If you would like to include a position on this page, please contact the IOCCG Project Scientist, Dr. Venetia Stuart (Venetia.Stuart@dfo-mpo.gc.ca)

20 March 2018: Environmental Scientist - Water Quality Remote Sensing, Zurich, Switzerland

Odermatt & Brockmann GmbH are hiring an Environmental Scientist (f/m, 80-100%)  to work in the area of  Water Quality Remote Sensing

Odermatt & Brockmann GmbH provides satellite Earth Observation services, performs research and development, and advises stakeholders in the interpretation and integration of Earth Observation products. The company offers special expertise in the field of aquatic Earth Observation and geoinformatics.

Methods to derive environmental information from satellite images have been evolving steadily in the past decades, and further development is required to exploit the growing potential of remote sensing technology. In this field of application we are collaborating with the European Space Agency, universities, research institutes and public authorities to further develop image analysis methods, and better understand the environmental processes represented by remotely sensed products. In this context we are looking for an environmental scientist to contribute to the development of a new operational water quality service.

Odermatt & Brockmann GmbH offers an attractive job in a company that attaches great importance to having an enjoyable and positive working environment, with the goal to achieve greatest customer satisfaction. The applicant’s openness, imagination, thirst for knowledge and pleasure in agile teamwork are of highest value to us.  The candidates must have:

  • An academic degree in geosciences, mathematics, physics or similar
  • Expertise in optical remote sensing and an interest in water quality applications; professional experience is an advantage
  • Good written and spoken English skills; German skills are an advantage
  • Strong communication skills

Your ability to work in a small and motivated team of international experts is very important. We offer a salary in the range of 60k-100k CHF and managerial responsibility according to the candidate’s level of qualifications and experience.

Your place of work will be Odermatt & Brockmann premises in the city of Zurich, Switzerland.

The contract is offered for a permanent position.

Please send your electronic applications to jobs@odermatt-brockmann.ch


12 March 2018: Postdoc or Computing Engineer in Ocean Color - LOG, France

Postdoc or Computing Engineer in Ocean Color

The Laboratoire of Oceanology and Geosciences (LOG, France) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position or a Computing Engineer Position in the frame of the EUMETSAT-IOPs project. The last two decades have been characterized by an increased interest in inverse methods dedicated to the estimation of inherent optical properties (IOPs) of natural surface waters from ocean colour remote sensing observations. The ability to retrieve IOPs from space offers particular benefits of improving the investigations of biogeochemical status of the surface oceanic layer at large basin and global scales over long periods of time. Observation of IOPs from space also allows monitoring of water quality status of coastal and inland waters at unprecedented spatio-temporal scales. The applicant will work with Hubert Loisel (LOG, France) together with colleagues from LOV and ACRI in the frame of a 12-month study aimed at developing IOP products for Sentinel-3 OLCI as part of a EUMETSAT Copernicus study. We will implement a review process as well as product validation using two kinds of semi-analytical approaches (one-step and two step algorithms). First, semi-analytical models, which aim at simultaneously estimating the backscattering and absorption components of total IOPs using reflectance data as input to the inversion algorithms, will be tested. These one-step algorithms will be developed within the GIOPs framework (Werdell et al., 2013). The second family (two-step algorithms) will assess total IOPs then estimate the components’ IOPs in a stepwise fashion. Synthetic and in situ data sets collected in open-ocean, coastal and inland waters will be used for validation, and uncertainties will be provided for each parameter. An international science team will be associated with the project to review the study.

RANK: Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Computing Engineer having an experiment in ocean color processing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in remote sensing or Master degree in remote sensing.

TO APPLY: Applications are to be sent to Hubert Loisel (hubert.loisel@univ-littoral.fr)

Starting date: as soon as possible

13 February 2018: Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, Perth, Australia

Principal Research Scientist

We are seeking a qualified and experienced Principal Research Scientist to lead and conduct solutions-oriented coastal research for CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Coastal Research Group. For further information see: https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Perth%2C-WA-Principal-Research-Scientist/457285200/

29 January 2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physical Oceanography/Remote Sensing


The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography/Center for Marine Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Physical Oceanography/Remote Sensing within the SOCON Program (Sustained Ocean Color Observation with Nanosatellites –  http://www.uncw.edu/socon). UNCW has entered into a PUBLIC/PRIVATE/FEDERAL partnership funded by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as a technology demonstration and “proof-of-concept” for development of a low-cost, high resolution, miniaturized multispectral ocean color imager (HawkEye) capable of flight on a CubeSat (SeaHawk) as a “game-changer” in the collection and dissemination ocean color data via nanosatellites.  The incumbent will become a member of the management, flight and science teams, working closely with the NASA Ocean Color Program on processing, distribution and archival of the imagery, and will have the opportunity to use these data in support of their own research interests. The SOCON team has completed the sensor development and is in the process of construction of 2 prototype CubeSats. The first is scheduled for launch in Q3 2018 with the second to follow within 6-months to a year.  We are seeking an outstanding scientist with a recent doctorate in marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related field with a research focus on remote sensing of physical processes within the ocean and/or physical-biological interactions in coastal or mid-ocean ecosystems. Program management experience desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous research program and will have the opportunity to gain experience teaching within UNCW’s undergraduate and graduate programs in physical oceanography. This is a full time, benefits-earning time limited 12-month position, with an initial funding period of three years (with annual review and possibility of renewal). For further information contact Dr. John M. Morrison at morrisonj@uncw.edu or (910) 962-2333. All application materials will be accepted online at Position Number 1505 (https://jobs.uncw.edu/hr/postings/10374).

RANK: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Physical Oceanography, Ocean Sciences, or a related discipline. ABD’s will be considered if degree will be conferred by June 30, 2018.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  A doctorate in marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related field with a research focus on remote sensing of physical processes within the ocean and/or physical-biological interactions in coastal or mid-ocean ecosystems. Professional experience in program management.

TO APPLY: Applications are to be submitted via the UNCW online system including: letter of interest (cover letter), a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (summary of research), contact information for three professional references, and one to three samples of published materials submitted in a combined document submitted as ‘Other A’. Documents must be submitted as PDF files. Three current confidential reference letters should also be submitted directly by your referees by email directly to  morrisonj@uncw.edu.

CLOSING DATE: Review of Applicants will begin immediately and priority consideration given to those who apply by the February 19 priority date. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

24 January 2018: Research Scientist in Ocean and Atmospheric Optics, City University of New York, USA

Research Scientist in Ocean and Atmospheric Optics

The Optical Remote Sensing Laboratory of the City College of the City University of New York (CCNY) invites applicants for a Research Associate position in Optical Sensing of the Marine Environment. Candidates with an expertise in satellite ocean color (OC) data processing, OC calibration/validation, atmospheric correction and development of algorithms for the retrieval of water properties are welcome. Familiarity with the vector radiative transfer of coupled ocean/atmosphere system is very advantageous. Experience with field measurements of water parameters and/or instrument design is a significant plus.

The successful candidate will participate in several projects which include satellite, AERONET-Ocean Color and field data analysis, field experiments from the ships, ocean platforms and helicopters with the state of the art multi- and hyperspectral imagers in un-polarized and polarized mode and other sophisticated optical instruments, characterization of the ocean-atmosphere interface, development of the advanced algorithms for the retrieval of water properties and depths, particle characteristics and detection of algal blooms. Student mentoring in the above areas, participation in laboratory experiments and field cruises, preparation of manuscripts, reports, and proposals for external funding will be also part of the assignment.


A PhD in Engineering or related scientific field. A combination of experimental and theoretical experience in the area of marine optics, strong simulation skills are required as is the ability to work and interact within a well-established multidisciplinary research team which includes faculty, postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students.

Salary: commensurate with experience.

 Please send application and CV to:

Prof. Alex Gilerson
Electrical Engineering Department
City College of New York (CUNY)

For more information please see:  http://oceans.ccny.cuny.edu/agilerson/


22 January 2018: Research scientist vacancy – University of Vigo, Spain

Research scientist vacancy – University of Vigo, Spain

The University of Vigo offers a research position to work in Vigo (Spain) within the H2020 project “Commercial service platform for user-relevant coastal water monitoring services based on Earth observation  (CoastObsJ)”. The successful candidate is expected to start in the first quarter of 2018. Please send your application to email to jesu@uvigo.es before 10/02/2018.


The University of Vigo offers a Research Position in Vigo (Spain) to work with the Laboratory of Remote Sensing and GIS on the H2020 research project CoastObs  in improving detection of harmful algal blooms using Earth observation data and prediction models.

Job Description:

We are looking for a Master’s level candidate with background in marine ecosystems and excellent field, modeling, communication and team-work skills to work towards the improvement of harmful algal blooms detection for user-relevant coastal water monitoring and environmental reporting based on validated Earth Observation and in situ optical data. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with a number of Earth observation groups around Europe and especially with University of Stirling.


The overall aim of CoastObs project is to develop a commercial service platform for user-relevant coastal water monitoring and environmental reporting based on validated Earth Observation and in situ optical data.

The University of Vigo will:

  • Provide a comprehensive validation of the developed within CoastObs products, to complement the validation of Standard Ocean colour products generally over coastal waters and to determine the magnitude and stability of associated errors and uncertainties.
  • Improve detection of species HAB using algorithms based on neural networks and SVM for user-relevant coastal water monitoring and environmental reporting based on validated Earth Observation and in situ optical data

Minimum Qualifications (Exclusion criteria):

At the time of recruitment the candidate:

  • We are looking for a graduate in computer engineering, physical sciences or equivalent.
  • Master’s in any interest field.
  • High English level written and spoken.
  • Ability to work in the marine environment

Preferred Qualifications (Evaluation Criteria):

  • Experience in working with satellite space observation data and optical data in situ in marine environment.
  • Development of algorithms based on neural networks, support vector machines, and work with metadata.
  • Experience in research, scientific reports, publications;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English, to contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, deliver presentations, and translate scientific concepts for diverse audiences;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO and government partners and to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team;
  • Willingness to travel internationally, proved with international mobility and/or secondments or similar.

Salary and Benefits:

You will receive a PhD scholarship according to the general conditions at University of Vigo. The scholarship includes full social security coverage (net monthly amount starting at ± 1500 EUR/month). Possibility of research stays/visits at the University of  Stirling (UK). The contract will be for 30 months and will start in the first quarter of 2018.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send the application to University of Vigo by email to jesu@uvigo.es.  Please include in the subject “Application for COASTOBJ acronym project”. The application email should include:

      1. A letter of interest up to 1000 words (2 pages) in English, Explaining the applicant’s background and expertise, with a focus on the skills, knowledge and aptitude they would bring to the position.
      2. A Curriculum Vitae of the applicant: indicating the grade point average of the applicant bachelor’s and master’s degree, courses taken as relevant for the position, specific technical skills, and previous work related to the topic (master’s thesis, reports and others).
      3. Up to three references with their contacts. Support letters will be required only in the second step of the evaluation.

All candidates fulfilling the minimum requirements will be evaluated based on the Preferred Qualifications indicated before. Deadline 10/2/2018

19 January 2018: ESA Living Planet Fellowships

ESA Living Planet Fellowships: Call for Research Proposals 2018

On behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), we are pleased to invite you to participate to the Call for Research Proposals of the Living Planet Fellowship 2018.

The main objective of this initiative is to support young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation and Earth system science.

With this call ESA plans to support up to 10 Post-Doctoral researchers (supported by ESA with a ceiling price of 99K Euro per 2-years under a co-funding scheme) to carry out a research project at a Host Institution in an eligible ESA Member State.

For more information see the ESA website at:  http://livingplanetfellowship.esa.int/index.php

4 January 2018: 2-year Post-doc Position in Lake Color Remote Sensing, Quebec, Canada

2-year Post-doc position in lake color remote sensing in Canada


Simon Bélanger, Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

Yannick Huot, University of Sherbrooke

Salary: From 35k$CAD/yr to 45k$CAD/yr depending on candidate experience.

Date: The position is available now and should start before May 2018. Application should be sent before March 1st 2018 (see below).


The project:

Canada has more lakes than any other country and relies heavily on them for drinking water, food, recreation, and many other economic, social, and cultural activities. Yet, the ability of lakes to deliver ecosystem services has been affected by diverse anthropogenic influences throughout the country, including domestic, agricultural and industrial pollution, land use, and climate change. This situation will likely be exacerbated in the future. Surprisingly, a pan-Canadian perspective on this issue has not been pursued and thus it is not possible to answer the pressing questions: “What is the health status of Canadian lakes, how has it changed, and how will it likely change in the future?”

To answer this question, a national initiative was launched in 2016: the NSERC Canadian Lake Pulse Network (see http://lakepulse.ca/).  As part of Lake Pulse, 680 lakes are sampled using common and integrated protocols all-over Canada for an extensive suite of physical, chemical, biological and optical parameters.  This unique in situ dataset, which will include spectral inherent and apparent optical properties along with biogeochemical parameters (TSS, chlorophyll-a, DOC, etc), will be the basis of remote sensing algorithms development and validation that will allow us to diagnose the lake optical quality across Canada beyond the sampled lakes. The main task of the post-doctoral fellow will be to take advantages of the cloud computing power now available (e.g., Google Earth Engine, GEE) to extract the water-leaving radiance of lakes across Canada from the high-resolution multispectral imagery of Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2. This involve the implementation of water-specific atmospheric correction schemes and adjacency effects correction in such cloud computing platform that will allow rapid processing of the large remote sensing data set. Thorough validation of the water-leaving radiance will be achieved using the in situ data obtained as part of the project.  Therefore, the main outcome of this project will be remote sensing tools to diagnose the Canada’s millions of lakes from space. The successful candidate is expected to participate to the fieldwork in summers 2018 and 2019. The candidate will be strongly encouraged to collaborate with the network’s students and PIs and to contribute to the network vitality.

The research environment

The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) is a leading research university in marine sciences and northern environmental studies. Over the years, the quality of its infrastructures, education and research, the development of areas of research excellence (marine sciences and northern environmental studies) and the numerous awards won by UQAR have earned it broad recognition, both nationally and internationally. Rimouski is at 300-km east of Québec City and is blessed by its unique geographical location along the vast St. Lawrence Estuary, home to an exceptional natural environment and a rich maritime tradition. The successful candidate will benefit from the dynamic training environment and the logistical and financial supports provided by the strategic research cluster such as BOREAS (https://www.uqar.ca/recherche/la-recherche-a-l-uqar/unites-de-recherche/groupe-de-recherche-sur-les-environnements-nordiques-boreas/presentation-objectifs-et-mission-boreas), Centre d’études Nordiques (http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/) and Québec-Océan (http://www.quebec-ocean.ulaval.ca/).


Please email 1) your CV, 2) a motivation letter, 3) two references and 4) your main research contribution (i.e., publications) to Dr. Simon Bélanger (simon_belanger@UQAR.ca) and Dr Yannick Huot (Yannick.Huot@USherbrooke.ca) before March 1st 2018.

19 December 2017: Research Assistant - EOMORES and CoastObs Projects, University of Stirling, UK

Research Assistant, University of Stirling, UK

Description of Duties

The University of Stirling is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated post-doctoral research assistant (PDRAs) in Earth observation to work across three new Horizon 2020 projects on the development and application of satellite remote sensing for monitoring water quality in lakes and coastal waters and the integration of these data with novel in situ sensor observations.

The successful candidate will work across the H2020 projects EOMORES and CoastObs. These two projects are focused on the development, application and operationalization of satellite remote sensing services for water quality monitoring in inland and coastal waters. In particular, the projects are focused on the exploitation of data from the European’s Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel satellites to develop new and improved data products and services for inland and coastal waters.

The successful PDRA will be expected to lead on the planning and execution of field sampling campaigns for the development and validation of satellite observations, the maintenance and deployment of in situ optical sensors, analysis of water samples and primary production photosynthesis-irradiance incubations in the laboratory, and the curation, processing and analysis of in situ and satellite datasets.

For further information and how to apply see the full announcement.


19 December 2017: Research Assistant - Monocle Project, University of Stirling, UK

Research Assistant, University of Stirling, UK

Description of Duties

The successful candidate will work across the H2020 project Monocle. This project is focused on the development, testing and commercialization of novel in situ sensors for water quality monitoring and satellite validation. The successful PDRA will be responsible for the planning, implementation and execution of laboratory- and field-based experiments to test, inter-compare and evaluate novel new sensors for in situ measurements of water quality and atmospheric properties for satellite validation. In addition, the PDRA will support the development of the Limnades database for the management, quality control and sharing of in situ data for satellite validation.

The Stirling team are involved in a number funded research programmes and there may also be opportunities for the successful candidates to contribute to other projects (e.g., NERC GloboLakes www.globolakes.ac.uk, Danubius http://www.danubius-ri.eu, supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project students in the field and laboratory and contribute to and lead on applications for new research funding and fellowships.

For further information, including essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BGL830/research-assistant/

6 December 2017: 18-month postdoc (RS shallow water/seagrass), Nantes University, France

18-month postdoc at Nantes University in shallow water / seagrass remote sensing

Postdoc profile
Background and publication record in at least two of the following fields:

  • Shallow water remote sensing
  • Marine optics
  • Radiative transfer in the ocean
  • Seagrass remote sensing
  • Coastal zone ecology

The position will remain opened until filled. Application is to be send before May 2018. Ideally the work should start in May 2018.

The net monthly salary is 2250€. It could be negotiated, depending on experience. Salary includes full health insurance and social benefits (i.e. unemployment benefit).

Laurent Barillé and Pierre Gernez, Nantes University (France)

Vittorio Brando and Federica Braga, CNR (Italy); Anne-Laure Barillé, Bio-Littoral (France)

The postdoc researcher will develop and validate algorithms for the remote-sensing of seagrass meadows using Sentinel2-MSI, Landsat8-OLI, and Pléiades data. Three study sites will be investigated: (i) an intertidal site with emerged beds of Zostera noltei during low tide
(Bourgneuf Bay, France), and (ii) two shallow water sites with underwater beds of Zostera marina (Glénan islands, France; Venice lagoon Italy).

Scientific context
For the remote sensing of emerged vegetation, multispectral imagery has been successfully used to detect temporal changes of seagrass beds (Mumby et al. 1997; Dekker et al. 2005; Phinn et al. 2008), and is adapted to assess the areal extent of large intertidal meadows
(Barillé et al. 2010). Deeper insight has been obtained using hyperspectral airborne remote sensing (Fyfe 2003; Fearns et al. 2011; Valle et al. 2015) using either empirical approaches or semi-analytical algorithms. However, the temporal dynamic of seagrass beds cannot be captured by the inherent limited number of hyperspectral airborne campaigns (Roelfsema et al. 2014). This prevents analysis and development of higher level remote sensing product such as seagrass phenology that can be documented by Sentinel2 due to its high temporal resolution. For intertidal beds, simple algorithms based on various vegetation indices and classification techniques can be a cost effective way to retrieve seagrass beds areal extent and biomass (Bargain et al. 2012, 2013). An adaptation of these algorithms is required for Sentinel2 with a robust field validation. Spatial resolution will probably set a limit to the detection of small and fragmented seagrass beds, and this remains to be tested. Seagrass beds may also be monitored using in situ reflectance data obtained with hand-held spectroradiometers. There is a challenge to show that as a non-intrusive technique of field radiometry can become a routine and efficient methodology to sample and quantify seagrass biomass, pigment composition, and epiphyte cover.

For subtidal beds the feasibility of accurately mapping seagrass cover will be tested by adapting the open source Sentinel2 processing chain for shallow water mapping implemented in ESA’s SNAP processor for coral reef environments (www.sen2coral.org). The Sen2Coral
processing chain for shallow water mapping includes classification techniques and semianalytical model inversions: both approaches will be tested to determine the most accurate algorithm for each of the study sites.

Project framework
The post-doc position is funded by the Horizon 2020 project CoastObs (Commercial service platform for user-relevant coastal water monitoring services based on Earth Observation) led by the company Water Insight, and composed of the following partners: University of Stirling (UK), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IT), University of Nantes (FR), HZ University of applied Sciences (NL), Universidade de Vigo (SP), Bio-Littoral (FR), and Geonardo Environmental Technologies (HU).

Several European directives aim at sustainable management of coastal waters, retaining or restoring a high ecological status and safeguarding ecosystem services. Increasing pressure and stricter regulations increase the need for efficient monitoring solutions. Where traditional in situ sampling is insufficient to characterize the highly dynamic coastal environments, Earth Observation (EO) provides a synoptic view and frequent coverage. With the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel satellites, operational water quality services become a business opportunity. CoastObs will develop a service platform for coastal water monitoring with validated products derived from EO. In dialogue with users from various sectors, CoastObs will develop innovative EO-based products, including seagrass and macro-algae monitoring.

How to apply
Email the following documents (in PDF) to laurent.barille@univ-nantes.fr and to pierre.gernez@univ-nantes.fr, with [Postdoc zostera] in the subject line:

  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Detailed CV
  • Motivation letter
  • One or two references
  • Two articles (your most significant contribution to this field of research)

Bibliographic references
Bargain et al (2012) Spectral response of the seagrass… Aquatic Bot. 98, 45-56.
Bargain et al (2013) Seasonal spectral variation Zostera… J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 446, 86-94
Barillé, et al (2010) Increase in seagrass distribution… Aquatic Bot. 92, 185-194
Dekker et al (2005) Retrospective seagrass change… Remote Sens. Environ. 97, 415-433
Fyfe (2003) Spatial temporal variation in spectral… Limnol. & Oceanogr. 48, 464-479
Fearns et al (2011) Shallow water substrate mapping… Cont. Shelf Res. 31, 1249-1259
Mumby et al (1997) Measurement of seagrass standing… Remote Sens. Environ. 159, 51-60
Phinn et al (2008) Mapping seagrass species… Remote Sens. Environ. 112, 3413-3425
Roelfsema et al (2014) Multi-temporal mapping of seagrass… Remote Sens. Environ. 150, 172-
Valle et al (2015) Mapping estuarine habitats… Estuarine Coast. Shelf Sci. 164, 433-442

22 November 2017: Two job opportunities for Earth Observation scientists, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK)

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory has two new job opportunities for Earth Observation scientists ranging from junior to senior scientist grade. For the full job listing see http://pml.ac.uk/Working_with_us

Earth Observation Research and Development Support

Grade: Scientist (£29,874 – £35,346) or Junior Scientist (£22,404 – £27,165)
Appointment: 3 year Full Time Appointment with anticipation of extension to open-ended
Closing Date 15 Dec 2017
Location: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK)

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. As part of a team working on inland and coastal water quality remote sensing you will contribute to comparative analysis of Earth Observation scientific methods including different sensors, configurations, and atmospheric and biogeochemical retrieval algorithms for water, data processing, data management, statistical analysis, scientific reporting (oral, written) and presentation of results.

For more information see https://advanced.advorto.com/PML/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=20265


Earth Observation Scientist

Open-ended Appointment
Senior Scientist (£37,183 – £42,625) or Scientist (£29,874 – £35,346)
Closing Date 15 Dec 2017
Location: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK)

PML is looking for a dynamic, mathematically-inclined remote-sensing scientist who will work on developing, testing and implementing novel algorithms for using satellite data to study pools and fluxes of carbon in the ocean. The post-holder will also interface with ecosystem modellers to compare satellite products with model outputs. The scientist will be working on a major international project dedicated to the study of biogeochemical cycles in the ocean, in the context of climate change. The scientist will work in a team led by Shubha Sathyendranath and Trevor Platt.

For more information see https://advanced.advorto.com/PML/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=20267


13 November 2017: Full-time research positions, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Full-time research positions at postdoctoral scholar, distinguished research fellow, and distinguished associated research fellow levels at the School of Marine Sciences (SMS), Sun Yat-sen University, China.


Applications are being accepted for full-time research positions at postdoctoral scholar, distinguished research fellow, and distinguished associated research fellow levels at the School of Marine Sciences (SMS), Sun Yat-sen University, China. The successful applicants will work with Dr. Jun Zhao focusing on remote sensing of the marine environment and collaborate with researchers from different marine-related disciplines. The duties include proposal and project report writing, field investigation, data analysis, paper publication in highly-ranked journals, and presenting results at international conferences. Positions are available immediately and will be funded for an initial period of three years with a possibility for extension pending acceptable performance.


  • Doctorate degree in remote sensing, oceanography, or closely relevant fields.
  • Familiarity with satellite data processing using both software and self-written codes, and algorithm devleopment.
  • Great programing skills with Matlab, IDL, Python, Perl, or shell scripts.
  • Capability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary research circumstance, plus motivation to conduct autonomous research.
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills.
  • Post-doctoral experiences are required for distinguished (associate) research fell


Salaries are commensurate with experience and qualification.

Postdoctoral scholar level: 200,000 RMB + allowance at the Zhuhai campus between 30,000 – 36,000 RMB. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for other programs for postdoc, such as “International Exchange Program for Postdoc”, “Innovation Talent Program for Postdoc”, “Xiangjiang Scholar Program” and “Zhujiang Talent Program”.

Distinguished associate research fellow: 190,000 – 250,000 RMB + allowance at the Zhuhai campus between 30,000 – 36,000 RMB.

Distinguished research fellow: 300,000 – 360,000 RMB + allowance at the Zhuhai campus between 30,000 – 36,000 RMB.

Promotions to faculty levels of associate and full professor are possible pending excellent performance and qualification.

For details, please check the link http://marine.sysu.edu.cn/Detail4295.html.


To apply, please submit the following materials to Dr. Jun Zhao at zhaojun28@mail.sysu.edu.cn:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Curriculum Vitae with an up-to-date publication list;
  3. Statement of research interest;
  4. Three recommendation letters with at least one from your present employer.

The positions will remain open until filled. Interested candidates may address questions for the positions to Dr. Jun Zhao (zhaojun28@mail.sysu.edu.cn).

Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen and with an educational tradition spanning over 100 years, is a preeminent research, academic and cultural center and the premier location for talent development in South China. Under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and strongly supported by both the Ministry and Guangdong Province, SYSU has developed into a modern comprehensive university that enjoys a reputation as a top-tier university nationally and a renowned university internationally. With five campuses in three cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen, and ten affiliated hospitals, the university is striving to become a world-class university and global center of learning.

SMS at SUSY stands on beautiful coast in Zhuhai bordering Hong Kong and Macau. Zhuhai Campus (covering an area over 3.3 square kilometers) has been designated to receive the priority of developing big marine science groups. SYSU is constructing an ocean-going research vessel (6,000 tons), and already has the super computer, “Milky Way-2”. Recently, SYSU is taking initiatives in building the provincial laboratory: South China Sea Institute and the state of arts marine laboratory in the world, attracting top scientists so as to advance the core technologies and training better technicians.


6 November 2017: PhD student, Lake Futures project - University of Waterloo, Canada

Position available for PhD student to provide research support on the Lake Futures project.

Exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. student to join the Lake Futures: Algal bloom predictors project, funded under the Global Water Futures program. The successful candidate would be enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Earth and Environmental Sciences graduate program under the Collaborative Water Program, (supported by the Water Institute) at the University of Waterloo.

Starting date: January 1, 2018

Nuisance and harmful algal blooms represent a major and growing threat to water security across Canada and the world because of their undesirable ecological, economic and health impacts. This project aims to strengthen the predictive understanding and forecasting of the timing, spatial extent and intensity of algal blooms in the Great Lakes.
The student will have the opportunity to work with remote sensing observations to derive the relationship between algal distributions and environmental drivers, including inland (precipitation and river discharge) and lake (ice cover, temperature, wind speed, solar radiation) meteorological forcings, nutrient sources, water temperature, light penetration, water quality (water color, DOC, nutrients) and circulation patterns. Statistical relationships will be identified using multivariate analyses. Bayesian probabilistic and neural network models will be used to further narrow down the drivers that best predict the initiation and proliferation of algal blooms.

Potential applicants should be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills. Applicants should have meaningful experience in remote sensing techniques and understating of numerical models and statistical analysis.  To be eligible, the applicant must have successfully defended and submitted their M.Sc. thesis prior to the proposed start date.

How to apply
Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit their application by email to Dr. Homa Kheyrollah Pour: h2kheyro@uwaterloo.ca, copying Tatjana Milojevic: gwf-uw@uwaterloo.ca

6 November 2017: Visiting Professorship, Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil

Visiting Professorship position in Oceanography at Federal University of Rio Grande-FURG, Rio Grande-RS, BRAZIL

 Number of Vacancies: 01
Area: Oceanography/ Integrated Oceanographic Processes
Post-Graduate Program: Physical, Chemical and Geological Oceanography Research
Priority topics (but not restricted to):
 1) Physical and biogeochemical proxies and tracers to investigate marine elements cycles in the modern and past ocean;
 2) Marine bio-optics;
 3) Turbulence and mixing process in the oceans and atmosphere interface;
 4) Marine geophysics.
– The hiring of Foreign Visiting Professors will be given initially for 2 (two) years, which may be extended up to a maximum of 4 (four) years.
– The hiring of Brazilian Visiting Professor will be given initially for 1 (one) year, and may be extended up to a maximum of 2 (two) years.
– Application deadline: 30th November, 2017

23 October 2017: Studentship - Carbon From Space, PML and University of Exeter, UK

Carbon From Space: determining the biological controls on the ocean sink of CO2 from satellite, in the Atlantic and Southern oceans.
Main Supervisor: Dr Gavin Tilstone, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

Co-Supervisor: Dr Vassilis Kitidis, PML
Co-Supervisor: Dr Jamie Shutler, University of Exeter

Background: Oceanic phytoplankton contribute approximately half of Earth’s net primary production, and so form an essential link in the regulation of global atmospheric CO2. They influence gas exchange by photosynthesis (using CO2) and respiration (exhaling CO2). The Oceans are a key sink of atmospheric CO2, but the significance of the biological control of this sink and how it may change in the future is not fully understood. Atmosphere-ocean CO2 movement (flux) is affected by ocean physics and biology, commonly known as the solubility and biological pumps. Understanding of this flux has been greatly enhanced by satellite measurements but to date new advances in satellite measurements of biological growth or respiration have not been used. Ocean colour algorithms of production that account for the carbon respired have been developed, but as yet have not been exploited to study gas fluxes. The purpose of this work will be to improve our understanding of how biology controls air-sea flux of CO2 in the Atlantic and Southern Oceans using Ocean colour algorithms of Net Community Production (NCP) applied to Sentinel-3 data to assess the role that biology plays in controlling the North and South Atlantic Gyres as a CO2 sink or source, to or from the atmosphere.

Aim and methods: The successful PhD student will undertake a unique programme of research aimed at developing and exploiting merged ocean colour remote sensing data and net community production models to enable monthly estimates of CO2 sources and sinks from satellite. These models will be ground truthed using in situ measurements taken in the Atlantic Ocean. The work will generate decadal time series, and evaluate how these have been affected by climate change. The research will feed into the international research effort of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Training: The student will receive multi-disciplinary training in sea going oceanography, chemical analysis of dissolved oxygen, remote sensing oceanography, impact of climate change on biogeochemistry, numerical and statistical data analysis. They will work in a world class research institute and have opportunities to present their work at international conferences. They will have the opportunity to take part in research cruises (e.g. Atlantic Meridional Transect www.amt-uk.org/). The project will make use of state-of- the-art field, laboratory, computing and instrumentation available across both institutions. The student should have obtained at least a 2i BSc in Remote Sensing, Oceanography, Computing, Marine Biology or a related field.

23 October 2017: NERC Studentship - Drones for Understanding Carbon Uptake, UK

Drones for Understanding Carbon Uptake in Sea-Ice Covered Antarctic Waters – Geography – NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship Ref: 2796

About the award

This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP).  The GW4+ DTP consists of the Great Western Four alliance of the University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter plus six Research Organisation partners:  British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Met Office, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.  The partnership aims to provide a broad training in earth and environmental sciences, designed to train tomorrow’s leaders in earth and environmental science. For further details about the programme please see http://nercgw4plus.ac.uk/

The studentships will provide funding for a stipend which is currently £14,553 per annum for 2017-2018, research costs and UK/EU tuition fees at Research Council UK rates for 42 months (3.5 years) for full-time students, pro rata for part-time students.


Main Supervisor: Dr Jamie Shutler, Geography, University of Exeter
Co-Supervisor: Dr Tom Bell, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Co-Supervisor:  Dr Karen Anderson, University of Exeter (UoE, Exeter DroneLab)

Location: Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Project description:

The oceans around Antarctica are disproportionately important for the global uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2). Large (factor of three) uncertainties exist in our understanding of air-to-sea CO2 gas transfer in mixed ice regions.  For example, sea-ice may alter transfer by suppressing ocean swell and modifying near surface turbulence.

Measurements of air-to-sea CO2 fluxes close to the Antarctic Peninsula are funded via a large Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) project. Estimates of the spatial extent of sea-ice and its impact upon air-to-sea gas fluxes are urgently required. Key missing observations, the synoptic scale sea-ice extent and structure within the footprint of the measured gas flux, can only be viewed from above. This project will use novel imaging approaches and drone techniques to quantify sea-ice extent coincident with measured gas fluxes. The data collected will help establish the importance of sea-ice for controlling air-to-sea CO2 fluxes.

For more information and how to apply see full announcement at: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=2796


18 October 2017: Electronics Engineer, Tartu Observatory, Estonia

Tartu Observatory is looking for an Electronics Engineer


  • development and building of electronics for scientific instrumentation,
  • designing of control and power supply systems, choosing suitable components,
  • designing of multilayer printed circuit boards,
  • programming of microcontrollers,
  • preparation of technical documentation.

Expectations of the candidate:

  • higher education in technical field (bachelor, master),
  • experience with programming of microcontrollers (including communication with PC – MS Windows, Linux)
  • experience with designing and building of electronic systems,
  • fluent in English.

Tartu Observatory offers:

  • full time job, contract of employment for two years with possible extension,
  • working in modern environment in the laboratories of Space Technology and Optical Radiometry (Observatooriumi 1, Nõo vald, Tõravere),
  • professional self-development,
  • a chance to be a member of a top professional team in the field, participation in international co-operation projects

Contact:   Please send your expression of interest with a CV and motivation letter before 1st of November 2017
                   to riho.vendt@to.ee. Additional information Riho Vendt by phone +372 696 2511.

See also the news story and the position announcement.

18 October 2017: Engineer of Optical Radiometry, Tartu Observatory, Estonia

Tartu Observatory is looking for an Engineer of Optical Radiometry


  •          radiometrical measurements,
  •          calibration of (radiometrical) measurement instruments including proper related paperwork and documenting of results,
  •          maintenance and development of measurement systems.

Expectations to a candidate:

  •          higher education in technical field (bachelor, master),
  •          experience in laboratory to plan, perform and analyse measurements independently,
  •          ability to set up and use automatic measurement systems, computer control and automatic data acquisition,
  •          fluent English.

Tartu Observatory offers:

  •          contract of employment for 2 years with possible extension,
  •          full time job,
  •          working in modern environment in the laboratories of Space Technology and Optical Radiometry (Observatooriumi 1, Nõo vald, Tõravere),
  •          professional self-development,
  •          a chance to be a member of a top professional team in the field,
  •          participation in international co-operation projects (e.g., with the European Space Agency).

Contact:   Please send your expression of interest with a CV and motivation letter before 1st of November 2017
                   to riho.vendt@to.ee. Additional information Riho Vendt by phone +372 696 2511.

See also the news story and the position announcement.

17 October 2017: Engineer to develop embedded system for field monitoring stations, Villefranche Oceanographic Laboratory, France

Host / Project
The Marine Optics and Remote Sensing group (http://omtab.obs-vlfr.fr) of the Villefranche
Oceanographic Laboratory (LOV: http://lov.obs-vlfr.fr/en/) has  long term international expertise
in development and deployment of bio-optical sensors in the field of oceanographic
biogeochemistry. As part of a European research project starting in January 2018, and in
collaboration with several European partners, we will develop a new embedded system for a
hyperspectral radiometer.

This system will be integrated and used within an international network of autonomous fixed
stations set up in natural waters (coastal zones and lakes) and on land (e.g., forests) in order to
calibrate/validate new satellite data/products. The system will be fully autonomous, robust (biofouling,
bad weather) and communicate with scientists using satellite or phone networks.

The selected candidate will develop a pointing system for the optical sensor (radiometer) and
secondary instruments connected to the system (3G/4G communication, engine, camera, …).
He will follow a ‘V cycle’ methodology, produce conception documents, develop and test the
system in laboratory then in the field (e.g., buoys at sea).

The candidate will join the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing group at LOV and will work in close
collaboration with two engineers and the scientist in charge of the project, and in relationship
with the European partner developing the sensor (hyperspectral radiometer).

Required skills

  • Embedded platforms (Raspberry PI, BeagleBone, or equivalent)
  • Linux system
  • Development in C, Python
  • Numerical electronics
  • English

Optional skills

  • Electrotechnics
  • Mechanics

Engineering school or equivalent

Other skills

  • Practical sense, experimentation in the field (e.g., at sea)
  • Methodology in system development
  • Team work

From 1650€ to 1900€/month depending on diploma and experience

University Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6

Working place
Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer UMR7093 CNRS/UPMC (06230
Villefranche-sur-Mer, FRANCE) with regular travels in Europe (meetings with partners) and field

One year + one year, from February 2018.

Send applications by email to: christophe.penkerch@obs-vlfr.fr



16 October 2017: Research faculty position in coastal/inland water remote sensing, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

We are looking to hire scientists in the field of coastal and inland water remote sensing, focusing on algorithm developments and applications. Applications are invited for Research faculty positions at assistant and associate levels. The candidates will be expected to work mainly with Dr. Lian Feng at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech (webpage: http://ese.sustc.edu.cn/en/staff/ftdetail.aspx?nc=111035002&szm=&id=100000095254396), and collaborate multiple research teams in the school, to develop research programs and mentor graduate students, etc. The position is available immediately, and can be funded for a three-year period initially, with a possibility for extension pending acceptable performance.


  • Doctoral degree in remote sensing, marine sciences or closely related field;
  • Evidence of strong research capabilities, such as publications in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Familiarity with programming in IDL, Python, C, or MATLAB;
  • Demonstrated interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary research;
  • Post-doctoral experiences are preferred but not required;
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills.

Salary Ranges

  • Research assistant professor level: more than 330,000 RMB per year;
  • Research associate professor level: more than 400,000 RMB per year;
  • Candidates could also receive a bonus package ranging from 1.6 to 2 million RMB (tax-free) from the Peacock program supported by the Shenzhen government, and the bonus is evenly distributed over 5 years.

To apply, submit the following materials to fengl@sustc.edu.cn:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Curriculum Vitae (with a complete list of publications);
  3. Statement of research interests;
  4. Names and contact information for three references.

The position will remain open until filled. For additional information, please contact Dr. Lian Feng, Email: fengl@sustc.edu.cn.

The Southern University of Science and Technology (known as SUSTech or SUSTC) (http://www.sustc.edu.cn/en) was founded in 2011 with public funding from Shenzhen City. A thriving metropolis of 20 million people bordering Hong Kong, Shenzhen has often been referred to as the “Silicon Valley of China” with strong telecommunication, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. The goal of SUSTech is to become a top-tier international university that excels in interdisciplinary research, talent development and knowledge discovery. English is the language of instruction.

The School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech was established in May 2015 to provide a new platform for performing cutting-edge research and for training a new generation of environmental scientists, engineers and managers who are interdisciplinary, innovative and global-thinking. Currently the school has 26 full time faculty members (http://ese.sustc.edu.cn/en/) with 20 positions to be filled.



11 October 2017: Postdoctoral Fellowship in ocean-atmosphere carbon fluxes observed from space, CSIRO, Hobart, Australia

The Position

Postdoctoral Fellowships at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and engineers, who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere is seeking to appoint a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow, with a background in marine biogeochemistry, to develop an integrated approach to deriving global air-sea CO2 flux products using in situ observations from autonomous technologies (e.g., Biogeochemical-Argo) paired with satellite Earth observation data and biogeochemistry models, to plug a gap in space agencies’ current capabilities and solve a critical issue for global carbon budgets. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary supervisory team with internationally-recognised expertise in satellite remote sensing, carbon cycle modelling, marine bio-optics and ocean biogeochemistry.

While the geographic focus of the project is global, it will draw heavily on in situ datasets from the Indian and Southern Oceans where CSIRO scientists are engaged in biogeochemical float deployments. This includes participation in collaborative float deployment programs with Indian (Australia-India Strategic Research Program), French (Southern Ocean Climate Project), and US (Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modelling) research teams.

Location:      Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Reference:   49441

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as oceanography, marine biogeochemistry or ocean remote sensing.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the physical, chemical and biological oceanographic processes that influence production and carbon cycling in the oceans.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing numerical modelling codes and / or satellite data analysis / algorithm development.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing numerical computing codes in a related discipline, using software such as MATLAB, Python, R.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research and to adapt to changing circumstances in order to prioritise and address problems and to deliver projects effectively and on time.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For further details and how to apply see the CSIRO announcement.

Applications Close:  10:00pm AEDT, 19 November 2017


11 October 2017: : Research Analyst/ Postdoctoral Fellow in Aquatic Remote Sensing, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / University of Maryland, USA


We are seeking applications for multiple full-time Research Analysts/Postdoctoral Fellows to work on NASA- and USGS-funded projects. The potential applicant has a strong background in remote sensing and is an expert in one of the following topics:

  • Aerosol/atmospheric optics
  • In-water bio-optical modeling

The research focus is on algorithm developments for the existing moderate resolution images, i.e., Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2, in the coastal/inland waters. The successful applicant is expected to be fluent in one/two programming language(s) (e.g., Python/C++/IDL). The incumbent is expected to be willing to contribute to the field of aquatic remote sensing in the form of presentations at scientific conferences and/or peer-review publications.

This is initially a one-year term but may be extended up to four years depending on a satisfactory annual performance. The incumbent will be based at either NASA Goddard Space Flight Center or the University of Maryland. The employment comes with full, competitive benefit package.

The positions are open to US and international applicants.

If interested or have any questions, please send your resume to Dr. Nima Pahlevan (nima.pahlevan@nasa.gov)


6 October 2017: Lecturer/Associate Professor in Earth Observation of Freshwater and/or Marine Environments, University of Stirling, UK

Applications are invited for a new position in Earth observation of Aquatic Environments, to be appointed on either the Grade 8 (lectureship) or Grade 9 (up to Associate Professor) level within the Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences. This exciting position will complement the capability of the rapidly growing EO team, widely recognised as world leading with extensive NERC (UK) and Horizon 2020 funding. The successful candidate will work in the area of Earth observation, adding capability within one or more of the areas of water quality, quantity and ecological assessment exploiting optical, thermal and/or radar remote sensing within freshwater (including wetlands) and/or marine (including transitional) environments. More broadly the candidate will be expected to exploit these EO capabilities in environmental and resource management. Applicants with expertise in sensor development and deployment from unmanned and airborne platforms are also welcome.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a PhD in Remote Sensing or related discipline including Earth Science, Environmental Sciences or (Geo)Physics, have a strong publication record, a commitment to growing the research capability and capacity in EO at Stirling and more broadly within the area of aquatic sciences research. Candidates wishing to be appointed at Grade 9 must also demonstrate significant grant capture success. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake and lead internationally excellent research, deliver high quality relevant teaching, provide appropriate administration support and other activities in Biological and Environmental Sciences, and integrate with activities across the Faculty of Natural Sciences to support and develop the Faculty’s academic profile

For further information and informal discussion, please contact Professor Andrew Tyler (a.n.tyler@stir.ac.uk).

Further information on the position can be found at : http://www.stir.ac.uk/about/jobs/details/index.html?id=QUUFK026203F3VBQB7V79V7NE&nPostingID=1585&nPostingTargetID=1505&mask=extstirling&lg=UK


5 October 2017: Postdoctoral scholar in ocean color and optics, University of North Dakota, USA

Applications are being accepted for a PostDoctoral Fellow position in the Department of Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP) of the University of North Dakota working with Dr. Xiaodong Zhang, beginning November 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will conduct research to understand the natural variability of angular scattering by oceanic particles and its impact on retrieving biogeochemical stocks from ocean color observations. The work may include, but is not necessarily limited to:

  1. Conduct and analyze laboratory and field measurements to determine the volume scattering functions and other optical and biogeochemical parameters;
  2. Examine how VSFs affect the bidirectional reflectance distribution function in ocean color;
  3. Develop inversion algorithms that utilize polarization information in particle scattering;
  4. Investigate if and how additional information gained from angular and polarized scattering measurement can better constrain the estimation of biogeochemical stocks from ocean color observations.

Minimum: Ph. D. degree in the field of marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related quantitative discipline. Strong programming skills.

Preferred: The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in scholar productivity in conducting and interpreting field- and/or lab-based optical measurements, ocean color remote sensing, or inter-disciplinary science. The successful candidate is expected to make significant improvement in interpreting optical measurements collected in the field or from satellites to advance the knowledge in hydrological optics and to derive biogeochemical stocks in aquatic environment.

This is full time, 12-month position, with a funding period of 3 years (pending annual review). Annual salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position also qualifies for a full benefit package. The detailed description of the position, the University, and the city of Grand Forks can be found by searching job# 13607 at https://und.edu/finance-operations/human-resources-payroll/careers/secure/job-openings-external.cfm. Applicants should send their CV, brief description of research interests, publication list, and contact information of three references to: https://und.edu/finance-operations/human-resources-payroll/careers/secure/job-openings-external.cfm. Interested candidates may address questions regarding the position to Dr. Xiaodong Zhang (zhang@aero.und.edu) but applications must be submitted through the UND’s Jobs link above. Review of applications will begin after October 16, 2017.


4 October 2017: Research Scientist (Meteorology and Climatology), NASA GSFC, USA

SSAI is seeking a qualified professional to support the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in a modeling study of hydroclimate extremes.  The successful applicant must have a strong background in atmospheric science (including a good understanding of the atmospheric and oceanic processes that cause climate extremes in the continental US) and must have a mixture of programming and scientific skills sufficient to perform, analyze and evaluate General Circulation Model (GCM) experiments. Duties will include analyzing observations and reanalyses to study causes and mechanisms of droughts in the continental US, performing and analyzing extensive NASA GEOS-5 GCM simulations to investigate atmospheric and oceanic processes that cause US regional droughts and the impact of model biases on the simulations, evaluating predictive skill of US regional droughts in current subseasonal and seasonal coupled forecasting systems, and development of visualizations for presentation and publication.


  • M.S. in atmospheric science with 2-3 years of research experience (Recent PhD in atmospheric science desired)
  • Familiarity with reanalyses and various station and satellite-based observational data products
  • Experience with performing and evaluating GCM runs using observations and reanalyses
  • Ability to process large data sets, experience with performing various statistical analyses
  • Strong programming and scripting skills and a proficiency in FORTRAN, Matlab, or IDL in a UNIX environment
  • Experience with designing, performing and analyzing GCM experiments to study US regional droughts and associated atmospheric and oceanic processes and characteristics, including regional Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies and atmospheric internal variability a plus
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to coordinate and complete multiple projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to contribute, as a co-author or lead author, to presentations and journal articles

Click here to apply!


11 August 2017: 3 Research scientist vacancies in Aquatic Remote Sensing and Optical Measurements (CLOSING DATE 4 Sept 2017), RBINS, Belgium

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) invites applications for 3 job vacancies to work in Brussels with the REMSEM (Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Modelling) team on research projects in the field of optical remote sensing of coastal and inland waters. The contract will be of definite duration until December 2019 with possibility of extension depending on external funding.


The successful candidates will work on one of the following three topics (60% time):

  1. Optical modelling and remote sensing algorithm research and development
  2. Multi-mission satellite data processing software development and exploitation for aquatic research and applications
  3. Optical measurement data acquisition and processing and instrument management

In addition all candidates will contribute to interactions with users of satellite data and/or web site content development (20%); and project management/administration tasks (20%).


  1. A Phd degree or equivalent in peer-reviewed publications is required;
  2. and 3. A Scientific Masters degree is required.

Application closing date: 4 September 2017 (12:00 CET).

See announcement for full details: http://ioccg.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/remsem2017_en_v2.pdf

21 July 2017: Post Doc - Remote Sensing of the Southern Ocean, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in JPL’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Group. Dr. Michelle Gierach will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.


The successful candidate will validate, analyze, and investigate aquatic science topics using airborne imaging spectroscopy data collected in the Southern Ocean as part of the O2/N2 Ratio and CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean (ORCAS) campaign.


Candidates should have a recent PhD in Earth systems science, marine sciences, oceanography, or related field with a strong background in remote sensing, especially imaging spectroscopy, and aquatic algorithm development. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.

See announcement for full details.

21 July 2017: Post Doc - Remote Sensing of Coral Reefs, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in JPL’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Group. Dr. Michelle Gierach will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.


The successful candidate will work on validating and analyzing collected airborne remote sensing data, and investigate coral reef remote sensing topics beyond the scope of the COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) mission (https://coral.jpl.nasa.gov/).


Candidates should have a recent PhD in Earth systems science, marine sciences, oceanography, or related field with a strong background in remote sensing, especially imaging spectroscopy, and aquatic algorithm development. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.

See announcement for full details.

19 July 2017: Tenure Track Group Leader in Remote Sensing of Aquatic Systems, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and main-taining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
Based on a joint agreement between Eawag and University of Zürich, the Department Surface Waters – Re-search and Management (SURF) has an open position for a:

Tenure Track Group Leader in Remote Sensing of Aquatic Systems

to conduct research on the use of remote sensing to advance understanding of aquatic systems and to facilitate cross-scale assessments of processes in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, floodplains, wetlands and urban environments. The successful applicant is expected to build an independent research program that facilitates the use of remote sensing across Eawag and to contribute to fulfilling Eawag’s mandate in education and expert consulting.

The successful applicant will be supported through collaborations with research groups wi1hin the department (www.eawag.ch/en/ department/SURF/) and will benefit from the interdisciplinary environment of Eawag. The candidate is expected to collaborate with the Chair of Remote Sensing of Water Systems (Dr Alexander Damm-Reiser) at the nearby University of Zürich (www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/rsl), where the candidate will have an affilia-tion to the Department of Geography. Hydrological, meteorological, and archived biogeochemical data as well as high performance computing are available.

See announcement for full details.

13 July 2017: Applications of remote sensing products for water quality, EPA, Durham, North Carolina

Date posted: 13 July, 2017

Opportunity:  Applications of Satellite Water Quality Products for Freshwater HABs & Estuary Seagrass Monitoring

Organization:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Reference Code: PA-ORD-NERL-EMMD-2017-02

How To Apply: A complete application consists of:

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to EPArpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Academic Levels: Post-Master’s

Description: A research participation training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL).  This appointment will be served with the Exposure Methods and Measurements Division (EMMD) in Durham, North Carolina.

Data  from  satellite  remote  sensing  can  address  and  inform  communities  on  water  quality changes  that  impact  societal  uses,  such  as  consumption  and  recreation. This  research project  explores  issues relevant  to  understanding  the  general  utility  of  remotely  sensed  data  for  cyanoHAB  and seagrass occurrence monitoring using previous and current operational satellite sensors. This research project develops scientific approaches for mainstreaming satellite water quality capabilities into U.S. fresh and estuarine water quality management decisions (e.g. www.epa.gov/cyanoproject). This research project is on the cutting edge of water quality monitoring and applied satellite operations transitioning to high performance and cloud computing resources. The research participant will be involved in geospatial statistics, computer coding, and ecological/human health exposure related research.

The research participant will have the opportunity to interact with multiple federal agencies and academics involved in a broader research effort addressing various issues related to satellite water quality research for inland waters and estuaries. The participant will have the opportunity to gain experience using data and tools developed by multiple federal agencies and academic institutions. He/she will also have an opportunity to gain experience in problem formulation, data analysis and interpretation, statistical and mathematical programming, and technical communication. The participant will be encouraged to participate in manuscripts and presentations.

This research training opportunity will involve the research participant in the following activities:

  • Temporal and spatial analysis of freshwater cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms and connections to drinking and recreational waters.
  • Estuarine water quality satellite algorithm validation and applications.
  • Estuarine seagrass modeling and spatial analysis
  • Hands on use of European Space Agency satellite sensors such as MERIS on Envisat, OLCI on Sentinel-3, MSI on Sentinel-2, USGS Landsat OLI, and Digital Globe WorldView-2 & 3.

The mentor for this project is Blake Schaeffer (schaeffer.blake@epa.gov).

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA. The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or participant’s health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Qualifications: Applicants must have received a master’s degree in computer science, earth and geosciences, engineering, environmental and marine sciences, agricultural science, agriculture, forestry sciences, ecology, ecosystem ecology, wildlife sciences, mathematics and statistics, physics or a closely related discipline within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Experience in applying computer coding knowledge and GIS skills will be beneficial to this research opportunity.

Eligibility Requirements: Degree –  Currently pursuing a Master’s degree or have received this degree within 60 months.


  •  Physics (All)
  • Earth and Geosciences (All)
  • Engineering (All)
  • Life Health and Medical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics (All)
  • Computer Sciences (All)
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences (All)

View position announcement at: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3448

10 July 2017: 2 Research scientist positions in OC research and applications, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST), China

Date posted: 10 July, 2017

Research Scientist positions (2) in OC Research and Applications, Nanjing University  of Information Science & Technology (NUIST)

Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) invites applications for two Research Scientist positions (non-tenure track) in the Marine In-situ and Remote Optics (MIRO) working group of the School of Marine Sciences (Prof. Dr. Zhongfeng Qiu, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zhongfeng_Qiu). We are seeking highly motivated candidates, preferably with at least two years of post-doctoral experience in ocean color remote sensing  in aquatic systems (marine and freshwater). The appointment will be for three or five years, with a possible extension upon satisfactory performance, starting in September 2017 or later. The annual salary is in a range of 350,000 – 600,000 RMB (around $US51K-$US87K), depending on qualifications and experiences.

Potential candidates should have a PhD degree in marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related field. A background in ocean color remote sensing is not a requirement, but will be an asset. The successful candidate is expected to join ongoing and planned multidisciplinary projects in the broader fields of remote sensing. He/she is also expected to contribute to the teaching activities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The School of Marine Sciences at NUIST is a rapidly expanding school spanning all of the major marine science disciplines. We encourage interested applicants to visit our web site at: http://ocean.nuist.edu.cn. For further information please contact Prof. Zhongfeng Qiu, zhongfeng.qiu@nuist.edu.cn. Applications should be sent by email and include the following items. 1) a cover letter; 2) a statement of research interests; 3) curriculum vitae  including a list of publications; and 4) three letters of professional references. Review of applications will begin from August 1, 2017. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.


20 June 2017: Research oceanographer, AST, Oceanographic Studies, NASA GSFC

Date posted: 20 June, 2017

Research Oceanographer, AST, Oceanographic Studies GS-1360-13/14, Vacancy Announcement # GS17D0131


Job Summary:

The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Earth Sciences Division, Laboratory (Code 616) seeks a Researcher to provide expertise in the research and study of coupled global and regional physical-biogeochemical modeling and a strong interest and proven skill in the assimilation of satellite ocean color products into these models.

Major Duties:

As Research Oceanographer, specializing in Oceanographic Studies, with expertise in coupled global and regional physical-biogeochemical modeling and performing the assimilation of satellite ocean color products into these models. A key focus of the work is to lead and conduct studies of hypothesis-driven research and will extend model capabilities through assimilation of satellite-derived ocean color products beyond the traditional chlorophyll retrievals. The work involves leading, planning, and developing sensitivity analyses designed to drive improvements in the ocean color products and to facilitate the development of new products. This is a research position, research includes, but is not limited to:  determining the nature, magnitude, and interrelationships of physical, chemical, biological, and other comparable ocean phenomena and processes; to create or develop empirical, theoretical, or experimental means of investigating such phenomena and processes. You will extend knowledge to global and regional biogeochemical processes; you will contribute inventions, new instrumentation, measurement techniques and algorithms that are of material significance in deriving and verifying remote sensing calibration and validity; you will originate and establish unique methods and applications that provide innovative solutions to complex oceanographic scientific issues. You will lead or participate in ensuring the effective performance of research investigations and assignments. Research results will be published in technical reports, journal articles, or requirements documents and presented at scientific conferences and seminars. Responsibilities also include developing and evaluating research proposals and serving as an authoritative source of consultation for other scientists and program specialists.

Specialized Experience:

At the GS-13 level – Specialized experience is defined as performing research of coupled global and regional physical-biogeochemical modeling; and performing assimilation of satellite ocean color products into these models.

At the GS-14 level – Specialized experience is defined as leading other researchers and performing research of coupled global and regional physical-biogeochemical modeling; and performing assimilation of satellite ocean color products into these models.”

All applications should be made through USA Jobs. See full announcement for further details.

20 March 2017: Researcher (PhD) to develop a statistical cyanobacteria bloom model, Netherlands

Date posted: 20 March, 2017

Innovative researcher (PhD) to develop a statistical cyanobacteria bloom model

Water Insight B.V. is looking for a highly skilled professional to develop a statistical model forecasting potentially harmful cyanobacteria blooms.

Do you have a PhD in optical remote sensing, or in aquatic ecology? Do you have proven skills in statistical modelling, and an interest in cyanobacteria growth and optical remote sensing of water quality? We have a nice opportunity for you!
You will get the chance to work abroad for one year in a very innovative commercial environment, develop yourself in business innovation and with a tailored training program, and meanwhile work on a model to forecast potentially harmful blooms in lakes.

Job description

Cyanobacteria blooms are an increasing problem in inland waters, especially because they can produce toxins that are harmful for the ecosystem and humans. Due to the smell and potential toxicity they also have a negative effect on e.g. the tourist industry. A fully operational, early warning system for forecasting cyanobacterial surface scums can help water managers in quick decision making and mitigation of blooms, risks to health and costs. However, common forecasting models are complex, they require detailed input parameters, a long processing time and still often have a relatively large uncertainty, especially in small inland waters where cyanobacteria communities are often very dynamic. Therefore, the objective of the project – INNO-CYANO – is to develop an innovative, data-driven statistical model to provide fast forecasts of cyanobacteria blooms, especially scums.
Water Insight has an extensive dataset available from previous projects. Your task will be to develop a statistical model, that is driven by our optical in situ measurement data of the last days, i.e. chlorophyll a, transparency and phycocyanin, optical satellite imagery and weather forecast. The model will be tested in hindcast mode on independent near-real time available datasets of in situ measurements and processed satellite data, and laboratory measurements provided by users. If the forecasts are proven to be sensible, the model will directly be incorporated into existing services and in the commercial portfolio by the IT department. You will be project manager of this complete development project.

Who are you?

You have a PhD in either optical remote sensing and a great interest in cyanobacteria, or you have a PhD in aquatic ecology, and great interest in optical remote sensing. You have proven skills in statistical modelling; experience with in situ (optical) methods and programming skills are a pre.
You are an EU citizen and you are willing to move to the Netherlands for one year; candidates who lived in the Netherlands within the last year are not eligible.
You are used to work independently, take initiative, and lead (your own) projects.

Who are we?

Water Insight B.V (www.waterinsight.nl) is a small, innovative company (SME). Our expertise is to retrieve water quality information from satellite data, and to develop optical in situ instruments. We have national and international customers, such as water managers and the aquaculture sector. We are involved in several collaborative EU projects.

What will you get?

You will have the chance to get an insight in the practice of a commercial company, meet with the customers of the products you help to develop. You get courses in business innovation and can develop yourself with tailored training program, for example in Python coding.

Job details

Contract Duration under the H2020 SME Innovation Associate Grant: 12 months

Type of contract: Full time (40 hours per week)

Envisaged starting date: 1st September 2017

Gross salary: depending on your experience maximum € 3200  + 8% holiday + 2% end-of-year

Other benefits: pension € 190, social security (20%) €640 and insurances €117

Re-allocation costs: real costs at the beginning and at the end of the 12-month period, up to a maximum of € 5000

According to the rules of the funding schema you should be an EU citizen. Candidates who lived in the Netherlands within the last year are not eligible.


How to apply: please send your motivation and CV to: info@waterinsight.nl

Evaluation of applications will start on April 1st, the position will be open until a suitable candidate has been found.

21 February 2017: Junior ocean colour remote sensing scientist, EUMETSAT, Germany

Date posted: 21 February, 2017

Junior Ocean Colour Remote Sensing Scientist

Are you a recent graduate looking to build your future career in the space industry? If so, don’t miss this opportunity! Join Europe’s Meteorological Satellite Agency (EUMETSAT) as part of the Early Career Programme (ECP). The ECP offers you the unique chance to realise your potential in a high-tech international environment. Guided by highly experienced managers and mentors, you will secure your future with us.

As Junior Ocean Colour Remote Sensing Scientist you will learn about a range of scientific techniques and procedures. You will support the development of new ocean colour algorithms, conduct routine performance analyses of the current Sentinel-3 Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI) and assist with the deployment of new algorithms into operations.

Along with a university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, you should ideally have skills/experience in each of the following:

  • Up to 3 years work experience, with a strong motivation to develop towards a professional career in the area of ocean colour remote sensing.
  • Good theoretical knowledge of instrument processing algorithms, in particular ocean colour and related parameter algorithms.
  • Familiarity with Python, IDL, and/or MATLAB
  • Experience of working in a UNIX environment and with a scientifically-oriented coding language (C/C++,Fortran)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to work to tight deadlines in a dynamic environment, and strengths in analysis, synthesis and presentation of complex problems and solutions

To apply you must be a EUMETSAT member state national with a good working knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written. A knowledge of French would be considered advantageous.

Candidates need to visit https://onlineapplication.eumetsat.int to apply, the job ref no is VN 17/02 and the close date is 19/03/17.

10 February 2017: Postdoctoral scholar in ocean color research and applications, University of South Florida, USA

Date posted: 10 February, 2017

The Optical Oceanography Lab of the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida (USF) is offering a 2-year Postdoctoral Scholar position in the field of coastal ocean color research and applications. We are seeking an outstanding scientist with a recent doctorate in marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related field to work on Federal and state funded projects.

Minimum: Doctoral degree in marine science, remote sensing, or closely related field. Strong programming skills and willingness to work with interdisciplinary research teams are required.

Preferred: The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in scholarly productivity in either field research, atmospheric correction, bio-optical inversion, or inter-disciplinary science. The successful candidate is expected to make significant improvements in remote sensing algorithms to assess algal blooms, optical water quality, and biogeochemical properties in coastal and inland waters. The successful candidate is also expected to derive customized and validated data products and apply these products in addressing inter-disciplinary Earth Science questions.

The position is available immediately, and the 2-year appointment can be extended, contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. Salary is commensurable with experience.

The College of Marine Science at USF is a rapidly expanding group spanning all of the major marine science disciplines. We encourage interested applicants to review our research programs by visiting our web site at: www.marine.usf.edu. For information regarding the available position, please contact Dr. Chuanmin Hu, Professor of Oceanography, 727-553-3987, huc@usf.edu. More information about the OOL can be found at optics.marine.usf.edu.

Apply online at https://gems.fastmail.usf.edu:4440/psp/gemspro-tam/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=12337&PostingSeq=1

Please submit a statement of research interests, a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three referees, no later than 1 April 2017 although the position will remain open until filled. For disability accommodations, please call (727) 553-3942 at least five (5) working days in advance of need.

USF is an EO/EA/AA Institution

10 February 2017: 3 year PhD, CNES, France

Date posted: 10 February, 2017

PhD advisor: Hubert Loisel (at LOG)

Grant from CNES https://cnes.fr/en/web/CNES-en/10685-st-doctoral-grants.php and ACRI

Duration: 3 years (starting date the 1 of September 2017)

Application: should be completed by March 31st

Although intense algorithms development, dedicated to the assessment of different biogeochemical quantities essentials to the understanding of the oceanic carbon cycle (such as chlorophyll, phytoplankton groups, particulate organic and inorganic carbon), no method currently exists for the estimation of the Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) in the open ocean, the largest carbon pool of organic origin. This is mainly due to the fact that only a small fraction (10%) of the DOC is colored and therefore potentially exploitable for the estimation of DOC. Researches on the estimation of DOC from space are limited to coastal waters (Vantrepotte et al., 2015 and references therein). Several studies have also shown DOC estimates from in situ measurements (Hung et al., 2000, Vlahos et al., 2002, Hung et al., 2003, Johannessen et al., 2008). However, global knowledge of the quantity of DOC is important because DOC is related to primary production (about 20% Marañón et al., 2004). In addition, DOC accounted for up to 70% of the microbial loop resources (Peterson, 1984).

The objective of the PhD is to develop an algorithm to estimate dissolved organic carbon (DOC) over open ocean waters using a temporal approach (i. e. taking into account the past and present history of the water mass ). After the development and validation phases, the second step will consist into the application of this algorithm to the ocean color remote sensing archives established in the frame of GlobColour (Fusion of MODIS, SeaWiFS, MERIS, VIIRS, OLCI, from 1997 to now) and CCI. The spatio-temporal patterns of DOC will then be studied with regard to the physical forcing (MLD, PAR) at global scale. The information obtained on the DOC stocks and their dynamics over the open ocean will be compared with the results obtained recently over the coastal ocean (GlobCoast project) in order to obtain an overview of this major component of the carbon cycle in the oceans.

For more information, please contact  hubert.loisel@univ-littoral.fr

2 February 2017: Post-Doc in Remote Sensing, at KOPRI (Korea Polar Research Institute)

Date posted: 2 February, 2017

Open until: Until filled

Location: Incheon, The Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Start date:  Available immediately (start date negotiable)

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Appointment term:  Initially 1 year, annually renewable for up to 4 total years upon performance review and availability of funds

Salary:  From $47,000 (57,000,000 KRW) a year, depending on qualifications and experience. Insurance and retirement allowance are included.

The Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI, http://eng.kopri.re.kr) is looking for a highly motivated a postdoctoral scientist with excellent (polar) remote sensing. The successful candidate will work on cryosphere and ocean on polar region (ocean, land, atmosphere) using remote sensing data/techniques, and will be primarily responsible for:

  • Developing remote sensing techniques
  • Environmental change (long- or short-term)
  • Sensor development for UAV
  • Polar region field observation (Ice breaker, ice camp, etc.)
  • English writing (articles, reports, research proposals, etc.)

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

Education/Technical expertise:

  1. PhD. degree in Geoscience, Oceanography, Computer Sciences, Statistics, Engineering, Applied Math, or a similar field.
  2. Multi-year advanced level programming experience (C, C++, Python, Matlab, IDL, etc).
  3. Experience in developing image processing, pattern recognition, statistical analysis, microwave signal processing, time series analysis algorithms for remote sensing.
  4. Formal training and solid theoretical understanding of the following concepts:
  • Environmental (Land, Ocean, Atmosphere) remote sensing
  • Microwave remote sensing
  • Multivariate statistical analysis
  • Machine learning and statistical pattern recognition
  • Geographic Information System

Inter-personal characteristics:

  1. Great dedication to the project success; willingness and ability to work in the polar regions; ability to frequently switch different tasks.
  2. Communication skills (both written and spoken) in English language.
  3. Ability to work independently and in a multi-disciplinary team.

Applications should be sent by email and include the following “five” items:

  • Cover Letter (1 page) which must specifically address the applicant’s qualifications with respect to the above items.
  • Curriculum Vita including list of publications.
  • Copy of publications (Ph.D thesis, and articles etc.).
  • Statement of career/research interests and goals (1-2 pages).
  • Contact information for at least two professional references and one letter of reference.

Please email your applications materials to:

Hyun-Cheol Kim, kimhc@kopri.re.kr (with cc: chulin28@gmail.com) with the title: “Postdoc in Remote Sensing: your family name”

Please note that due to high volume of applications we may not be able to contact every applicant. Selected candidates may be contacted to arrange a telephone or an in-person interview.

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