Earth Observation Scientist

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Earth Observation Scientist / Software Developer


Scientist Grade: £30,711 - £36,336

Two- year (full-time) appointment with anticipation of extension

PML is looking for a versatile remote-sensing scientist / software developer to work on a number of national and international research and development projects in the PML Earth Observation (EO) science group. The projects focus on satellite data analysis and research and development of processing methods for monitoring water quality in inland, coastal, transitional and open-ocean water bodies from the regional to the global scale.

Scientific areas include global high resolution remote sensing of coastal environments and lakes, as well as open-ocean satellite observations, for example of the ocean carbon cycle. The work will use satellite data at medium (300m) to high resolution (up to 10m) in a cutting-edge computing environment.

The post is initially for two-years, but given the on-going success of the PML EO group, extension for longer duration is anticipated, although not guaranteed.  

Key Deliverables for the post:

  • Software development, analysis of Earth Observation data and development of scientific methods, for example dealing with: different sensor configurations, atmospheric and biogeochemical retrieval algorithms for water, data processing and automation, product development, statistical analysis.
  • Scientific reporting (oral, written) and presentation of results.

Experience & Eligibility Requirements

The appointment will be made at PML Scientist grade and candidates will possess a PhD or equivalent post-graduate experience in a numerical field. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate strong computing skills as appropriate for quantitative remote sensing research and development. Demonstrated skills programming in Python in Linux environment and using git for version control will be preferred. The post holder will need to work individually or in a team, as required, be self-motivated, with good communication skills, including scientific writing.


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