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Earth Observation Specialist (SAR)

Package Description

Joining Serco Italy’s amazing team offers:

  • Competitive Salary 
  • Great career opportunities in the Space industry
  • Competitive Salary
  • Corporate Benefits Package
  • Support provided to EU Nationals requiring relocation – Information available upon request
  • Company events
  • International environment

Job Introduction

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 across the globe.

Due to continued growth, Serco has an exciting opportunity for a Earth Observation Specialist. This person will support data exploitation activities on behalf of ESA, so we are currently looking for a skilled expert in the SAR R&D domain also with experience on Cryospheric Science to provide support to the Earth Observation Programmes Green Solutions Division of ESA/ESRIN. Through this task the Contractor shall support the Agency for technical activities related to the preparation, monitoring and management of EO applied research projects carried out by external scientists or industrial teams in the context of ESA data exploitation programmes.

The position is for a specialist in EO remote sensing with experience in the field of SAR R&D, Cryospheric Science research, products, algorithms and applications.


Main Responsibilities

Reporting to the Serco Contract manager, main responsibilities are:

  • Perform literature survey and document state-of-the-art EO methodologies for science and application developments.
  • Support ESA Technical Officer in the different phases of 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 tools, test them and report on development.
  • Propose and perform feasibility studies for new development and new areas for applications.
  • Interface new potential users, support tools/methods integration in ESA systems, deliver practical utilization and functioning exercises.
  • Handle data for exploitation activities.
  • Identify possible evolution for products, tools and methods.
  • Provide support to the organisation and running of scientific workshops, user consultation meetings and training courses.

Successful Candidate

The specialist will work in a team of multilingual experts. In order to answer to our current customers, we are looking for a candidate fluent in English. Additional language is an asset.

The successful applicant will hold a master or higher degree in Physics, Remote Sensing or similar, have an in-depth knowledge of satellite remote sensing, and experience in massive remote sensing data processing and analysis, in particular of SAR sensors and in the Cryosphere field, in view of exploiting Sentinels and upcoming Earth Explorers and Copernicus missions.

Other skills:

  • Scientific programming (e.g. Python, Jupiter notebooks, R, Matlab, C, C++).
  • Experience in data processing within a cloud environment.
  • 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 the Cryosphere research 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).



About the Company

Why should you join Serco ?

At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play.

Meaningful and vital work - You’ll contribute to methodologically intercepting challenges whilst achievements will also be recognised and celebrated.

A world of opportunity - You’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression

Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team who believe passionately in the value of our work. We are a company passionate about diversity and inclusion. 

About Serco

Serco manages the Earth Observation technical infrastructure at ESA's European Space Research Institute (ESRIN), which includes the Data Centre; Earth Observation Data Preservation systems; Antenna and associated Laboratory; the Control Room for Earth Observation Payloads (CREOP); and the Virtual Reality Theatre.

This managed service is part of the wider Earth Observation Payload Data Network through which ESA’s Earth Observation data is distributed worldwide.


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