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Land EO Data Exploitation Specialist

Package Description

Joining Serco Italy’s amazing team offers:

  • Competitive Salary 
  • Great career opportunities in the Space industry
  • 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 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.

Main Responsibilities

As a Land EO Data Exploitation Specialist  you will concentrate your activities on the following:

  • 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.

Successful Candidate

Do you think you are the person we are looking for? See below what experience or knowledge you should bring:

  • 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. 

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.

What we offer

  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Permanent employment with comprehensive Serco Benefits package.

About Serco

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

We are a team of 60,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

We are diverse and inclusive organisation

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential and we are committed to supporting the needs of all our colleagues. It’s a mix of people from different backgrounds, experiences and opinion that keeps our culture strong and vibrant.

We believe in equity so we strongly encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job are encouraged to apply and demonstrate their abilities in an interview. We also welcome a conversation about any adjustments that would make the interview process more accessible for you. Wherever possible we are open to discussions around flexible working and we operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas.

In the UK we are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader in the government’s scheme and hold the Gold Inclusive Employer Standard; in Belgium we are partner of Diversicom and member of Charter der Vielfalt in Germany.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to The Serco Europe Recruitment Team


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