Scientific Projects Support

Application deadline
Friday, February 22, 2019
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In this role you will have the opportunity to support ESA on Scientific aspects aimed at maximising the scientific exploitation for both future and on-going missions. The activities shall include scientific and technical support to programme management, coordination, analysis, planning and reporting. In this role you will especially support the following missions: Explorer missions (i.e: Cryosat 2; SMOS; GOCE; SWARM; Aeolus; EARTHCARE; BIOMASS; FLEX) and Sentinels Constellations (S1A-B,S2 A-B, S3 A-B, S5P , S6, S5, S4 and future missions)

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Support the scientific preparation of specific Scientific activities, including the consolidation of the science cases for the projects, analysis of the literature, data sets including in-situ, models) availability and consolidation of relevant science needs from the earth science community
  • Support the review of technical and scientific deliverables during the development phase of Scientific projects, raising problem reports and tracking actions
  • Collect and document (e.g., fact sheets) scientific progress reports, achievements and publication record from projects
  • Maintain Key Performance Indicators
  • Maintain programmes statistics in terms of projects, partners and projects status;
  • Survey results & plans of other space and Earth science research programmes in relevant domains
  • Survey and document new scientific publications from the literature especially involving the scientific exploitation of Earth Explorers and Sentinels
  • Support preparation of scientific consultations
  • Support coordination of the Living Planet external post-doctoral Fellowship initiative, including the preparation of the call, review of proposals and collection, analysis and dissemination of results
  • Maintaining and updating the EO4 Society website on the science aspects
  • Maintain internal research infrastructure in terms of SW and HW
  • Support proto-type algorithm development and evaluations for Earth Explorer missions
Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • You have a degree in a relevant technical field such as Physics, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geography, Geosciences, Meteorology.
  • Ideally a higher-level degree qualification (such as MSc or PhD) in relevant fields of SAR processing, signal and image processing, optical remote sensing, Radar Altimetry, oceanography, hydrology, cryospheric science, geodesy
  • You have at least 5 years of experience in a directly relevant industrial or research environment.
  • Extensive experience of ESA EO missions, related science and applications
  • Specialist skills in: exploitation of SAR and passive microwave sensors, Optical remote sensing of land/ocean, Radar Altimetry, Atmospheric chemistry and dynamics,
  • Expertise in scientific algorithm development and prototyping, relevant for Earth Explorer class missions
  • Good knowledge of Earth Science research community and key international scientific programmes (e.g. WCRP, IGBP, Gewex, EESP, CEOS)
  • Expertise in prototyping data processing and analysis software in e.g. Python
  • Expertise in image processing SW & GIS tools (e.g. Envi, ERDAS, ArcGIS, Arcinfo)
  • Practical experience of using web tools to research and publish scientific results
  • Experience in drafting and editing complex technical reports
  • Good technical writing and communication skills
  • Expert proficiency in MS Office Tools

Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of CONFIDENTIAL or above.

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