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Sentinel 3 data exploitation support

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

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.

For support to data exploitation activities on behalf of ESA, we are currently looking for a skilled Sentinel 3 (and precursor missions) expert in the optical domain to provide support to the Earth Observation Programmes Exploitation and Services 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.


Role Responsibility

The position is for a specialist in EO remote sensing having a Ph.D. in the field of Sentinel 3 and other medium resolution optical missions for data exploitation / applications (or a minimum of 5 years of relevant work in the above mentioned domain).

Main responsibilities are:

  • Survey and document EO R&D methodologies for application developments, professional standards, format and tools;
  • Perform feasibility studies and parameter extraction from EO data;
  • Select and prepare test data sets for external teams;
  • Support the review of technical deliverables from projects;
  • Follow related software algorithms development as well as toolboxes, test them and report on development;
  • Propose new development, propose new areas for applications;
  • Provide support to the organisation and running of scientific workshops and training courses.

The specialist will work in a team of experts.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful applicant will hold a university degree (PhD) in Physics, Remote Sensing or similar, have an in-depth knowledge of satellite remote sensing (Sentinel 3 optical sensors and application, or precursor missions), image analysis, applications and programming and minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience. An additional knowledge of atmospheric sensors, in particular in view of exploiting S3/S5P synergies would be an asset.

Other skills:

  • Experience in sentinel data processing using ESA sentinel toolboxes;
  • Experience in data processing within a cloud environment;
  • Experience in remote sensing application domains, in particular related to medium resolution optical missions;
  • Scientific and application project management;
  • Good technical and analytical skills;
  • Good documentation writing skills;
  • Scientific programming (e.g. Matlab, C, C++, IDL, Python);
  • Ability to manage several tasks in parallel and to prioritise;
  • Capability to work in a team;
  • Pro-active approach to problem identification and resolution;
  • Experience in EO data catalogues and data ordering;
  • Experience in EO data processing within a cloud environment and processing software;
  • Experience of ESA EO missions, related science and applications;
  • High proficiency in using web tools for retrieving & publishing scientific information;
  • Experience in drafting and editing complex technical reports;
  • Excellent communication and technical writing skills (in English);
  • Expert proficiency in MS Office tools, in particular Microsoft Access and Excel.

We also require:

  • Motivation;
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously;
  • Capability to organise and streamline the work to be done;
  • Professionalism and precision, with a meticulous approach;
  • Pro-active approach to problem identification and  resolution;
  • Flexibility;
  • Ability to plan and report.

Applicants must hold the correct documentation and permits to work in Italy.

Preference will be given to employees within "Categoria Protetta (Law 68/99)" or registered on “lista di mobilità”.

Please note that the closing date for applications is on 14/10/2017.



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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Package Description

Full details on application

Fixed term contract with possibility of becoming permanent contract.

About the Company

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

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