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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

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

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.

20 January 2017: Scientific Programmer/Analyst

Scientific Programmer/Analyst to support the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA Goddard

SAIC has an opening for an experienced Scientific Programmer/Analyst to support the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  This position will support scientific software development and evaluation of processing algorithms for current and future satellite ocean color missions.  The successful candidate must be eligible for unrestricted access to NASA facilities.

To view the detailed position description and qualifications and apply for this position, please visit the SAIC Careers Site: http://www.saic.com/about/careers and enter Job ID 424603.

19 January 2017: Assistant Professor in Benthic Ecology or Biogeochemical Modeling

 Assistant Professor in Benthic Ecology or Biogeochemical Modeling

The Department of Marine Sciences (DMS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) anticipates an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Benthic Ecology or Biogeochemical Modeling starting in Fall 2017.

The successful candidate’s research should complement the existing research programs in DMS. Opportunities exist for collaboration within the interdisciplinary environment of DMS, as well as with colleagues in other departments at UConn. Teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses that support the DMS curriculum, as well as specialized courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

For full detail and how to apply see the announcement.

17 January 2017: 2-year Postdoctoral position Location: University of Nantes, France

2-year postdoc: coupling Ocean colour satellite remote sensing and Shellfish modelling

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with experience in ocean colour remote sensing (OCRS) to join the European H2020 funded project TAPAS (Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability). The TAPAS project (http://tapas-h2020.eu/), led by the University of Stirling (UoS), will create cost-efficient management tools and practices for the European aquaculture sector to investigate the limits to fish and shellfish farming activities in location, social interactions, potential environmental impacts and any future risks. With concerns around sustainability of food security continuing to rise, a team of European aquaculture experts have begun a four-year study worth almost €7 million to establish new strategies and models for sustainable growth in the industry. The TAPAS project will specifically address coastal and offshore aquaculture segments, operating from regional ecosystem scale to pan-European scale. Existing approaches to combine OC RS with shellfish and ecosystem modelling will be developed and implemented in the TAPAS toolbox for the environmental sustainability of aquaculture.

The main objectives of the postdoc will be to process a large database of OC RS data. Satellite data will be coupled with shellfish models with to analyse the potential of off-shore shellfish farming over a wide range of spatial scales, from a single mudflat ecosystem case study to the whole European western coastal ocean.

The candidate should have a solid background and a good publications record in at least one of the following fields: marine optics, ocean colour remote sensing, numerical ecology, shellfish ecophysiology, and coastal oceanography. Large datasets from RS and ERSEM will be coupled with shellfish models, and the candidate should show a keen interest and environmental and biological time-series data. Experience in the processing and interpretation of satellite data is required. Working experience in inter-disciplinary teams is required. The postdoc will work at the University of Nantes (France) under the direction of Dr. Pierre Gernez (http://www.univ-nantes.fr/gernez-p) and Prof. Laurent Barillé (http://www.univnantes.fr/barille-l) in collaborations with other participants of the TAPAS project including researcher from the UoS, DHI, and PML. Informal enquiries may be made to Pierre Gernez (pierre.gernez@univ-nantes.fr) and Laurent Barillé (laurent.barille@univ nantes.fr). The deadline for the receipt of applications is the 28 February 2017. The position will start in spring 2017. The basic salary (2250 Euros net per month) could be negotiated depending on experience. The salary will include full health insurance and social benefits.

See announcement  for full details.

12 January 2017: Sentinel-3 Optical Sensor Calibration Expert

EUMETSAT has an opportunity for a consultant to provide scientific support for the optical sensors on Sentinel-3. This work will focus on the characterization, calibration and validation of Level-1 data (radiances) from the Ocean and Land Colour Imager (OLCI) and Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) instruments. The consultant will work at EUMETSAT Headquarters, located in Darmstadt, Germany. The deadline for applications is 10 February 2017.

The following consortia can be contacted for further information and how to apply through Copernicus Frame Contracts:

Scisys : arndt.hinueber@scisys.de

Telspazio VEGA: Ferran.Molinero@telespazio-vega.de

CGI: asha.parmar@cgi.com / Daniel.m.novak@cgi.com

Atg: frank.jorritsma@atg-europe.com

Gmv: aperez@gmv.com

8 December 2016: Research Analyst/Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA GSFC, USA

Position: Research Analyst/Postdoctoral Researcher

Location: NASA GSFC

Date Posted: 8 December 2016

Closing Date: open until filled

Job Description

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers – on schedule and within budget.

 The Terrestrial Information Systems Lab (619) and the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (616) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) are seeking a research analyst or a postdoctoral candidate to support the activities associated with the intercalibration of optical systems over open seas and snowfields. The research focus is on the intercomparisons of moderate resolution images (i.e., Landsat and Sentinel-2) and relatively coarse resolution products derived from VIIRS, MODIS, and OLCI. The intercalibration and interconsistency analyses are carried out to better understand the discrepancies in downstream Earth science products for coastal/inland waters and for cryosphere.

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developments and modifications of intercalibration procedures for the calibrated top-of-atmosphere radiance/reflectance products as well as for the radiometric products near the Earth surface (e.g., remote sensing reflectance).
  • Develop tools for automated interconsistency analysis of observations in a near-real time manner. The goal of this project is to provide seamless Level-2 products across different scales.

Required Skills

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Experience with multispectral imagery and image processing.
  • Knowledge of atmospheric radiative transfer, computer programming, and data analysis skills.
  • The incumbent is expected to publish results and attend relevant conferences.
  • Familairity with ocean color processing and the relevant products is a plus.

Applicants should apply to the posting at https://usracareers.silkroad.com/ and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita and contact information for three references.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Additional information on USRA can be found at www.usra.edu .

 USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Position Type


7 December 2016: R&D PROFESSIONAL REMOTE SENSING, Antwerp, Belgium

Location: VITO, Antwerp, Belgium
Date Posted: 7 December 2016

The remote sensing unit of VITO is looking for an engineer or scientist to join our service-oriented R&D team.

  • You will contribute to  the development of Remote Sensing products for water and coastal applications.
  • As a member of the applications team you will mainly contribute to the development of new  remote sensing products in the field of water and coastal monitoring. This means that you will develop and improve algorithms for water quality retrieval including algorithms for cloud detection, atmospheric correction, derived water products and  time series analysis.
  • You will work closely together with the IT team in order to develop operational processing chains for water quality retrieval.
  • You will regularly visit clients to  discuss their needs and receive feedback on the products, both institutional and commercial clients.
  • You will set up new collaborations with universities, governmental institutions and private companies.
  • You will publish your research in peer-reviewed journals , as well as in more common media.
  • You will assist in the writing of proposals, and you should be able to move from assistance to coordination of proposal writing in a short time.


  • You have a master degree in science or engineering. A degree in marine sciences could be an asset.
  • You have a few years (3 to 5 at least) working experience, preferably with a link to optical Remote Sensing.
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following domains is considered essential: atmospheric correction of remote sensing data, in-water optics and/or operational image processing.
  • You have sound programming experience in higher languages like R, IDL, Matlab.
  • You have a pragmatic, user-focused approach linking science to services and you have an eye for new opportunities.
  • You consider yourself as an entrepreneur and like to take initiative.
  • You have an open mind and you work solution oriented.
  • You have strong communication skills and the determination to achieve results. You find it easy to network  in international context.
  • You have strong organisational skills.
  • You work easily in a team and are equally capable of working independently.
  • You are highly motivated in initiating projects for clients in a national and international context. Given the international nature of this position, an excellent knowledge of English is essential.
  • A position in an eminent client-oriented organization, in the area of innovative technology research and science-backed consulting.
  • The opportunity to contribute to putting Flanders on the international map as active knowledge region and thus contribute to sustainable development.
  • An interesting salary package complete with extralegal benefits

Application: Please visit website to apply: https://vito.taleo.net/careersection/vito_careersection_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=16000038

21 Nov 2016: Web Systems Engineer, Ocean Biology Processing Group at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,Greenbelt, Maryland

SAIC has an opening for an experienced Web Systems Engineer to support the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  This position will develop and maintain highly responsive web-based systems for the browse visualization, data discovery, and distribution of the OBPG repositories of satellite-derived Earth science data sets.  The successful candidate must be eligible for unrestricted access to NASA facilities.

To view the detailed position description and qualifications and apply for this position, please visit the SAIC Careers Site: http://www.saic.com/about/careers and enter Job ID 423318.

27 October, 2016: Professor of Spatial Water Quality and Aquatic Systems - University of Twente, Netherlands

The position for Professor of Spatial Water Quality and Aquatic Systems is now open for application at the University of Twente, Netherlands . See https://www.utwente.nl/en/itc/professor-of-spatial-water-quality-and-aquatic-systems/.

The deadline for application is 7 November 2016.

The Department of Water Resources Professor of Spatial Water Quality and Aquatic Systems is now seeking to appoint a new Professor who will have a leading role in initiating, coordinating and executing research and education activities in quantitative earth observation of inland and coastal water systems, with a focus on spatial water quality and biogeochemical cycles and budgets.

The successful appointee will focus on the development and application of novel scientific methods and approaches in quantitative earth observation of water quality (retrieval of aquatic bio-geophysical parameters – with emphasis on biogeochemical cycles and budgets). It is also expected that s/he will develop applications in integrated river basin and delta management by linking water quality to water quantity and in monitoring pollution and environmental security. The professor will work closely with the chairman of the department, professors and staff members, graduate and postgraduate students of the WRS department.

21 October, 2016: CyanoLakes (Pty) Ltd Employment opportunity - Fixed-term contract. South Africa

Position: CyanoLakes (Pty) Ltd Fixed-term contract
Location: South Africa
Date Posted: 21 October 2016
Closing Date: open until filled


CyanoLakes (Pty) Ltd. is an award-winning [1] startup that uses space-based remote sensing, coupled with cutting-edge technology, to provide its customers with information to improve the health, safety and management of water resources around the globe. Our company vision is “to be a leading provider of operational services and value-added products to the commercial and public sector for water quality based on satellite earth observation, with global coverage and market reach, significantly increasing the use of earth observation derived information for water health, safety and management”[2] CyanoLakes (Pty) Ltd. was founded in 2015 by Dr. Mark Matthews with a vision to substantially increase the use of earth observation in peoples daily lives to reduce the risks posed by cyanobacteria blooms in water bodies. CyanoLakes has received international recognition for its business idea, and is currently funded by the Water Research Commission on several projects deemed of strategic national significance in the Republic of South Africa.

Job description
CyanoLakes is looking for a postdoctoral level graduate with expertise in earth observations (ocean colour and remote sensing). This will be an opportunity to work in a dynamic work environment with an award-winning startup SME.

The employee will need to be confirmable and competent in engaging customers and clients to adequately understand their requirements; be competent to assist in the further development of ocean colour products and algorithms; have a proven track record of competency in programming languages specifically Python; have knowhow in algorithm validation protocols and field work; be an innovative, independent thinker through clear evidence of research output; be comfortable with international travel; and competent in project management tasks, including communication activities, where necessary.

The candidate will be given opportunities for career development including for academic publishing, student supervision, to develop a work portfolio around their own aligned research interests.

The candidate should be able to work independently with the opportunity to work flexible hours and remotely. The location of the employment is Cape Town, South Africa. The candidate must have either a working visa or permanent residence in the Republic of South Africa: no relocation expenses will be considered. The candidate must have native or equivalent fluency in the English language.

The full-time contract is fixed at 21 months with remuneration in line with experience, and subject to the terms and conditions of the contract of employment.

How to apply

Please send your CV and LinkedIn (if applicable) profile showing qualifications and experience, with at least two contactable references to applications@cyanolakes.com before 15 November 2016.

17 August 2016: Post-doctoral Researcher (Southern Ocean Bio-optics and Ocean Colour) - CSIR, Cape Town, South Africa

Position: Post-doctoral Researcher (Southern Ocean Bio-optics and Ocean Colour)
Location: CSIR, Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted: 17 August 2016
Closing Date: 30 September 2016

About the job:

The CSIR has a vacancy for Postdoctoral Researcher in the Ocean Systems and Climate research group in the Natural Resource and Environment Unit. The incubent will assist in the development of ocean colour algorithms in the Southern Ocean by developing and apply emerging techniques using bio-optical observations to derive information from ocean colour that will allow new insight into Southern Ocean ecosystem function. The post-doctorate research will align with the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO); a multi-institutional South African initiative whose aims are to understand the link between climate and the carbon cycle in the Southern Ocean. This position is based at Rosebank, Cape Town.

About the unit:

The Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) unit of the CSIR provides national, provincial and local government, and, to a lesser extent, the private sector in South Africa with science-based insights and solutions for addressing risks associated with the changing natural environment and the consumption of natural resources. The CSIR, as a national statutory organisation, addresses pressing environmental issues that extend beyond local or national scales, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, invasive alien species, regional water resources and air pollution. The work of the NRE includes modelling climate futures and variability at various scales for different sectors; maintaining the quality and quantity of water resources; defining and mitigating environmental risks on land and in the coastal environment; designing and demonstrating engineered ecosystem solutions such as artificial wetlands; improving the ecosystem function of degraded landscapes; and unlocking green economy growth with a focus on the waste and biomass sectors.

Key responsibilities:

  • Collect and analyse unique data set of optical, bio-optical and biogeochemical parameters from the multi disciplinary and multi national Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE)
  • Initiate further independent research within the strategic objectives of the current programme.
  • Supervise or co-supervise PhD/MSc of students.
  • Lead, assist and supervise field data collection and further strategic development.
  • Contribute to the writing of numerous reviewed journal publications, of which the successful candidate would be expected to be the lead author of at least two.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A Doctoral degree in the bio-optical field
  • Preferred one year of relevant experience of acquiring and processing bio-optical and ocean colour data.
  • Willing and able to work for extended periods on research vessels at sea (Antarctica, local and international waters)

Should you meet the above requirements, please email your CV to jobapplications@csir.co.za with your name and surname, position title and reference number in the subject line, (e.g. John Smith: Job title: Post-Doctoral Researcher: Reference No: 307103). 

Closing date: 30 September 2016


For more info, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre on 012 841 4774 or email us at:Recruitmentinfo@csir.co.za

The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer; as such committed to the Employment Equity Act of 1998 By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history. The CSIR reserves the right to remove the advertisement at any time before the stated closing date and it further reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable can candidate is not identified.

30 August 2016: Senior (or tenure track) position in Marine Optics & Remote Sensing - Royal NIOZ-Texel, Netherlands

Position: Senior (or tenure track) position in Marine Optics & Remote Sensing
Location: Royal NIOZ-Texel, Netherlands
Date Posted: 30 August 2016
Vacancy ID: 2016-64
Closing Date: 30 September 2016

The department of Coastal Systems (COS, department chair: Dr. ir. H.W. van der Veer) is looking for a senior scientist specialized in Marine Optics and Remote Sensing with an excellent track record reflecting pioneering marine research, due to retirement of the present staff member.

The Vacancy

The position is a continuation of research on marine optics at the department replacing the present senior scientist, Dr. Marcel R. Wernand, who will be retiring in 2018. In cooperation with him, the candidate will become responsible for ongoing projects, including in house projects focusing on Wadden Sea productivity and international projects such as “Coastal Ocean Darkening” by an interdisciplinary consortium consisting of marine physicists, biologists and coastal sea modellers lead by the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Sea (ICBM), University of Oldenburg.

In the position it is expected to establish and sustain an innovative and externally funded research program in marine optics and remote sensing, complementary to existing research.

Start-up packages include a 4 year PhD position and limited start-up funds, financed from the collaborative research program with Utrecht University. Dedicated technicians are available for assistance.

The Candidate

We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated candidate holding a PhD in earth or environmental sciences or a closely related subject, with a marine focus and practical experience in bio-optical (long-term) studies. She or he is familiar with marine-optics, state-of-the-art equipment like hyperspectral sensors for inherent and/or apparent optical properties and has experience with dedicated ocean colour satellite information. Successful candidates will be expected to establish and sustain an innovative and externally funded research program in their research field.

Please see the full announcement for further details of this position and how to apply.

30 August 2016: Postdoctoral Fellow in Aquatic Remote Sensing - University of Maryland / NASA GSFC

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Aquatic Remote Sensing
Location: University of Maryland / NASA GSFC
Date Posted: 30 August 2016
Closing Date: open until filled


We are seeking applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a NASA-funded project. The potential applicant has a strong background in remote sensing and is an expert in ocean color processing (e.g., atmospheric correction) and semi-analytical 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 Arctic coastal waters. The successful applicant is expected to be fluent in one/two programming language(s) (e.g., IDL/Python/C++). The incumbent is expected to be willing to contribute to the field of remote sensing of aquatic science in the form of presentations at scientific conferences and/or peer-review publications.

This is a one-year term but may be extended up to three 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.

US citizens/residents/work-permit holders are preferred.

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

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