Esra was with the High-Frequency Institute, German Aerospace Center, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany from 2008-2010, where she worked on information theory for multichannel SAR images. From 2010-2012, she was with the Chair of Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland, where she researched on applied radar remote sensing for environmental parameter estimation.
In 2018, Esra was a visiting professor at Satellite Applications Catapult, UK. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Geomatics Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey and a Space Research Fellow at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Her research interests include information extraction and image understanding from SAR and optical images; in particular information theory, multivariate statistics, polarimetry, and interferometry.