Earth Observation Research and Development Support

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Earth Observation Scientist / Support


Scientist (£29,874 - £35,346) or Junior Scientist (£22,404 - £27,165)

Fulltime: 3 year Full Time Appointment with anticipation of extension to open-ended

PML is looking for a dynamic, remote-sensing scientist to work on a number of new international research and development projects in the PML Earth Observation science group. The projects focus on developing satellite data analysis and processing methods for monitoring water quality in inland, coastal and transitional water bodies from the regional up to the global scale, for operational data processing for research (e.g. climate change studies) and applications (e.g. aquaculture, global monitoring of lakes and coastal seas). The work involves using medium (300m) and high-resolution (10m) optical satellite data in a high-performance computing environment.

Key Deliverables

  • Comparative analysis of Earth Observation scientific methods including: different sensors, configurations, and atmospheric and biogeochemical retrieval algorithms for water, including data processing, data management, and statistical analysis.
  • Scientific reporting (oral, written) and presentation of results.
  • Development of onsite and offsite (e.g. Amazon cloud) scientific data analysis approaches.

Experience & Eligibility Requirements

The appointment will be made either at Scientist or Junior Scientist grade depending on level of skills and experience. For the junior post we would expect a BSc, and for the higher grade a PhD, in limnology/oceanography, Earth Observation or similar numerical field (mathematics, computing, or physics).

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate strong computing skills as appropriate for quantitative remote sensing research and development (most of our software is implemented in Python and PostgreSQL) as well as numerical and mathematical skills. The postholder will need to work individually or in a team, as required, be self-motivated, with good communication skills, including scientific writing. For the higher grade we would expect candidates to have publications in international peer-reviewed journals.


How to Apply

Closing date: 1700hrs Friday 15th December 2017

Interviews will be held on Monday 22nd January 2017 





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