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Radio Navigation Engineer

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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.

We are seeking a Radio Navigation Engineer​ to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC) in the Netherlands. This is a fantastic opportunity to get into one of the most sought-after space agencies in the world. 

Role Responsibility

As Radio Navigation Engineer you will concentrate your activities on the following:

  • Support to Navigation Projects (e.g., GALILEO, LEO-PNT, Moonlight, Marconi, EGNOS, GENESIS, FutureNAV) and R&D activities in the fields of system, signal, receivers and performance for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT). This includes design, implementation and testing of systems, signals and receiver techniques, derivation of system and user performances, and techniques/algorithms at signal and positioning level.
  • Contribute to the Agency's R&D strategy and research programs elaboration and implementation, among others, in the following areas: future PNT systems and concepts, LEO-PNT and Multi-layer PNT, 5G/6G and 5G/6G NTN positioning, Moon/Mars PNT, Deep Space Navigation, Geolocation and RF Monitoring, Space Receivers, GNSS-R and GNSS-RO, Precise Orbit Determination, and receiver and signal processing techniques for improved accuracy, availability, reliability and resilience.
  • Participation and active contributions to ESA activities supporting standardization bodies and technical working groups addressing the aforementioned topics.
  • Design, definition and follow up of industrial contracts related to the aforementioned topics, including for example, R&D activities, procurement of GNSS bread-boards and receivers for infrastructure or user technologies / test user segments.
  • Support design, implementation, maintenance and operation of Radio Navigation equipment, complex Radio Navigation simulation tools and test facilities for testing features (end-to-end performances, receivers, etc.) in the aforementioned activities.

Successful Candidate

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

  • University degree (MSc minimum) in telecommunications, electronic engineering, aerospace engineering or computer science.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience in telecommunications and signal processing or electronic engineering, including direct experience on GNSS.

Background and solid experience, including hands-on experience on design, implementation and/or lab/field testing, in several of the following fields:

  • Alternative PNT solutions and MultI-Layer PNT systems and user technologies;
  • LEO-PNT systems, signals and user technologies;
  • GNSS Reflectometry; - GNSS Radio Occultation;
  • Moon/Mars PNT, Deep Space Navigation;
  • Navigation with Signals of Opportunity;
  • Space Receivers;
  • Precise Orbit Determination;
  • Geolocation and RF Monitoring systems and techniques;

Experience in one or more of the following fields is considered an asset:

  • 5G/6G NTN Positioning.
  • GNSS/Galileo systems, signals and associated receiver technologies.
  • Advanced signal processing and estimation techniques.
  • Telecommunication and Navigation Payloads.
  • Satellite telecommunication systems, signals and associated receiver technologies.
  • Earth observation systems and techniques.
  • Signal-in-space design.
  • Eligibility to obtain an EU personal security clearance from the relevant national authority.




Package Description

What we offer if you join our amazing team:

• Competitive Salary 

• Corporate Benefits Package 

• Company events

 Access to training 

• Access to the sport and social recreational facilities at ESTEC Escape Recreation Centre

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 Europe has operated in the Netherlands and Spain over the past 30 years, mainly in the field of Space. Serco Netherlands and Spain have a long history of partnership and trust with the European Space Agency (ESA).

In both countries, Serco is proud to deliver the highest calibre of people and services at ESTEC (ESA’s technology and engineering hub) and ESAC (ESA’s Astronomy and Science centre).

At the heart of its business, Serco Netherlands and Spain source, train, care and support employees, enabling them to better pursue their dreams of working in the Space industry in excelling in the delivery of essential public services.


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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. 

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