Earth Observation Scientist

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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 post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

Closing Date

07 September 2021

Vacancy Type



ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 


Scientist in the Earth and Mission Science Division of the Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.


You will report to the Head of the Earth and Mission Science Division and your main tasks and responsibilities
will be:

  • Providing expertise and scientific support to prepare new mission ideas and concepts, development activities for approved missions, in-orbit commissioning phase calibration/validation, or operations phases, in order to ensure their payload and the end-to-end system fulfil the relevant mission requirements;
  • Maintaining and convening the Director’s Advisory Committee for Earth Observation (ACEO), as the main interpreter of the views and needs of the European scientific community on access to space-based capabilities and data exploitation in Earth science;
  • Organising ACEO and User Consultation Meetings and preparing meeting reports and formal recommendations and programme documents for mission selection and mission extension on behalf of the Director of Earth Observation Programmes;
  • Initiating and conducting in-house and external scientific studies or campaign activities, organising mission-specific science workshops/conferences, supporting geophysical algorithm development and related research;
  • Providing scientific support and advice to Earth Observation (EO) mission teams across the respective FutureEO, Earth Watch, Copernicus and Operational Meteorology programmes;
  • Supporting the identification of and critical review of scientific challenges, EO user community requirements, on the interests and aspirations of those communities;
  • Managing the implementation of independent peer review of mission ideas and concept proposals in response to Agency calls, and the preparation of evaluation reports;
  • Communicating research results in connection with ESA’s Earth Observation missions, and acting as ESA ambassador at relevant events such as scientific conferences and user consultations;
  • Preparing and managing external scientific study and/or campaign contracts and related KPIs and quarterly reporting.

In performing these tasks, you will be expected to work closely with the Director of Earth Observation Programmes, and the Future Systems, Projects, and Mission Management and Ground Segments Departments.

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