instrument Division (EOP-FM) for the preparatory activities of new Earth Observation (EO) missions and to follow developments.
  • To critically review the work performed by industry within studies run by the Division, mainly during phase 0 and phase A of the EO missions.
  • Development, implementation, validation and maintenance of performance assessment tools for various spaceborne optical instruments encompassing both passive (spectrometers, imagers) and active (lidar) instruments.
  • Technical support to the assessment of the instrument performance.
  • Investigate, propose and support the follow-up of studies on optical instruments and technologies.
  • Technical support to translation of mission/observation requirements to instrument requirements.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in Physics and optics.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Relevant experience in remote-sensing optical instruments and associated performance analysis methods is an asset.
  • Good familiarity with computer programs such as Python, MATLAB.
  • Good communication and technical writing skills.
  • Methodical and proactive,
  • Good general knowledge of ESA Earth Observation missions.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule.
  • 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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