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Geospatial Services Engineer

Geplaatst 21 nov. 2023
0 tot 7 jaar
Full-time / part-time
Soort opleiding
Nederlands (Vloeiend)
11 dec. 2023 23:00

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Vacancy in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

This is a non-renewable post for a limited duration until 31 December 2026 and is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

This opportunity is open for the specific needs of a National Project. Accordingly, the external candidate selected for this post will continue to be considered an external candidate for the purposes of any future applications to the Agency.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands


We are recruiting for the position of Geospatial Services Engineer for a National Earth Observation Project (for Greece).

On all technical and programmatic matters, you will report to the Project Manager of the selected National Mission.

You will be assigned to designing vertical geoinformation applications for monitoring, analysis, prediction and evaluation of territorial elements and phenomena in various application domains (including emergency management, agriculture, territorial planning management, resilience and adaptation to climate change, management of natural resources, security and maritime surveillance) which can be characterised through the processing and analysis of satellite data integrated with in situ observations and other data.

You will also be able to understand the specific application context (such as the existing legislation and end-user working practices) and, based on the analysis of user needs, to identify and design services capable of providing added value through end-to-end operational workflows that combine remote sensing data with other relevant data (such as meteorological data, socio-economic data, prediction model outputs and relevant data from third-party databases).


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • interfacing with IRIDE users and stakeholders across different application sectors for the purpose of requirements collection;
  • designing end-to-end service value chains addressing the key thematic sectors;
  • managing the implementation of tools and workflows to generate information products, thematic maps, analytics and service exploitation platforms;
  • designing a Service Level Agreement compliant with user needs and service specifications;
  • acting as Technical Officer for service value chain development and delivery in the domains of environmental, agricultural, security and emergency management applications within IRIDE service segment implementation projects.

Technical competencies

Proven experience in the design and development of geospatial vertical applications and services based on EO data

Knowledge of SAR and Optical Remote Sensing data and processing techniques

Advanced knowledge of EO exploitation platforms and services in the above-mentioned vertical application domains

Knowledge of application needs and practices in many of the thematic domains addressed by the Greek project

Experience in developing geoinformation processing chains exploiting both raster and vector data, using commercial and open source software packages

Solid experience in GIS and remote sensing data analysis

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency Fostering Cooperation Relationship Management Continuous Improvement Forward Thinking


A master's in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline is required.

Additional requirements

You should also have:

  • basic knowledge of commercial cloud environments (such as AWS or Google Cloud);
  • basic knowledge of spatial databases (including non-relational databases, data-lakes, etc.);
  • knowledge of project management;
  • knowledge of Big Data frameworks, processing platforms and microservices architectures;
  • knowledge of remote sensing optical/SAR/hyperspectral/multispectral processing algorithms;
  • knowledge of artificial intelligence pipeline design and implementation.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

For further information please visit: Professionals, What we offer and FAQ

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service.

Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

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