Earth Observation Specialist

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Earth Observation

Responsible for: NA

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Level: NA

Contract: Permanent, 3 month probation and 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of eleven “Catapults” launched by Innovate UK. The aim for each of them is to become a world-leading innovation centre in its own specialist area.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites.

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results.

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

As a key member of the Catapult’s Earth Observation Team, you will be part of an exciting and expanding effort to further the exploitation of data from Earth observation (EO) technologies. The role involves close engagement in cutting-edge development projects and activities at the forefront of satellite technologies. Activities will include supporting the delivery of both commercial and collaborative R&D projects, aiding the development of new methods of data processing, analysis and visualisation, and presenting results at thematic workshops. The successful candidate will enjoy working within a stimulating environment supported by the latest tools and experienced and skilled staff from a diverse range of backgrounds.

In addition, the EO Specialist will be responsible for supporting the Catapult’s Emerging Technologies Team in undertaking evaluations of ideas to investigate new technology areas, and identifying how these technologies can be placed within user-centric solutions.

Main Activities 

  • Working on a portfolio of projects involving the application of EO technologies.
  • Supporting the delivery of technical work within collaborative and commercial projects aimed at delivering user-centric solutions involving EO technologies and associated data sources.
  • Support the automation and creation of bespoke EO data handling tools and processes.
  • Supporting the development/writing of R&D proposals.
  • Writing and inputting to technical reports and technical presentations to various stakeholders/customers.
  • Supporting work on cross-space synergies (i.e. integrating with SatComms, GNSS)
  • Engaging in workshops, meetings, working groups and presenting to external entities when required.
  • Engaging in internal team and Catapult brainstorming sessions.

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Effective team player with excellent technical ability in the applications of EO (and its integration with non-EO data streams), with parallel interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Experience/awareness of both the operational/industrial side, as well as academia/research.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in developing and applying data analytical techniques and processes associated with machine learning and computer vision.
  • Broad knowledge across several application and technology sectors – but demonstrably expert in a subset of those.
  • Knowledge of a range of EO instrumentation approaches.
  • Direct experience of R&D proposal development, and working in partnership/consortia settings.
  • Previous customer-facing roles.
  • An ‘ideas’ person.
  • Able to re-locate or commute to Harwell area.
  • Aptitude for open and collaborative working.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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