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Marine Earth Observation Scientist (Full Time)

Inland & Coastal Water Earth Observation Scientist* (Full Time)


Full Time

£30,711 – £36,336 (Dependant on experience)

Three-year Appointment with anticipation of extension

Job Description

PML is looking for a versatile remote-sensing scientist to work on new national and international research and development projects in the PML Earth Observation science group. Current projects focus on R&D in satellite data analysis and processing methods for monitoring water quality in coastal, transitional and open-ocean water bodies from the regional up to the global scale.

Scientific areas include: high resolution remote sensing of coastal suspended particulates, eutrophication indicators and open-ocean observation of the ocean carbon cycle. The work will use 1 km and 300m optical satellite data from Sentinel 3 OLCI and 10-60m data from Sentinel 2 MSI in a cutting-edge computing environment including a recent £1M investment in a GPU-based processing cluster

The post is initially for three years, but given the on-going success of the PML EO group extension for longer duration is anticipated.

Key Deliverables

  • Research and development of scientific methods dealing with: different sensors, configurations, and atmospheric and biogeochemical retrieval algorithms.
  • EO product development and validation of water quality parameters and critical elements of the marine carbon cycle.
  • Spatial, temporal and other statistical analyses of EO data.
  • Scientific publication and reporting (including oral presentations) of results.

Experience & Eligibility Requirements

The appointment will be made at Scientist grade and candidates would possess a PhD or equivalent experience in Earth Observation, limnology, oceanography or a similar numerical field (mathematics, statistics, computing, or physics). The successful candidates will need to demonstrate strong computing skills as appropriate for quantitative remote sensing R&D (most of our software is implemented in Python) as well as numerical and mathematical skills. The post holder will work both individually and in a team, as required, be self-motivated, with good communication skills, including in scientific writing.

Closing Date: 28th January 2019


* This advertisement has been updated to include an additional post which has now become available. Job and skills requirements for the two posts will be highly similar, whereas one post will focus on marine applications and the other on inland and coastal water quality remote sensing.