If you would like to include a position on this page, please contact Dr. Raisha Lovindeer at raisha@ioccg.org.

PhD scholarship: In search of long-term climate-change-driven trends in ocean phytoplankton, Curtin University, Australia

Application Deadline: 18 August 2024

A PhD scholarship is being offered titled In search of long-term climate-change-driven trends in ocean phytoplankton, in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at Curtin University, Australia. The project aims to improve the reliability of multi-decadal climate-change-driven trends of ocean phytoplankton that are derived from satellite ocean colour radiometry observations. This will be achieved by improving the so-called System Vicarious Calibration techniques currently in use. Read the full description on the announcement webpage.


The general goal will be achieved by combining:

i) data from a new-generation sea-deployable optical system providing reference measurements of the ocean reflectance; this is MarONet.

ii) a new ground-based site for atmospheric aerosol measurements,

iii) the latest developments in radiative transfer simulations of satellite observations and numerical inversion of radiometry measurements to derive aerosols properties and,

iv) a multi-sensor ocean colour processing workflow that we previously developed.


The proposed project will create new knowledge and have multiple benefits.

i) New SVC techniques will be developed for hyperspectral sensors like PACE, which are the future of satellite OCR.

ii) The project will help improving data quality of existing or future satellite OCR missions, hence with impact on a huge community of data users worldwide. They include, e.g., state environment departments, fisheries and aquaculture industries, non-governmental organisations, the IPCC (the ecosystems response to further climate change is still a major uncertainty in their assessments), and the science community of course.

iv) More robust information on the response of phytoplankton to their changing environment are also expected. This will allow ultimately better assessing climate-change-related evolution of our oceans’ ecosystems.

Self-motivated PhD candidate with excellent organisation and problem-solving skills and a strong physics background, ideally including some knowledge/experience in radiative transfer in geophysical media (ocean / atmosphere). Graduates from environment physics / sciences might also be considered if having the necessary foundation skills. Ideally, applicants should have some background in satellite ocean colour remote sensing.  Excellent programming skills (e.g., Python, R and also low-level languages like Fortran) will be needed as well. The applicant would also be interested in current questions about how ocean environments and ecosystems are changing in response to climate change.

See full project description and apply online

PhD scholarship within the Italian National PhD Course in Earth Observation, CNR-ISMAR, Rome

Deadline: 10 July 2024

A PhD scholarship is being offered within the Italian National PhD Course in Earth Observation on Analysis of hyperspectral satellite data for inland coastal and marine waters. The PhD work will focus on the development of methodologies for the retrieval of water quality and bio- geophysical parameters from hyperspectral satellite data (PRISMA, EnMAP, PACE) and/or in situ hyperspectral radiometry to describe inland, estuarine, coastal and shelf ecosystems. It will involve acquisition and analysis of measurements of bio-optical properties in optically complex waters, parametrization of radiative transfer models, and assessment of inversion or machine learning approaches for the parameter retrieval.

See more details in the job flier!

Postdoctoral Position, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot, Poland

Deadline: 20 August 2024, 15:00 CEST

A Post-doc position is available in the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences in Sopot Poland. The candidate will work on the research project funded by the National Science Center, Republic of Poland (project OPUS-26, no. 2023/51/B/ST10/01344) and awarded to professor Piotr Kowalczuk. The research project is in the framework of the OPUS program is entitled Optical proxies of essential biogeochemical variables and their application in the accuracy assessment of satellite ocean color remote sensing in the North-eastern Greenland shelf. This project will be conducted in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute, Fram Centre, Tromsø, Norway; the National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark; and the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science.

Requirements / Profile of candidates:

  • PhD. in Oceanography, Earth Science, Marine Science or related disciplines,
  • Experience in participating in scientific projects
  • documented scientific achievements including publications in recognized international scientific journals in the field of marine science/oceanography/biogeochemistry (candidates with documented publication record of authorship and co‐authorship of 5 papers in journal with IF > 2 will be preferred)
  • proven experience in participating in field work (candidates who participated in oceanographic cruises and expeditions preferably in the Arctic environment will be preferred), practical knowledge of conducting physical and chemical oceanographic measurements with use of modern instrumentation, practical knowledge of methods for collecting water samples for determination of concentrations of optically significant sea water constituents and biogeochemical parameters,
  • experience in conducting oceanographic measurements the field of physical oceanography, ocean optics and biogeochemistry, proven knowledge of methods and instrumentation used in marine optics
  • experience and analytical background in laboratory spectroscopy methods, laboratory analytical skills
  • experience and analytical background in calibration and data quality assessment of optical measurements, testing and validation of ocean color remote sensing algorithms, and testing and validation radiative transfer models in marine environment
  • experience in data analysis and visualization, knowledge of Ocean Data View, Matlab or R computing environment.
  • experience in analysis of spectral data and knowledge of multivariate statistical methods including PCA models
  • passion for research, aptitude, and ability to learn new analytical techniques
  • independent thinking in data analysis
  • foreign experience: ability to work and live in diverse cultural environment, at least one short-term stay at a foreign university/research institute and presentations at international conferences
  • fluency in spoken and written English
  • ability for full involvement in the project, consisting in regular field and laboratory work, meetings with other members of the project and regular reporting on the progress of work to the PI, and presenting results on conferences and publications writing

Position start date: September 2024

See here for the full description of the project and how to apply

Postdoctoral Scholar in Ocean Bio-Optics and Biogeochemistry, Oregon State University, Oregon, USA

Deadline: 1 July 2024
The Phytoplankton Ecophysiology Col(Lab)oration at Oregon State University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to participate in a NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Validation project.  Validation work will take place on up to six open ocean field expeditions from 2025 through 2027, collecting collocated measurements of bio-optical properties, particle stocks, and biological rates. These field measurements are in support of the recently launched hyperspectral Ocean Color Imager (OCI) carried onboard the PACE satellite and will help validate OCI observations and derived advanced products, as well as enable future algorithm development.

Postdoc position: Remote sensing and ecology of coastal red tides, Nantes University, France

Deadline: 31 July 2024.

Full Time, 18-month position, Nantes University, France.

The main objective will be to study the ecology and biodiversity of phytoplankton red tides using satellite remote sensing. Class and/or genus-specific algorithms for phytoplankton identification based on optical bloom type clustering and inversion of diagnostic pigments will be developed, and applied to high-resolution satellite data in conjunction with field observations (data from phytoplankton monitoring network and citizen science), to create time-series of red tide events along the French coastline. Time-series of phytoplankton blooms will be analyzed to study the spatiotemporal dynamics of coastal red tides, in terms of phenology and long-term inter-annual variations.

The Ph.D. diploma must have been obtained within the past 3 years, or planned before the end of 2024.

Read the full project description and how to apply here.

PhD Scholarship offer at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

The Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group (RSSRG) is seeking applicants for a PhD project. The student will be supervised under RSSRG, which is under the Faculty of Science and Engineering (SAE), School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS). The location is: Curtin University, Bentley Campus, Bentley (Perth), WA 6102.

The project aims at identifying and characterising coastal heatwaves off Western Australia over the past 30 years using a combination of long- term in situ and satellite observations, literature surveys and ocean data reanalyses. The goal is also to identify large-scale physical drivers of these heatwaves. The results will be combined with other ecosystem observations from the other parts of the overall project.

The start for the project is as soon as practicable, and no later than July 2024.

Read the full project description and how to apply here.

Tenure Track Group Leader Positions, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology – Eawag, Switzerland

Deadline: 31 May 2024

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is excited to announce a cluster hire initiative, recruiting four tenure-track group leaders on the topic of climate change adaptation in aquatic systems. Recruitment is to specifically bolster three core areas in this topic: biodiversity, public health, and water resources and reuse. Applications from candidates who work on other aspects of climate change adaptation are also explicitly encourage. Candidates who share their vision and have a background in any relevant discipline including natural, engineering, and social sciences should apply by 31 May 2024.

More information about the cluster hire can be found here.

PhD in Remote Sensing of Aquatic Biophysics, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Deadline: 20 May 2024

The Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, The Netherlands is seeking an emerging scientist to conduct interdisciplinary and innovative PhD research to investigate the impact of floating solar on aquatic biophysics and their role in altering the thermal and mass balances of inland waters. You will work on identifying and measuring key radiometric and biophysical properties that characterize the solar panels and the water before and after the installation of the floating solar.

Please submit your application before 20 May 2024 through this link https://utwentecareers.nl/en/vacancies/1754/phd-candidate-phd-position-in-remote-sensing-of-aquatic-biophysics/.

Interviews will be held on the 12th of June 2024. The position is for four years and will most likely start in October 2024.

NOAA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Hyperspectral Data Processing for Harmful Algal Bloom Identification, USA

Deadline: 21 June 2024
US Citizens and permanent residents only

A postdoc fellowship opportunity is currently available with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), located at NCCOS Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD or at the NCCOS Beaufort Laboratory in Beaufort, NC.

The selected candidate will gain experience in various research activities including the collection and/or analysis of optical properties of various phytoplankton cultures and natural bloom assemblages. Specifically, the candidate will gain experience in the use of ecological multivariate statistical approaches to investigate spectral separability of various classes of algae endemic to the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. The candidate will also collaborate to develop class and/or genus-specific algorithms for phytoplankton identification.

Read the full description and apply here.

Physical Scientist Position with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Durham, NC, USA

Position Keyword: EPA-NF-DE-2024-0050
Deadline: 9 April 2024
US Citizens only

Applications are now open for a Physical Scientist in the US Office of Research and Development, Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling, Watershed and Ecosystem Characterization Division, Ecosystem Condition Branch. The position will focus on water optics field and laboratory experiments, and will support research efforts focused on satellite remote sensing of harmful algal blooms, seagrass, and oil spill response.

Postdoc Position in Satellite-based Kelp Mapping (SKeMa): development of a software framework for First Nations in British Columbia, University of Victoria, Canada

Applications are being accepted for a postdoc position in Satellite-based Kelp Mapping (SKeMa): development of a software framework for First Nations in British Columbia, in the SPECTRAL Remote Sensing Lab, Geography and Computer Science, at the University of Victoria (Uvic). The postdoc will be based in Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada, and will work under the supervision of Dr. Maycira Costa and Dr. Neil Ernst from UVic. This project is funded by the Canadian Space Agency and in partnership with First Nations, VERTEX Resource Group, and the Hakai Institute.

Project Context:

This project aims to develop a software-based analysis framework to facilitate the use of Sentinel 2 and SuperDove satellites to retrieve floating kelp extent in BC and support First Nations marine planning. We expect that the outcomes of this research will allow First Nations to more independently and effectively use Space-based Earth Observation (SBEO) for tasks such as tracking kelp changes in relationship to environmental conditions (e.g., ocean temperature, return of sea otters) and overseeing the status of cultural and economically important kelp wild harvesting in their marine Traditional Territories. Kelp forests in British Columbia (BC) provide habitat and shelter to many important species, including juvenile salmon, as they migrate from coastal rivers to the open ocean. However, the effects of a warming climate and coastal development threaten kelp ecosystems, recognized as ecologically significant species of priority in Canada as they provide habitat for many species, including economically and culturally important Pacific salmon and herring, particularly for First Nations.

See the full advertisement for more information, including how to apply.

Two Postdoc Research Positions at CNR ISMAR, Rome, Italy

CNR ISMAR (Institute of Marine Sciences) is looking for 2 postdoc researchers to work at its premises in Rome (Italy) on Ocean Colour, AI, and biodiversity. Please see details of each opportunity below:

Opportunity 1: SENIOR POSTDOC Researcher
(minimum 2 years after PhD).
Deadline 18 March 2024.

Call: https://www.urp.cnr.it/node/1693
English version at page 15.

Research Activity to carry out: Application of Artificial Intelligence techniques to develop and investigate indicators of marine plankton biodiversity through integration of in situ observations, model outputs and satellite data.
Duration: 1+1 years (the contract is initially for 1 year with possibility to be extended)

Gross salary: 26.000,00 € per year

Opportunity 2: POSTDOC Researcher
Deadline: 20 March 2024.

Call: https://www.urp.cnr.it/node/1740

English version at page 15.
Research Activity to carry out: Marine phytoplankton biodiversity from in situ imaging observations through techniques of Artificial Intelligence and analysis of environmental variables to study biodiversity drivers.

Duration: 1+1 years (the contract is initially for 1 year with possibility to be extended)

Gross salary: 22.000,00 € per year

Both activities will be carried out in the framework of the Biodiversa+ PETRI-MED project: https://petri-med.icm.csic.es/

For any information please contact Emanuele Organelli at emanuele.organelli@cnr.it

Three Ph.D. opportunities at Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) and Laval University (UL)/IRL Takuvik, Canada

Closing date: 1 May 2024 (but will remain open until positions are filled)

Three highly motivating PhD fellowship positions are currently available in the context of an inter-university research program dedicated to advancing our understanding of ocean biological carbon pumps of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic seas, using hyperspectral observations of the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission. The project will take place in eastern Canadian waters from the Gulf of St Lawrence to the Canadian Arctic (northern Baffin Bay). Numerous fieldwork opportunities will be available (e.g., onboard the CCGS Amundsen) in the context of the Transforming Climate Action (TCA) involving UQAR, UL, Dalhousie University and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  1. Project 1 – Improve satellite-based phytoplankton biomass and primary production estimation using hyperspectral data (Laval University; Thesis direction: Dr Marcel Babin, UL; Dr Erin Bertrand, Dalhousie U.; Dr Emmanuel Devred, DFO)
  2. Project 2 – Determining Phytoplankton Functional Types (PFTs) from hyperspectral remote sensing (UQAR; Thesis direction: Dr Simon Bélanger, UQAR; Dr Emmanuel Devred, DFO; Mathieu Ardyna UL; Dr Julien Laliberté, DFO)
  3. Project 3 – Carbon Export rate from space: a new integrated approach (Laval University; Thesis direction: Dr Mathieu Ardyna, UL; Dr Erin Bertrand, Dalhousie U.; Dr Simon Bélanger, UQAR)

Read the full position description and how to apply here.

Biodiversity Applications Scientist, ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Job Requisition ID: 18472
Closing Date: 1 March 2024 23:59 CET/CEST
Vacancy Type: Permanent

Reporting to the Head of the Applications Section, you will be responsible for defining and implementing projects supporting the development of innovative, biodiversity-related Earth observation (EO) applications. You will manage EO applications R&D projects in the context of ESA programmes, particularly for the EO Science for Society activities (https://eo4society.esa.int).

Your tasks will cover a wide range of R&D projects for biodiversity science and applications in response to the United Nations Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework whose targets were recently adopted at the COP 15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the EU’s nature restoration policies, biodiversity strategy and zero pollution action plan. Your activities will also be closely linked to the ecosystem services accounting concepts of the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting. Examples of applications may include the development of essential biodiversity variables, nature-based/positive solutions, biodiversity services accounting, ecosystem health with degradation and restoration dynamics monitoring, specific analysis of the multiple drivers of biodiversity loss, biodiversity credits system development, nature-related disclosures by businesses, overexploitation of resources, and pollution.

Read the full position description and how to apply here.

Postdoctoral Fellow position in remote sensing of Arctic coastal environments, Rimouski, Québec, Canada

Deadline 1 March 2024

University of Québec at Rimouski (UQAR) has an opening position for a postdoctoral fellow to participate in a European Initiative entitled Polar Ocean Mitigation Potential (the POMP project). POMP’s overall objective is to advance the science on climate change impacts on polar ecosystem carbon sinks and biodiversity, with a focus on the capacity of ecosystems to mitigate increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations. POMP’s focus ranges from building detailed local- and regional-scale process understanding, for example, on impacts of sea-ice loss and glacial melt on carbon burial rates, to pan-Arctic and Antarctic assessment of ecosystem functioning with the aim of translating project outcomes into management actions. POMP will rely on various remote sensing technologies, coupled physical-ecosystem models, and field observations to understand how these regions’ carbon dynamics and biodiversity change.


  • Ph.D. in remote sensing, geomatic, geography, environmental science, oceanography, or any related fields are invited to apply.
  • Strong computational skills, and proficiency in Python or R (or similar)
  • Expertise in satellite remote sensing (e.g., ocean color) data processing and geospatial analysis (multivariate analysis)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills in both written and spoken English
  • Experience and knowledge in physical and biological oceanography or in Arctic science is desirable


Simon Bélanger, Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)
Rakesh Kumar Singh, National University of Singapore

Salary: 52k$CAD/yr

Date: The position is open for at least one year from 1 April 2024.

Read the full position description and how to apply here.

Junior Research Group Leader Optical Remote Sensing, The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), Rostock, Germany USA

Apply by: 15 February 2024

The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) invites applications for a full-time position (40h/week) starting 01 May 2024 as a Junior Research Group Leader Optical Remote Sensing.

The advertised position offers the opportunity to establish an independent research group. A tenure-track procedure (up to 3 years with the option to extend for a maximum of 2 years) is envisaged in order to realise the development of the junior research group and to further develop your own competencies. If the requirements are met to the fullest extent, the position can be made permanent immediately. Remuneration is based on TV-L EG 13.

We are looking for a motivated and qualified person with the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and equivalent or comparable skills and experiences as well as a completed PhD in the field of remote sensing, environmental sciences, geosciences or a related field.
  • Proven experience in the scientific development and application of aquatic optical remote sensing methods, preferably in coastal seas.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills as well as an independent, conscientious and goal-orientated, structured way of working.
  • Competences to promote equality and equal opportunities in your field or the willingness to acquire these competences.
  • Very good knowledge of English is required, knowledge of German is an advantage.
  • Suitability and willingness to work at sea.

Also advantageous and relevant for the selection process are:

  • A convincing interdisciplinary concept of the junior research group within the framework of the IOW research programme 2024-2033
  • Proven sound knowledge in the field of data science and visualisation
  • Proven success in attracting third-party funding.
  • Experience in the management of research projects and in the supervision of junior scientists
  • Proof of leadership skills or the willingness to acquire them.

Read here for the full position description and how to apply.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Aquatic Remote Sensing, Center for Discovery and Innovation, CCNY, New York City, NY, USA

Are you interested in participating in research that explores impacts of anthropogenic pressures, environmental hazards, and climate stressors on coupled natural-human systems?  If so, join the Tzortziou Bio-Optics Laboratory! Learn more about their research here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Remote Sensing of Aquatic Environments is currently available with the Tzortziou Bio-Optics Laboratory at the Center for Discovery and Innovation, CCNY, in New York City. The selected candidate will participate in interdisciplinary research that integrates ground-based and satellite (multi- and hyper-spectral) remote sensing observations to assess the impacts of anthropogenic pressures and environmental hazards on inland, coastal, and open ocean biogeochemical cycles and ecological processes.

The position requires a PhD in Environmental Science, Oceanography, Engineering, or related disciplines and previous experience in ocean optics and remote sensing algorithm development. The successful candidate will participate in interdisciplinary studies involving fieldwork (including coastal Arctic measurements) and remote sensing retrievals of biogeochemical variables from multi- and hyperspectral sensors. The position requires self-motivation, creativity, ability to work well within a multidisciplinary and dynamic environment, strong analytical skills, programming experience (e.g., Python, MATLAB, R), experience in field data collection methods, and good communication skills.

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Additional support will be provided for research expenses and participation in conferences for communication of results, networking, and interaction with the scientific community.

Please e-mail: (i) statement of interest, (ii) a curriculum vitae, and (iii) contact information of three references to Prof. Maria Tzortziou (mtzortziou@ccny.cuny.edu or mt3123@columbia.edu). The start date is Spring-Fall 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately.

See the position flyer for details.

NASA Mission Project Applications Coordinator, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Ocean Ecology Lab in Greenbelt, MD, USA

Science Systems and Applications, Inc (SSAI) is seeking a Project Applications Coordinator to work closely with the mission Project Science team to ensure applicability of mission data for decision making and societal benefit. It is the responsibility of the Project Applications Coordinator to implement the NASA Mission Applications Program and serve as a liaison for the Project, NASA’s Mission Science and Applications Team, and the Early Adopter Team to integrate and bridge the gap between the Mission’s scientific program and applied science applications for societal benefit.

The Project Applications Coordinator engages stakeholders and user communities to apply data to practical societal needs. The goal of the Mission Applications Program is to foster new partnerships and out-of-the-box thinking that will generate inventive solutions that aid society. The coordinator will be expected to continue with and expand upon the momentum to date and design new activities to ensure satellite data are broadly utilized for societal benefit, including quantifying and documenting the impact of those applications.

Read the full position description and apply here.

PhD Fellowship Position in Monitoring the ocean color using air- and space-borne lidar, Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences (LOG), Wimereux, France

Apply by:  15 March 2024

A 3-year PhD fellowship is proposed by the Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences (LOG, Wimereux, France) on the use of an airborne lidar to monitor the vertical distribution of the upper ocean.

This PhD will be done in collaborations with Cyrille Flamant and Julien Delanoë from the LATMOS laboratory and the International team at the International Space Sciences Institute

Qualifications: Master degree in remote sensing or oceanography or environmental sciences
Position Length: 3-year fellowship from October 2024
Location: The candidate will be located at LOG, 32 avenue Foch, 62930 Wimereux, France

Read the full position description and details on how to apply.

Post-Doctoral Research in Satellite Water Quality Modeling and Forecasting, USA EPA, NC.

Apply by:  13 Dec 2023

Project number: CEMM-11-01-2023-06

This is an opportunity in the Watershed and Ecosystem Characterization Division, Ecosystem Condition Branch. The Ecosystem Condition Branch supports the Clean Water Act by developing methods and indicators to monitor and assess aquatic environments. This position will focus on development, enhancement, and operational transition of national models for forecasting freshwater harmful cyanobacteria blooms and seagrass habitat change, combined with emerging remote sensing technologies. Examples include Bayesian spatio-temporal methods, machine learning or neural networks to forecast cyanobacterial blooms across 2,200 of the largest lakes using satellite data from the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (www.epa.gov/cyanoproject), and for seagrass classification from commercial satellites through the NASA Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program. These projects are on the cutting edge of water quality monitoring and applied satellite operations for water quality management. The candidate will have opportunities to interact with multiple federal agencies and academic universities related to satellite water quality research for inland waters and estuaries. The candidate will participate in a multidisciplinary team and have opportunities to publish, and present research findings at scientific conferences and various stakeholder engagement meetings.

Scientific Contact: Blake Schaeffer (schaeffer.blake@epa.gov)

Click here for further details of the role and how to apply.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Biogeochemistry, University of Oxford, UK

Grade 7: £37,099 – £38,205 per annum (Fixed term for 24 months)

The Department of Earth Sciences is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biogeochemistry to join a research team from multiple institutions with responsibility for carrying out research for the NERC-funded Integrating Drivers of Atlantic Productivity (IDAPro) project. IDAPro is one of three projects funded by the Bio-Carbon programme (https://bio-carbon.ac.uk) and will use data collected from ship-based, robotic and satellite platforms to improve our understanding of the main drivers of phytoplankton productivity in the subpolar North Atlantic.  The postholder will work on the influence of environmental conditions on marine primary production as a key component of IDAPro.

The postholder will be primarily responsible for the estimation of marine primary production using satellite models constrained by in situ field observations. They will adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques to estimate productivity of marine phytoplankton using data streams from ship-based observations, satellites, and autonomy.

  • The postholder will use specialist scientific equipment in both laboratory and field environments to determine some or all of: phytoplankton pigment concentrations, light absorption coefficients and rates of primary production. They will be willing to participate in dedicated oceanographic research cruise(s) associated with the project.

They will also collaborate in the preparation of research publications, develop ideas for generating research income and occasionally present papers and posters.

About you

  • You will hold, or be close to completion, of a relevant PhD/DPhil in Biogeochemistry, Earth/Ocean sciences or a related discipline together with relevant experience in the measurement and/or modelling of primary production.
  • You will have detailed knowledge of the use of satellite data to understand upper ocean biogeochemical processes as well as dexterity and skills in the laboratory.
  • You will be able to manage you own academic research and have previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations and contributing ideas for new research projects and research income generation.
  • You must also have excellent communication skills including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.
  • Experience with the collection and/or interpretation of marine optical data and experience with the analysis of physical and chemical oceanographic datasets relevant for the interpretation of primary production data is desirable.

This role is available from 1 April 2024 and is fixed term for 24 months. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Click here for further details of the role and how to apply.

PhD Student Opportunity in Aquatic Biogeochemistry & Remote Sensing, Cleveland State University, USA

Apply by 10 December 2023
Expected start: May 2024

Cleveland State University is looking for motivated, independent students interested in research on aquatic biogoechemistry and remote sensing to join the Carbon & (H2)Optics Lab. The lab focuses on advancing the spatiotemporal and mechanistic understanding of the drivers of water quality and aquatic carbon cycles in inland and coastal waters using optical, chemical and satellite datasets. They currently have active projects with field components across the Great Lakes (Lakes Erie, Superior, and Michigan) and the Hawaiian Islands, alongside projects considering global processes through the use of in situ and satellite data. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in, and lead, field and lab-based research, along with learning and applying computational tools suitable for analyzing satellite data and other large, geospatial environmental datasets.

Read the full description and how to apply here

Research Technician – Aquatic Biogeochemistry, Cleveland State University, USA

Apply by 10 December 2023 for priority. Open until filled.

Cleveland State University is looking for a motivated, independent individual interested in starting or continuing their career in aquatic biogeochemistry, ocean optics, or remote sensing to join the Carbon & (H2)Optics Lab. The lab focuses on advancing the spatiotemporal and mechanistic understanding of the drivers of water quality and aquatic carbon cycles in inland and coastal waters using optical, chemical and satellite datasets. They currently have active projects with field components across the Great Lakes (Lakes Erie, Superior, and Michigan) and the Hawaiian Islands, alongside projects considering global processes through the use of in situ and satellite data. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to lead field, lab, and computationally-focused research across a variety of inland and coastal aquatic systems, and join a diverse, energetic research group in downtown Cleveland. Successful applicants will also be encouraged and supported to present research at scientific meetings.

Read the full description and how to apply here

Earth Observation Remote Sensing Scientists, Plymouth Marine Lab, UK

Deadline: 24 November 2023

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is inviting applications for an exciting opportunity for two scientists to work in our remote sensing group.

Salary: £35,541 – £41,856 Scientist/£43,989 – £50,424 Senior Scientist (depending on experience)
Division: Science
Description: Full-Time, Open-Ended Appointments

Job Details
PML is inviting applications from remote sensing scientists keen to explore innovative and novel studies into two key areas of research:

  • Ocean carbon cycle
  • Water quality, ecosystem health and human health

The positions available are within our Earth Observation Science team and involve using remote sensing to study the ocean carbon cycle and water quality in relation to human health. In addition, there are elements of modelling (ecosystem and epidemiological modelling), field observations, citizen science and outreach activities within these research topics.

Read the full description and how to apply here

Postdoctoral Fellow (Oceanographer) – Khalifa University – Abu Dhabi – UAE

The role of this position will be to define and initiate research into shelf-ocean interactions and coastal and shelf processes in Arabian Seas and Gulfs, especially the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. The successful candidate will focus on improving the understanding of ocean circulation and the transport and fate of waterborne materials/radionuclides. The duties and responsibilities
associated with this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Carrying out numerical modelling (hydrodynamic)
  • Coupling the hydrodynamic model with biogeochemical model
  • Develop a dispersion model for radionuclides and considering sediments interactions
  • Validating modelling software products in the Arabian Seas
  • Running hydrodynamic modeling software such as such as ROMS, MITgcm, HYCOM on
    a Linux platform
  • Joining Marine cruises to collect data of ADCP, CTD, sediments, etc.
  • Writing technical MATLAB and Python scripts.

Read the full details of the position here. Applications should be submitted by email to Dr Maryam Rashed Al
Shehhi (maryamr.alshehhi@ku.ac.ae). The position will start in January 2024 for two years.

Ocean Biogeochemistry Research Assistant, Science Systems and Applications, Inc., USA

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is seeking a highly talented and motivated lab and field Ocean Biogeochemistry Research Assistant. The successful candidate will join the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (Code 616) at GSFC (https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/) and perform core functions to ensure the quality of field and lab measurements used to develop and evaluate NASA’s multi-mission ocean color satellite data products. The missions supported include NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission (https://pace.gsfc.nasa.gov/). PACE is a NASA Earth-observing satellite mission designed to advance global remote sensing of ocean biology and biogeochemistry (ocean color), as well as aerosol and cloud optical properties. This is an onsite position located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. The selected candidate will work with a team of accomplished scientists and software developers.

The Biogeochemistry Research Assistant supports the Ocean Ecology Laboratory/NASA in the collection, laboratory analysis, processing, evaluation, and quality control of biogeochemical and inherent optical properties field measurements.

For more detailed information about the position and the qualifications required, please refer to the following job posting:

Ocean Biogeochemistry Research Assistant

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PhD position, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang, Endowed Chair and Professor with the Division of Marine Science (DMS) in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi is seeking a highly motivated student interested in conducting research in the fields of remote sensing and bio-optics in the aquatic environments. The position is funded by a grant from Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellent (MBRACE) and available immediately. The selected student will join a dynamic and fun-seeking team that conducts cutting-edge researches in marine optics.

The selected candidate will receive full tuition waiver and competitive monthly stipend with benefits, and opportunities for professional growth within a dynamic research environment.

PhD Position: Machine Learning and Remote Sensing for Biogeochemical Cycle Studies in the Land-Ocean Continuum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Dr. Bingqing Liu, Assistant Professor at the School of Geosciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is seeking a highly motivated student interested in conducting research in the fields of machine learning, multispectral hyperspectral image analysis, aquatic remote sensing, and bio-optics of estuarine/coastal waters in the dynamic land-ocean continuum of the northern Gulf of Mexico coast.

This PhD position is funded by NOAA and will start in spring 2024.


  • Collaborate with the research team to design and implement machine learning algorithms for multispectral hyperspectral image analysis.
  • Conduct remote sensing data analysis, including aquatic remote sensing and radiometric characterization.
  • Assist in field data collection, processing, and interpretation.
  • Collaborate on research publications and presentations.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

See the full position description and how to apply here.

Postdoctoral Scholars in Satellite Ocean Color Research & Applications, University of South Florida, USA

The Optical Oceanography Lab (OOL, https://optics.marine.usf.edu) at the College of Marine Science (CMS), University of South Florida (USF) is offering 1-2 Postdoctoral Scholar positions in the field of optical remote sensing from satellite platforms.

The primary duties and obligations of the appointments are to support Federal- and State-funded research projects involving optical remote sensing of aquatic environments. The successful candidates will be expected to advance the current state-of-the-art in algorithm and product development for water quality parameters and benthic properties in optically complex and/or optically shallow waters, assessment of algal blooms, and quantification of biogeochemical properties in coastal and inland waters.

The positions are available immediately, for a possible duration of 3 years, contingent upon satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurable with experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

A PhD degree in optical oceanography, remote sensing, aquatic science, or closely relate field, is required. Also required is willingness to work with interdisciplinary research teams and motivation to advance science through both independent activities and collaborative research.

Preferred Qualifications:

We are seeking candidates who have demonstrated excellence in scholarly creativity and productivity, with potential foci including ocean color research and applications, for example, algorithm development, radiative transfer simulations, bio-optical inversion, atmospheric correction, or algal bloom and water quality assessments for optically complex waters. Relevant coding experience (e.g., Python) is preferred, as is prior work applying high-level analytical approaches (e.g., machine learning, Bayesian statistics) to satellite remote sensing datasets.


For information regarding the available positions, please contact Dr. Brian Barnes (bbarnes4@usf.edu) or Dr. Chuanmin Hu (huc@usf.edu).

Read the full description and how to apply here.

EPA Fellowship on Satellite Water Quality Validation and Applications, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Restricted to U.S. Citizens only.

Research training activities include:

  • Assisting with the development and validation of a national Sentinel-2 chlorophyll data product in lakes and estuaries.
  • Demonstrating new satellite applications for water quality monitoring.
  • Opportunities to contribute to other research efforts related to water quality satellite remote sensing, such as seagrass monitoring, field and laboratory efforts for satellite validation.


The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:
  • Knowledge and experience in a computer coding language such as Python or R (similar languages are ok) with a good working knowledge of GIS.
  • It is beneficial to have a good statistical skill set.
  • Relevant ecology or similar background is beneficial, but not necessary.

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