Marine Earth Observation Scientist


Plymouth, Devon
Full time (3 year appointment with anticipation of extension).
£30,711 - £36,336 (Dependant on experience)

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.

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.

published: 02 January 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.