Software Engineer (ESA-ESAC)

Madrid, Spain, Serco Europe [9765]

Field(s) of expertise
Software 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 looking for a dynamic Software Engineer to support the European Space Agency (ESA) at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Madrid in the development and operations of scientific missions. This is a fantastic opportunity to get into one of the most sought after space agencies in the world.

In this role you will be part of the development and operations team, in charge of the implementation, testing and operations of Downlink Systems for ESA science missions like PLATO, Solar Orbiter, Gaia or SMILE. Your role will be the one of a Software Developer within the Scrum team. You participate to the Sprint and Daily activities, will need to interact with ESA personnel to ensure proper implementation and testing of software, and to coordinate daily operational activities when needed.


  • Software configuration management activities.
  • Setting up software infrastructure.
  • Coding and unit testing of back-end and/or front-end solutions.
  • Generation of automated End2End tests.
  • Operations and monitoring of deployed micro-services.


Mandatory skills:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in computer science, engineering and/or physics.
  • +3 years’ experience in Software Engineering.

Knowledge and proven experience in:

  • Modern programming languages (Java, Python, Angular)
  • Software repositories (svn, git)
  • Relational databases (MySQL)
  • Project management tools (JIRA, Confluence)
  • Continuous integration/deployment (Maven, Jenkins, Nexus, Ansible, Docker)
  • Linux Operating Systems (Ubuntu, Red Hat)
  • Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban) and familiarity with DevOps practices
  • Software engineering processes
  • Test automation.

Background knowledge in the following areas would be an asset:

  • ESA software engineering processes and standards.
  • Science operations.
  • 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.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.
  • Death and disability insurance policy.
  • Private health insurance.
  • Possibility to request restaurant and children care tickets.

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