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RT-C/TEC-SWT/00521 Software Development Engineer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Serco Nederland BV,/ Serco Services GmbH, part of the Serco group, A FTSE250, Multi-national Service Provider with over 50,000 employees worldwide.

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.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Software Development Engineer based at ESTEC.

Role Responsibility

The   Software   Engineer   will   join   the   Software  Technology  section.  He/she  will   be   assigned   to   support   the   preparation   and executions  of  activities  related  to  new  technologies  in  both  Ground  and Flight areas of the Software Division.

The activities to support include:

  • Machine  Learning  applications  for  data  processing:  image  processing, anomaly  detection,  predictive  maintenance,  support  to  test,  intrusion, threat and malware detection, etc.;
  • Autonomous  applications:  autonomous  planning  of  spacecrafts,  e.g. automatic  selection  of  observation  targets,  automatic  rendez-vous  with non-cooperative     targets,     automatic     landing,     vehicle     systems management, etc.;
  • End   to   end   cybersecurity   systems:   Information   security   system requirements   analysis, architecture,   and   design,   protection   against AI-enabled attacks and threat vectors;
  • Knowledge     representation     and     reasoning,     Natural     Language Processing:  support to requirements engineering, support to spacecraft Assembly Integration Test and Validation;
  • Verification  and  Validation  of  new  technologies  for  their  use  in  space systems.
  • Model   Based   System   Software   Engineering:   Ensuring   the   digital continuity starting from high-level system models down to automatic code generation. The   support   will   be   provided   to   both   internal   (R&D)   and   external (projects) activities.

Additionally, he/she will cover the following tasks and activities:

  • Project Support: support potential space projects from the standpoint of software engineering, flight software or ground software, generally embedded real-time, under guidance of a staff. Tasks within design, test and validation of on-boards software.
  • Research  &  Development:  support  the  R&D  plan  implementation  by  contributing  to  the  production of statement of work, running the R&D contracts, and working in the laboratory to develop and maintain the laboratory assets.
  • Standardisation:  contribute to the development of space software standards (ECSS-E-40 family).

The Ideal Candidate

Applicants  for  this  post  should  have  a  Master  degree  or  equivalent qualification  in  Computer  Science,  Software  Engineering  or  a  related discipline,   together   with   a   good   experience   in   the   development   of Software applications related to the specific tasks of the position.

Results   orientation   and   relationship   management   are   considered important.

The successful candidate should be familiar with modern software engineering practices and tools:

  • Knowledge in Artificial Intelligence technologies is mandatory.
  • Software   practical   experience,   Object   Oriented   design   methods, databases,  compilers,  Linux,  Windows  as  well  as  several  programming and  scripting  languages  such  as  C,  C++,  Python,  R,  Haskell,  Java  is mandatory.
  • Knowledge   of   modelling   tools   (e.g.   Matlab)   and   libraries   (e.g.TensorFlow) is an important asset.
  • Knowledge in (Model-Based) Software production, test processes and associated   tools   (e.g.   Capella,   Magic   Draw,   Enterprise   Architect, On-Board Software Reference Architecture, TASTE) is an asset.
  • Knowledge   in   software   standards   (space   ECSS,   aircrafts,   train, automotive) is interesting.
  • A pro-active and can-do attitude is expected.
  • Relevant experience within real-time software systems and software engineering.
  • Familiarity  with  modern  software  engineering  methods  and  have  hands  on  experience  of  software development and verification tools.
  • Experience within ESA space programmes and applications using the space qualified.



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. 

For positions located within the Darmstadt Support Office please note that only applicants with no family affiliation within the Company will be considered.

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

Package Description

Highly competitive salary 

Corporate Benefits Package 

Relocation Assistance (if applicable)

Further information available from the Serco Europe Recruitment Team

About the Company

Serco is one of the world’s largest providers of public services, employing over 50,000 people in over 20 countries.

We work closely with the European Government Institutions & Space Agencies providing crucial Services with over 300 staff members.

The services we provide are often of critical importance to the communities and nations we serve, Providing public services is one of the most satisfying and rewarding careers you can have, you have an ability to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and to your community and country.

As a business which delivers “front-line” public services, employing tens of thousands of people, we are constantly developing and promoting people; our need for skilled professionals is insatiable and few companies can offer as many opportunities for individuals to grow their careers

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 50,000 colleagues globally who are equally as passionate about delivering great service as you

A career with Serco offers the chance to work with both inspirational people and innovative contracts, in a dynamic and exciting environment.

We have a mandate to execute brilliantly and our people lead and inspire based on our core values, Trust, Care, Pride and Innovation.

Take pride in what you do.

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