Land EO Data Exploitation Specialist (ESA-ESRIN)

Frascati, Italy, Serco Europe [9916]

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/organizations with skilled talent.

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 looking for a dynamic and skilled Land EO Data Exploitation Specialist to join our team in Frascati, Italy. 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. As a valued member of our diverse team, your primary responsibility will be to contribute your skills to our project ensuring its seamless operation.

This is a fixed-term contract to cover a maternity leave replacement.


  • 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 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/hyperspectral/thermal land sensors in view of exploiting Sentinel data and upcoming Earth Explorers and Copernicus missions related to Land Science and applications.
  • PHD in Physics, Remote Sensing or similar is an asset.

Other skills:

  • 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.



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.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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