Research Fellowship Opportunity in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.
About the organisation
ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.
You will report to the Head of the Science Section in the Applications Division in the Science, Applications and Climate Department of the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes. In carrying out your tasks, you will work closely with other staff in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.
The Science Section is a dynamic R&D team leading EO research and Earth system science activities, in partnership with European and international scientific groups. You can visit the section's website for an overview of their activities.
You will be part of the Earth System Science Hub, a new ESA science laboratory and centre for networking and scientific collaboration among world-class researchers in ESA Member States and worldwide. The Hub will bring together young and senior scientists of different disciplines in Earth observation and Earth system science to develop the next generation of EO products and jointly address some of this decade’s major science challenges.
The Hub will also contribute to developing a solid scientific basis for the implementation and evolution of the “Digital Twin Earth” (an advanced high-resolution replica of our planet, its processes and its interactions with human activities and ecosystems), providing scientific input for the EU DestinE programme.
About your role
You will be responsible for different activities including:
- Undertaking advanced research activities addressing major observational gaps and scientific priorities in EO and Earth system science. Research will cover a wide range of innovative topics, from development of novel methods, algorithms and EO products (i.e. exploiting data from the Earth Explorers, Sentinel series, non-ESA missions) to innovative Earth and climate system research.
- Contributing to development of an advanced reconstruction of the Earth system establishing a solid scientific basis for the implementation and evolution of Digital Twin Earth, by undertaking collaborative research across domains with ESA experts and international scientists and science teams.
- Supporting the definition, technical supervision and coordination of scientific exploitation projects carried out by external teams of experts and scientists, in all areas of EO research and Earth system science.
- Maintaining a continuous dialogue with the scientific communities, including major international programmes and initiatives and partner space agencies (e.g. NASA), in preparation for the scientific agenda driving future ESA activities and plans.