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Land Remote Sensing Scientist

Job Introduction

Serco is a specialist at delivering vital services on behalf of European, National and Local Governments.

Serco Europe employ’s a large workforce in Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy and the UK.

Our European operations have ca. 2,000 employees delivering critical services to public institutions throughout Europe. 

Serco’s space heritage over the last 40 years has placed us in the Space News Top 50 Space Industry Manufacturing and Services Companies - We work alongside EUMETSAT and the European Space Agency, where we are the largest on-site service provider with ca. 300 staff.

What connects the ever growing Serco workforce is a passion for delivering great service – To keep ahead we have to constantly evolve and enhance the way we deliver our services and everyone in Serco has a role to play here.

Serco provide the right environment to encourage ideas and a comprehensive Best Practice support network that enables them to put their ideas into action.

If you share our values then join with over 60,000 colleagues globally who are equally as passionate about delivering great service as you.

Role Responsibility

Description of tasks: 

A) Perform Quality Assessment (QA) and Cal/Val activities for ESA in the optical domain:

  • Provide Cal/Val expertise for ESA and Third Party Missons (Proba-V, Landsat,...) for surface reflectance products validation;
  • Provide expertise in atmospheric correction algorithms, compare and validate the current methods and proactively propose improvements;
  • Participate in and contribute to QA4EO meetings and other relevant conferences, including preparation and presentation of relevant service results or inputs to ESA presentations.


B) Support ESA workshops organization, chairing and follow-up activities:

  • Assist and support the data quality manager and other relevant ESA staff in preparing workshops
  • Prepare draft of Workshop announcement including objectives, themes, sessions
  • Assist review of abstracts and propose keynote contribution around the relevant scientific themes
  • Contribute to chairing and logistic activities for the workshops
  • Prepare draft report summarizing the major scientific outcomes from the workshop


C) Coordinate and Support QA, Workshops organization and Multi-mission studies activities with scientific partners:

  • Review the contribution from the scientific partners and steer the improvements in the QA and Cal/Val methodologies
  • Formulate recommendations to ESA on mission improvements in terms of product content, quality and related documentation
  • Support the generation of recommendations to ESA on possible new activities on present or future EO MissionA) Perform Quality Assessment (QA) and Cal/Val activities for ESA in the optical domain:
  • Provide Cal/Val expertise for ESA and Third Party Missons (Proba-V, Landsat,...) for surface reflectance products validation;
  • Provide expertise in atmospheric correction algorithms, compare and validate the current methods and proactively propose improvements;
  • Participate in and contribute to QA4EO meetings and other relevant conferences, including preparation and presentation of relevant service results or inputs to ESA presentations.

The Ideal Candidate

Knowledge and Experience:

Applicants should have a high level of self-motivation, the capability to work effectively in a team and autonomously, and have excellent organisation skills. A strong proactive attitude is required in identifying problems and proposing solutions.

Mandatory knowledge requisites are:

• Physics (or mathematical) background with experience in Earth Observation (EO) using Optical Sensors

• Experience on projects coordination for science-related activities

 

Skills and attributes:

Mandatory skill requisites are:

• Strong teaming attitude.

• Very good coordination capabilities with external international partners.

• Candidates should be fluent in English and have good writing and communication skills. 

• Proactive approach to problem identification and resolution.

• Ability to plan and report on proposed problem solutions and to work to deadline.

• Availability to travel to attend meetings.

• Programming skills: ability to develop advanced Data Analytics tool using various programming language, mainly Python

 

Other Skills:

Additional assets:

• Expertise on relevant scientific research, in particular: radiative transfer modeling and atmospheric correction

• Experience on Data Science and Exploitation Platforms for EO

• Mathematical and statistical skills for the development of advanced Data Analytics

• Satellite Data analysis and exploitation for Earth Observation

• Scientific  knowledge of satellite geo-physical variables retrieval and validation

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If candidates with equally relevant experience are identified, preference will be given to candidates within "Categorie Protette (Law 68/99)" or registered in “lista di mobilità” (only applicable in case of Italian candidates).

Important

Any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing documents to verify your identity and employment eligibility, as required by law.

Applicants are reminded that they will be requested to produce such documentation during the recruitment process.

Please contact a member of the recruitment team if you require further details of acceptable types of documentation required for verification of identity and work authorization. 

Data Protection:

When creating a profile on the Serco Career Centre you agreed to the Data Protection policy, a copy is available upon request.

You may submit a written request revoking your consent to this agreement at any time.

Package Description

Full details on application.

 

About the Company

Serco Italia Spa, part of the Serco group, A FTSE250, Multi-national Service Provider with over 50,000 employees worldwide.

Serco European Agencies

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