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Optics Research Assistant for NASA’s Ocean Ecology Lab
Reference #: 21-3005
Open Date: 1/20/2021
Location: Greenbelt, MD
US Citizenship Required: No
Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is hiring an Optics Research Assistant to support the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (OEL) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the quality assurance and quality control of oceanographic optical measurements including the collection, processing, and evaluation of measurements of apparent and inherent optical properties.
The Ocean Ecology Laboratory (OEL) performs the core functions to ensure the quality of ocean color satellite data products. Ensuring the quality of NASA’s multi-mission ocean color satellite data products and developing, refining, and evaluating the associated algorithms requires a substantial volume of high-quality field data. The SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS; http://seabass.gsfc.nasa.gov) currently provides the community-standard repository for these field measurements. With the upcoming Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem mission (https://pace.gsfc.nasa.gov/) launching in 2023, NASA will embark upon a new era of unprecedented global ocean and atmospheric satellite data products. PACE will be capable of performing radiometric and polarimetric ocean and atmosphere surveys, returning a range of biogeophysical data from which properties of the ocean and atmosphere can be produced to add to other critical climate and Earth system variables. With advanced global remote sensing capabilities, PACE’s high-quality observations will enable advanced understanding of delicate ocean ecosystems, understanding of vulnerable coastal regions, quantification of the ocean carbon cycling, unparalleled characterization of ecosystem change and function, improved characterization of clouds, aerosol properties, air and water quality, and cross-disciplinary studies of atmospheric, terrestrial, and aquatic processes and interactions.
For further details and how to apply, see the position announcement at: https://ssaihq.com/employment/Careers.aspx?req=21-3005&type=JOBDESCR
Postdoctoral Fellow (Ocean Modeller) – Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi (UAE)
We are seeking an outstanding scientist who can apply well-developed skills in physical oceanography and numerical modeling to address issues in coastal and shelf-scale oceanography related to system connectivity, productivity and spatial-temporal dynamics. The successful candidate will be based at Masdar Institute Campus, Abu Dhabi (UAE), part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The role of this position will be to define and initiate research into shelf-ocean interactions and coastal and shelf processes in Arabian Seas and Gulfs, especially the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The successful candidate will focus on improving the understanding of ocean circulation and the transport and fate of waterborne materials, and will also work closely with ocean color scientists in our group to observe and forecast adverse events in the marine environment, such as red tide, oil spills, and interpret the underlying mechanisms.
For more information about this position, and how to apply, see the announcement.
For queries please contact: email@example.com
Post-doc/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 Post-doc/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 a 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 development of advanced algorithms for the retrieval of water properties, particle characteristics from polarimetric and hyperspectral data for the PACE mission, data analysis for OC (MODIS, VIIRS, OLCI) and high spatial resolution (Landsat-8 OLI and Sentinel-2 MSI) satellite sensors, AERONET-OC, field experiments from the ships, ocean platforms and helicopters with the state of the art multi- and hyperspectral imagers in un-polarized and polarized modes and other sophisticated optical instruments, characterization of the ocean-atmosphere interface 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 Physics, 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 research team.
Salary: commensurate with experience.
Please send application and CV to:
Prof. Alexander Gilerson
Electrical Engineering Department
City College of New York (CUNY)
For more information please see: http://oceans.ccny.cuny.edu/agilerson/
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ocean Optics
The Dierssen Coastal Ocean Lab for Optics and Remote Sensing (COLORS) in the Department of the Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral research position. The candidate will evaluate hyperspectral algorithms for differentiating phytoplankton groups in Antarctic Peninsula waters and apply approaches to existing airborne PRISM imagery of the region as a proof-of-concept for future global hyperspectral missions like PACE and SBG. The candidate will work in conjunction with international team involved with the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research Project and the Drake Passage Time-series and consider their research within the context of air-sea carbon flux, sea ice and mixed layer dynamics in a changing climate.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Compile and analyze pigment and optical data collected in conjunction with the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research Project.
- Become familiar with different techniques for using hyperspectral reflectance to estimate pigment composition and associated phytoplankton groups.
- Evaluate model performance using existing observational data.
- Apply algorithms to existing airborne hyperspectral imagery from PRISM and other comparable or simulated imagery for the region.
- Interact with the interdisciplinary team of researchers to explore hypotheses related to carbon dynamics and phytoplankton groups.
- Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present results at national and international conferences.
- Doctoral degree in a marine science, physics, biology, geography or related discipline expected by start date in winter or spring 2021.
- Experience in ocean optics and/or remote sensing;
- Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment;
- Publications related to the minimum qualifications;
- Ability to pursue research independently.
- Familiarity with phytoplankton pigments and optical properties of phytoplankton
- Programming skills with preferred experience in inverse modeling and machine learning techniques
- Experience conducting aquatic remote sensing of phytoplankton groups, inherent optical properties, or water quality parameters;
- Experience with manipulating large datasets and imagery;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Appointment terms and conditions: The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. Salary and benefits are competitive.
Please upload a 1-2 page statement of research interests outlining your qualifications for the position, a current CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Information about the laboratory can be found at http://colors.uconn.edu. It is preferred that applications be received by January 15, 2021.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on February 1, 2021.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
Software Engineer at NASA/GSFC
SAIC has an opening for an experienced software engineer to support the Ocean Biology Distributed Active Archive Center (OBDAAC) 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 Earth remote sensing satellite instruments. 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://jobs.saic.com/ and enter Job ID 2018202.
PhD Studentship: A tale of two lagoons: Determining the drivers and trajectories of change for the Venice (Italy) and Razelm-Sinoe (Danube-Delta, Romania) lagoons through Earth observation and modelling
To develop a better understanding and implement better management strategies of complex lagoon ecosystems, this PhD brings together state of the art Earth observation (EO) capability building on ESA’s sentinel programme to validate cutting edge hydrodynamic modelling. Together these will allow lagoon systems to be modelled to assess impacts on both past, present and future management scenarios to be evaluated in 3D space and time.
The application deadline is Friday 8th January 2021 at 5pm. Further enquiries contact: Prof Andrew Tyler: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information and how to apply see: https://www.iapetus2.ac.uk/studentships/a-tale-of-two-lagoons-determining-the-drivers-and-trajectories-of-change-for-the-venice-italy-and-razelm-sinoe-danube-delta-romania-lagoons-through-earth-observation-and-modelling/
PhD Studentship: Water, Climate and Development: Google Earth Engine for Water Resources
This PhD will bring together Earth observation, GEE processing and data analytics.
Earth observation: The applicant will develop or optimise algorithms for the retrieval of water quality (focusing initially on chlorophyll-a) and water quantity parameters in water bodies identified by GEO Aquawatch and World Bank Group. Algorithm development will be based on optical water type frameworks (Spyrakos et al. 2018) or/and data driven approaches (Spyrakos et al. 2011). Ground data, for the development and validation of the models in these water systems, will be provided by initiatives led by USTIR such as Limnades (https://limnades.stir.ac.uk/Limnades_login/index.php) and Aquawatch (https://www.geoaquawatch.org/). Both Sentinel 2 and LandSat satellites will be exploited to retrieve water constituents. Simulated (Hydrolight) spectra will also be generated to fill gaps in the in situ data record, to contribute to algorithm development and uncertainty characterisation.
GEE: GEE will be used to process large volume of remotely sense data. These will include water quality and quantity parameters but also available data of land cover, catchment and climatic variables. GEE will make it easier to build inventories with high spatial and temporal resolutions, since processing of the often large remote sensing data can be performed in the cloud. It also allows for reanalysis of the data to build climatology.
Data analytics: Innovative tools in environmental data analytics including functional data analysis will be investigated and applied for temporal trend (O’Donnel et al., 2015) and climatology. These data analytics approaches will be applied (and developed) in the R software environment. Non-parametric time series analysis will be used to identify the presence and strength of key underlying long-term patterns in the EO data. Where relevant this analysis will be developed to account for autocorrelation, identify change points and explore patterns beyond the mean, modelling quantiles to assess if changes over time are constant across all levels of the variables of interest.
For further information and how to apply see: https://www.iapetus2.ac.uk/studentships/water-climate-and-development-google-earth-engine-for-water-resources/
Full-Stack Geospatial Developer, Gybe (USA)
Position Summary and Responsibilities
As part of the product development and operations teams, you will help develop a scalable digital architecture that is capable of ingesting, storing, and near-real time processing of large geospatial datasets Specifically, this position will focus on managing and assimilating high spatial and spectral resolution raster image data from a variety of satellite, aerial, and ground-based sensor platforms.
Additionally, this position will be responsible for planning and implementing a flexible geospatial database solution and contribute to an interactive web-based geospatial data visualization and analytics platform.
An ideal candidate will have the ability to work both independently and as a member of a small team to formulate, implement, and assess data product features in a fast-moving start-up environment.
The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience with geospatial database solutions, is well versed in the fundamentals of optical satellite remote sensing, and has hands-on experience with web-based data visualization applications.
Familiarity with freshwater aquatic ecosystems as well as landscape-scale ecology, hydrology, and environmental monitoring concepts is a plus.
For more information, and how to apply see: https://www.gybe.eco/careers
Assistant/Associate/Full Research Professor in Engineering/Technology
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Ft. Pierce, FL is inviting applications at all professorial levels in the area of ocean engineering and technology. The successful applicant will develop and manage a research program concentrating on prototype development, testing, and scientific application in the field of marine optics. Associated technologies may involve optical sensing approaches for biogeochemical, optical, and physical oceanic properties, underwater and/or above water active and passive remote imaging systems, satellite remote sensing, hyperspectral imaging techniques, nonlinear optics for environmental sensing, lidar and other laser-based approaches, thermal imaging, compressive sensing, light-matter interactions for detection, underwater communication, bioluminescence detection, approaches for the active expression and detection of camouflage, and other applications related to marine optics. Responsibilities will include developing, enhancing and maintaining test equipment and facilities as necessary. Interest in these areas follows from the FAU strategic plan “Race to Excellence” and a new associated initiative on persistent surveillance in the marine environment.
Successful candidates at the Assistant Professor level are expected to establish a strong independent research program while successful candidates at the Associate or Full Professor level are expected to have a strong on-going record of scholarly research activity. All candidates are expected to demonstrate commitment to collaboration with the research groups within HBOI. Although the position has a core focus on research, formal teaching opportunities are also available. This position includes a start-up package and lab and office space.
FAU HBOI is one of the nation’s premier oceanographic centers, integrating all research at FAU that focuses on the research and management of ocean, estuaries and freshwater bodies. It is home to a research community of approximately 200 ocean scientists, staff and students that drive innovation in marine science and engineering, ocean optics, ocean dynamics and modeling, conservation of coral reefs, marine drug discovery, and studies of marine mammals and fisheries. More about FAU Harbor Branch and the institute can found at http://www.fau.edu/hboi/.
PhD in Ocean Engineering, Physical Optics, or closely related field from an accredited institution required at time of application.
Knowledge and experience in optical modeling and optical laboratory setup are essential.
Experience in developing and managing a successful research program is necessary for consideration at the Associate and Full Professor levels, nominally over time periods of 5 and 10 years of experience, respectively.
Strong public presentation and communication skills are required.
Must be motivated to work on highly interdisciplinary project teams.
Experience in optical payload development for autonomous deployments is preferred.
All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position Assistant/Associate/Full Research Professor in Engineering Technology on the Office of Human Resources’ job website (https://fau.edu/jobs) by completing the required online employment application and submitting the related documents. When completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, Statement of Research, at least three contacts for references/recommendations and copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format.
A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.
For more information and to apply, visit www.fau.edu/jobs and go to Apply Now REQ07446.
Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or other protected status. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.
FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service. All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.
Postdoc and a Graduate Student
We are seeking a postdoc and a graduate student to join an NSF funded, multi-institutional effort to study ocean carbon cycling in the North Atlantic Ocean using observations from biogeochemical profiling floats and satellites.
The postdoc position, based at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in conjunction with the MBARI Chemical Sensor Lab, has potential for 2.5 years of support. Please share the following job posting with anyone who may be interested in applying: https://www.mbari.org/nsf_funded_postdoctoral_fellowship/
A graduate student position is also available and will be based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Further information can be found here: https://mit.whoi.edu/admissions/research-opportunities/
PostDoc “Phytooptics” (m/f/d)
The tasks of the postdoc position are embedded within two third party funded projects (EnMAP CalVal Water, TypSynSat) related to the German satellite mission EnMAP. The position is based within the Phytooptics Group (section Physical Oceanography of the Polar Seas) which is lead by Prof. Dr. Astrid Bracher.
For more informationm, and how to apply see the job offer:
Shom is offering a Postdoctoral Position in Marine Science
Position length: 18 months
Start date: February 1st, 2021
Location: Brest 29200 (Europe/France/Brittany).
Presentation of the Agency:
Shom is the French national hydrographic service. It is appointed to collect and check all the information necessary to ensure maritime navigation’s safety. It is responsible for providing hydrographic and oceanographic support to the French Navy in measuring, describing and forecasting the maritime environment. Shom also supports maritime and coastal public policies by providing expertise in maritime limits and boundaries and integrated coastal management.
The appointee will participate to the project MELANGE 2020-2022. The acronym MELANGE stands for “Mesure en tEmps-réel des fLux sédimentAires en zoNe côtière à l’aide de GlidErs” which means “Real time measurements of sediment fluxes in coastal zones using gliders”. This project aims at developing operational in situ observation of currents and turbidity (water clarity) by using a glider equipped with acoustic and optical sensors. Within this project, Shom contributes to the data validation (of SeaBird OCR-504 and Nortek AD2CP payload sensors in particular) by comparison with satellite remote sensing of the ocean surface colours, and data obtained from CTD casts and moorings, fitted with similar optical and acoustical sensors.
Duties will include embarkations on oceanographic research vessels. Two sea surveys of about one week each are planned in this project MELANGE. The main area of study will be the Bay of Biscay. The appointee will also process the data acquired during these sea surveys, under the Shom supervisor’s direction. She/he will exploit the complementarity of in situ measurements, acquired from fixed or mobile platforms, satellite observations, and even outputs from hydrodynamic model simulations. The validation process will require statistics, signal processing or even using information science and technology. The appointee will participate in writing the project final report.
The main collaborations are located in France, in particular with ALSEAMAR and CentralWeb companies both located near Aix-en-Provence and Toulon respectively, and with the CEFREM institute located in Perpignan.
She/he is holding a PhD in marine geoscience with knowledge in computing, signal processing of oceanographic data, including experience in primary production, sediment transport and ocean colour remote sensing.
• Hydrodynamics, marine optics and satellite remote sensing of ocean colour,
• Statistics and signal processing of oceanographic data.
• Teamwork abilities,
• Responsive and dynamic.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter by email to “email@example.com” before November 15th, 2020. The reference of the post is: MELANGE_SEDIM
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Scientific Officer for the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG)
Applications are invited for the position of Scientific Officer for the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG, https://ioccg.org/). The IOCCG is an international scientific committee with representatives from national space agencies and the ocean colour (OC) community. The group aims to promote the application of remotely sensed OC satellite data (oceans and inland waters) through coordination, training, scientific working groups and liaison between space agencies and OC scientists via international science meetings, conferences and workshops. The activities of the IOCCG are supported by national space agencies and other organisations, and upon infrastructure support from the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).
For the first year, either part-time or full-time employment will be considered for this position, starting with a six-month probationary period, and transitioning into more permanent employment subject to demonstrated performance, as well as availability of funding from the sponsoring agencies. The starting date is flexible, but preferably early 2021. The IOCCG Project Office is currently hosted by the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada. The position will entail setting up a new IOCCG Project Office for the longer term. The Project Office should be associated with a university, research institute or other organisation, ideally with in-kind support from the organisation.
This is a unique opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual to provide coordination and communication services within the global ocean colour community, and to further develop their career in international programme management.
For further information and how to apply see: https://ioccg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ioccg-scientific-officer-position.pdf
Analyst for NOAA’s CoastWatch/OceanWatch Program, Honolulu, HI
The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) is currently recruiting an Analyst to work with NOAA’s CoastWatch/OceanWatch Program (https://coastwatch.noaa.gov/cw/index.html) who will be based at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s Ecosystem Sciences Division in Honolulu, HI. The Analyst will manage the OceanWatch satellite remote sensing datasets and will also have the opportunity to conduct original research for the creation of new and value-added oceanographic and climate products derived from satellite remotely sensed data and from atmosphere-ocean general circulation models. Developing, managing, and conducting OceanWatch outreach and education activities is also an important aspect of the position.
Primary qualifications include a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Oceanography, Marine Biology, Climate Science, or Mathematics and three to five (3-5) years of professional experience working with satellite remotely sensed oceanographic data or climate products to quantitatively derive information about biological physical or oceanographic phenomena. Desired (secondary) qualifications include a PhD from an accredited college or university in the fields noted above and knowledge of NOAA programs in remote sensing applied to oceanography, particularly the OceanWatch program.
DEADLINE: Please note the deadline to apply is October 15, 2020.
More information about applying to this position can be found by navigating to www.rcuh.com and clicking on “Job Postings” and Project Name “JIMAR” (position 220426). Please note applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
More information about the Ecosystem Science Division can be found at:
Environmental Intelligence Data Scientist – Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is looking for a data scientist to develop environmental intelligence applications using Earth Observation (EO) data and PML’s recently installed a new £1M 40-GPU cluster (MAGEO<https://www.neodaas.ac.uk/News/New_capability_for_developing_environmental_intell>) with 2PB of storage.
The postholder will work with UK scientists, applying machine learning and data science techniques to large EO datasets and will make use of the MAGEO system. They will tackle problems covering timeseries, image analysis and integration of data collected from multiple sources across diverse environmental science areas. Solutions to these problems will likely require technologies across the spectrum of machine learning, ranging from XGBoost and decision trees through to multilayer perceptron’s, large scale convolutional neural networks and recurrent neural networks. The work will be driven by end-user requirements and will depend on both well established and state-of-the-art approaches to deliver results and publications.
The appointments will be full time and open ended at Scientist grade. Please use this link to find out more: https://advanced.advorto.com/pml/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=21515
Optical measurements scientist/engineer (Masters-level) at Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) is recruiting a Masters-level scientist/engineer for optical measurements. Contract until December 2022 with possible extension if funding permits.
Closing date for applications: 16 October 2020, 12:00 BE time.
Full details at ftp://ftp.rbins.be/kevin/REMSEM2020_EN_v3.pdf.
Postdoctoral Investigator (m/f/d) in the area of Ocean Colour Remote Sensing
Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
Reference code: 2020/KO 6
Application deadline: September 30, 2020
At the Institute of Coastal Research, the department of “Remote Sensing” is investigating biogeochemical and -optical properties of seawater and their determination from satellite remote sensing with a focus on optically complex coastal waters. For these investigations, a unique set of instruments for the determination of hyperspectral absorption and scattering properties of water as well as algorithms for their estimation from Earth observations is developed and used.
We invite applications for a postdoctoral investigator position (m/f/d) in the area of Ocean Colour Remote Sensing. It is part of the recently funded project “PhytoDive” (Global Phytoplankton Diversity and Productivity in the Coastal Ocean) and it is the aim to better understand and estimate phytoplankton diversity and primary production on different spatial and temporal scales. The position is initially limited to three years.
Link to application wizard: https://jobs.hzg.de/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_applwizard?sap-wd-configId=ZHRRCF_A_APPLWIZARD¶m=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9MDA1MDU2QTU2RTMzMUVFQUI4QTk2NkEzRjk4QTAyRDAmY2FuZF90eXBlPQ%3d%3d&sap-client=002¶ms=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9MDA1MDU2QTU2RTMzMUVFQUI4QTk2NkEzRjk4QTAyRDA%3d#
PhD position (m/f/d) in the area of phytoplankton diversity and productivity
Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
Reference code: 50033334_2 – 2020/KO 7
Application deadline: October 4, 2020
We invite applications for a PhD position (m/f/d) in the area of phytoplankton diversity and productivity. The successful applicant will work in the recently funded project “PhytoDive”(Global Phytoplankton Diversity and Productivity in the Coastal Ocean) aiming to resolve species’ diversity and productivity of (harmful) phytoplankton blooms and their impact on (1) the carbon cycle in the coastal ocean and (2) food web dynamics. This research encompasses a multi-disciplinary approach including hyperspectral remote sensing as well as physical, biogeochemical and biological processes. A focus is on primary production and phytoplankton diversity estimates from ocean color satellites and autonomous FerryBoxes, as well as plankton and marine snow observations from high-resolution in-situ imaging at cabled underwater observatories. The combined observations across various spatial scales will be used as a link to higher trophic levels and particulate organic carbon flux and to resolve small- to mesoscale ocean dynamics.
We are looking for a qualified and motivated PhD student to complete the multifaceted project tasks of PhytoDive. The position is initially limited to three years. Anticipated starting date is January 1st, 2021.
Link to application wizard: https://jobs.hzg.de/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_applwizard?sap-wd-configId=ZHRRCF_A_APPLWIZARD¶m=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9MDA1MDU2QTU2RTMzMUVFQUJCQkI3MjUyRjI1RDAyRDAmY2FuZF90eXBlPQ%3d%3d&sap-client=002¶ms=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9MDA1MDU2QTU2RTMzMUVFQUJCQkI3MjUyRjI1RDAyRDA%3d#
Civil Servant position at The Ocean Ecology Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, MD., USA
The Ocean Ecology Laboratory is pleased to announce an open position for a research oceanographer. This is a permanent civil servant position at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland. The position is open only to USA citizens.
The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Development and implementation of ocean and atmospheric retrievals from the SPEXone (Spectro-Polarimeter for Planetary Exploration) and the HARP (Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter) that will be deployed in space as part of the PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission.
- Development and implementation of atmospheric correction protocols for processing of hyperspectral remote sensing data to be collected by the PACE mission.
- Lead and participate in research proposals in the fields of ocean and atmospheric remote sensing, ocean biology and biogeochemistry, atmospheric composition and modeling. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a portfolio of funded research.
- Lead and participate in the publication of research manuscripts.
- Assist in the development of future airborne and space missions.
For more details, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/575606700 . Applications must be submitted through USA JOBS.
Oceanographer, NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), USA
The NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) is recruiting an Oceanographer for its Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division (SOCD). This is a permanent Federal position, based in College Park, MD USA.
This position will be posted under the following Job Announcements at the USA JOBS website (https://www.usajobs.gov/):
NSDIS-STAR-2020-0009 (MAP; open to Federal Status Candidates)
NSDIS-STAR-2020-0010 (DE; open to all US Citizens or Nationals)
It will be open for 14 days, and is set to open on August 6, 2020 and close on August 19, 2020
As an Oceanographer, the individual selected for this position will perform the following duties:
- Serve as team/project lead and conduct research in satellite oceanographic remote sensing, and develops satellite oceanographic and climatological algorithms and data products in support of National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Environmental Satellite Date and Information Service (NESDIS) strategic missions.
- Collaborate and communicate satellite oceanographic research and satellite oceanographic data product initiatives with NOAA and external domestic and international partners through peer-reviewed publications, scientific committee membership, and scientific conference attendance.
- Conduct independent scientific research, including writing proposals, serve as task monitor for contract and grantee research staff, and publish and present research in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings.
- Coordinate end-to-end satellite ocean remote sensing research/development within NESDIS, across NOAA, execute NESDIS / The Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) Science and Technology road maps and research project plans.
- Collaborate with various (STAR) Science Teams in the proposals, evaluation, staging, testing, publication, documentation and transitioning of research to operations of satellite oceanographic data and data products consistent with NOAA’s mission goals and strategic plans.
Vacancy for a PhD candidate at Ghent University
Optical characterization and robotic monitoring of biogenic carbon particles in the upper ocean
For details of this position see: https://grietneukermans.weebly.com/vacancy.html
Postdoc position: “Satellite remote sensing of the footprint of wind farms in the North Sea”
The department of Estuarine & Delta Systems (EDS) of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Royal NIOZ) is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a PhD degree in earth observation, physical geography or civil engineering.
LOCATION: ROYAL NIOZ – LOCATION YERSEKE (ZEELAND)
VACANCY ID: 2020 – 36
CLOSING DATE: September 1st, 2020
To reduce CO2 emissions, the Netherlands is committed to an energy transition from using fossil fuels to renewable energy. As part of this transition, offshore wind farms are being build and planned on a large scale in the North Sea. To enable good governance of offshore wind energy generation, balancing economical aspects and the marine environment in a sustainable way, the effects of wind farms on the physical and ecological processes in the North Sea need to be understood.
So far, the spatial ecological footprint of large-scale wind farms is poorly understood. This relates in particular to the role of turbine foundations on turbidity, with potential impact on the under-water light climate, nutrient availability and primary production, and hence on the entire food web, and on the role of turbine foundations in providing hard substrate for filter-feeding animals, with effects on nutrient cycling.
This project aims to provide insight in these effects at multiple spatial scales, using a combination of field observations, remote sensing applications and numerical hydrodynamics-ecosystem models, as to allow optimization of the implementation of wind farms from an ecological, economical and governance perspective. The postdoc position will focus on the use of satellite remote sensing in this context.
You will apply optical satellite remote sensing to elucidate the spatial footprint of large-scale wind farms, focusing on the effect of wind turbines on turbulence and wake formation and hence, turbidity and sediment dynamics. You will retrieve suspended sediment concentrations from long, harmonized, time-series of satellite data. You will use these spatiotemporal data to investigate how turbidity levels vary depending on the configuration of the wind turbines, and how these change with time after construction of wind farms, and analyse effects as a function of wind/wave and tidal conditions and mixing processes, as well as the characteristics of the substrate and water depth. The results will provide direct information for management and will also be used as a validation data set for the modelling study in this project.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in earth observation, physical geography or civil engineering. The candidate should have a good understanding of remote sensing, preferably with expertise in water quality. Experience with handling satellite data and programming is a prerequisite. Candidates should be capable of planning and organizing their own work independently, and meet deadlines imposed by the project.
The candidate should be open and communicative, and keen on interacting with project partners in frontier-applied research. Excellent communication skills and good English oral and writing skills are demanded, as the candidate must publish the findings in scientific journals and effectively communicate results to users.
The candidate will be positioned at NIOZ, and work in a research team that involves, among other partners, NIOZ, Deltares and WMR.
Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for a fixed-term period of 1 year (fulltime). The salary is compliant to the CAO-OI (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes), a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus, and flexible work arrangements.
You may expect attractive secondary employment conditions. We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.
The position will be based at the NIOZ-Yerseke, which is at commuting distance of cities like Antwerpen, Breda, Middelburg and Vlissingen.
For additional information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. dr. Daphne van der Wal, research leader. For additional information about the procedure, please contact Sigrid Moerbeek, sr. HRM advisor.
Please visit the Department of Estuarine & Delta Systems (EDS) here.
Job interviews are foreseen for September 2020, in Yerseke or online. The starting date for this position is ± December 1st 2020.
Earth Observation Scientists – Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is looking for two versatile Earth Observation Scientists to work on international research and development projects in the Earth Observation science group. The posts are linked to on-going research projects and, following the end of these projects, there will be opportunities to contribute to additional research projects; develop research ideas and submit applications for future funding.
The appointments will be full time and open ended at Scientist grade. Candidates should possess a PhD or equivalent experience in Limnology, Oceanography, Earth Observation or a similar numerical field.
Please use this link to find out more: https://advanced.advorto.com/PML/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=21493
LISST Service Engineer / Service Manager / Service and Sales Engineer
Sequoia Scientific, Inc. in Bellevue, WA is looking for a part-time (20 hours/week) Service Engineer / Service Manager / Service and Sales Specialist to handle all LISST customer support and service requests. For the right person, in particular a person located on the US east coast working remotely, this position could be combined with a commission-based sales position to create a full-time position. If you have any queries please contact Ole Aarup Mikkelsen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more details and application see: https://www.linkedin.com/hiring/jobs/1905337403/detail/
Postdoc Position in kelp resilience to changing conditions across the British Columbia coast
Applications are being accepted for a Pacific Salmon Foundation Postdoctoral position at the University of Victoria, Department of Geography. The postdoc will be based in Victoria, Vancouver Island, and work under the supervision of Dr. Costa at UVic. The focus of the research is to quantify kelp resilience to changing conditions across the British Columbia coast, encompassing overlapping gradients at an appropriate scale to tease apart biological and climate drivers. The research is expected to address the following:
- Define spatiotemporal kelp resilience.Develop a spatiotemporal map of kelp extent based on (a) Contemporary (2005 to present) satellite data, including the Google Earth Engine kelp mapping tool (developed by the Hakai Institute) and high resolution satellite imagery in collaboration with the BC Kelp Analytical Mapping Group; (b) Intermediate (70s to 90s) data from large-scale coastal kelp inventories, as well as archived government data and coarse resolution satellite imagery from the Google Earth Engine kelp mapping tool and SPOT image archive; and (c) Available historical (1850-1950) spatial data based on British Admiralty Charts. (publication expected)
- Define the environmental and biological drivers of kelp change.Examine how environmental gradients in temperature and other climate drivers influence the spatiotemporal extent of kelp. From this analysis, we will determine the status of this important habitat and its capacity for resilience (resistance or recovery). (publication expected)
Ideal qualifications: A Ph.D. degree (completed by the time of appointment) in biology/geography/oceanography/marine ecology disciplines. Expertise in nearshore ecology, large spatial data analytics and strong collaborative skills are ideal.
Technical skills required: Programming skills (R, MATLAB®, python), statistical analysis skills, satellite imagery processing, analysis of multi-dimensional large data sets.
Application closure date: July 15, 2020.
Start date: As soon as possible
Position Length: Two years, pending annual review
Applicants must submit:
- A CV, including the e-mail and phone number for three references;
- A short cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for working on the project and how previous experience qualifies them for this position;
- Reprints of 3 published papers, if available.
Submit applications to:
Maycira Costa (email@example.com)
Overall project background: Bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) are important canopy-forming kelp species found in marine nearshore habitats on the west coast of Canada. These kelp species form complex, three-dimensional habitat that supports a diversity of fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals. Canopy kelps are also amongst the most productive primary producers on the planet, serving as an important source of carbon to coastal food webs. Canopy-forming kelps show high seasonal and interannual variability as their recruitment, growth, and survival are influenced by several abiotic (e.g., temperature, salinity, nutrients, light) and biotic (e.g., grazing, intraspecific competition) drivers. As a result, kelp populations are expected to change in response to shifts in underlying environmental conditions associated with climate change. They may also shift in response to changes in the biotic community (e.g., sea otter recovery, sea star wasting disease) or human activities (e.g., sea urchin harvest, kelp harvest). Traditionally, kelp ecology has focused on individual research sites or regions encompassing a gradient of climate or biological drivers. We aim to quantify kelp resilience to changing conditions across a larger scale – focusing on the British Columbia coast – encompassing overlapping gradients at an appropriate scale to tease apart biological and climate drivers.
Postdoctoral Opportunity in Satellite Remote Sensing of the Arctic Ocean
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is offering a postdoctoral position (SE-RES) to study dynamics and trends of chlorophyll-a concentration and primary production (PP) in the Canadian Arctic, and in particular, the Beaufort Sea and Canadian Basin. The objectives of the study are:
- to update and assess the performance of DFO primary production model by comparison with in situ measurements,
- to apply the model to time series of satellite data (e.g., MODIS/VIIRS) to inform on seasonal cycle, location of areas of high production and trends in PP
- relate findings to a large database of in situ measurements of biogeochemical data (e.g., nutrients, phytoplankton community structure)
The ideal candidate holds a PhD in satellite remote sensing of ocean colour and will have a good understanding of bio-optics in the marine environment, as well as a good track record of peer-reviewed publications in the field. She/he should have experience working within an interdisciplinary team, as the applicant will work in close collaboration with scientist managing the in situ database. The candidate will have excellent programming skills, including shell, python, R language and knowledge of processing software such as SeaDAS. The project will require the ability to deal with a very large database of satellite remote sensing. The candidate should be willing to travel within Canada and internationally. Experience with satellite remote sensing of the in the Arctic Ocean will be considered as an asset. The candidate will have excellent oral and written skills as she/he will be expected to report the results to DFO managements (e.g., fisheries and spatial planning).
The postdoctoral fellow will be co-supervised by Drs. Emmanuel Devred and Christine Michel and located at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Dartmouth, NS, Canada) with frequent visits to the Freshwater Institute (Winnipeg, MB, Canada). The position is expected to start September 1st or as soon as hiring processed is completed. Starting salary is 60,333 CAD per year, negotiable according to experience and government of Canada guidance.
The project is funded by DFO internal research project “Results Fund” for one year with the possibility of extension for another year. Applicants who have graduated within 3 years of the application will be given priority.
Send a letter of motivation and your resume to: Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . The selected candidate will have to apply to Natural Resources Canada postdoctoral program (https://nrcan-rncan.hiringplatform.ca/6355-postdoctoral-research-program-prp/20673-application-form/en)
Researcher / Research Engineer Oceanography, NIVA, Norway
The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway’s leading research institute for the aquatic environment, working across a wide range of environmental, climate and resource issues. Our high quality research is characterised by its relevance, and its holistic and interdisciplinary approach, combining research with monitoring, assessment, problem solving and consulting. The NIVA group has approximately 400 employees and is headquartered in Oslo, with branches in Bergen, Grimstad, Hamar and Copenhagen, together with a marine research station in Drøbak, and subsidiaries in Tromsø, Chile and China.
NIVA’s Section for Oceanography works from satellites to the deepest oceans, and addresses questions related to light, trace metals, and nutrients to ecosystems. We work all the way from small datasets to “Big Data” as well as modelling of the world’s oceans. The group has been very successful in recent years with projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, Norwegian Environmental Agency, and the European Commission. The projects are related to a large variety of fields, for example; ocean observing using remote sensing and ships of opportunity, impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, research and monitoring related to phytoplankton (and harmful algae), and land-ocean interactions and effects in fjords/coastal zones.
Place of work will be either in NIVA’s head office in Oslo or in NIVA’s Regional Branch Offices in Bergen and Grimstad.
In order to further develop NIVA’s research activities within oceanography, we have vacancies for 2-3 research scientists/research engineers.
The assignments are related to several activities and tasks, such as:
- Participate in, and lead research activities and projects related to marine biogeochemistry, phytoplankton ecology, sensor development and ocean observing technologies.
- Perform field work including, research cruises, on ships of opportunity, recipient investigations, and/or monitoring.
- Data handling, interpretation, analysis, and modeling.
- Proposal writing to acquire projects and external funding.
- Publish/disseminate research in peer-reviewed journals.
The position involves international travelling and field trips at sea.
We are seeking candidates with a PhD (Oceanography, Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or Masters (Engineering or other).
The right candidates have at least 3-5 years of experience within one or more of the following fields:
marine biogeochemistry and marine sciences, oceanography, marine ecology, phytoplankton, molecular techniques, recipient investigations, marine sensors and instrumentation, ocean and ecological modeling, data processing and database management, and programming (Matlab, R, Python).
Experience from research projects, field work, and project management will be valued.
For research scientists, in addition: postdoc experience and good track record with respect to external funding acquisition and peer-reviewed publications.
For engineers, in addition: technical know-how related to hardware and software aspects of designing, developing, and maintaining oceanographic sensors and autonomous observing platforms.
Ability to communicate easily in English, both verbally and in writing is obligatory. Some understanding of Norwegian (or other Nordic language) will be an advantage.
We are looking for candidates who are innovative and show good initiative in terms of involvement in existing projects and initiating and acquiring new projects. The right candidates find motivation from working in an interdisciplinary scientific research environment covering a broad spectrum of topics. In addition, cooperativeness, flexibility and ability to work in a team as well as independently are important skills.
- Challenging work tasks in a nationally leading research institution.
- New and modern research facilities centrally located in Oslo, Bergen and Grimstad.
- Good pension and insurance plans.
- Permanent position.
- A good working environment.
Applicants might be evaluated and contacted before the application deadline, the 15 June 2020.
Employment start date is negotiable.
For more information, and to apply, please see: https://201703.webcruiter.no/Main/Recruit/Public/4243170070?lang=EN&showExpired=False
Post Doctoral Research Associate – Ocean Optics and Remote Sensing
Dr. Xiaodong Zhang’s Marine Optics Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi invites self-motivated and aspiring candidates to apply for three post-doctoral positions in the field of Ocean Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing. Successful candidates will conduct fundamental investigation in (1) quantifying the optical properties of particles, (2) applying innovative optical observation to characterize oceanic particles, and (3) developing physically based ocean color algorithms to improve the retrieval of inherent optical properties and particle properties. While all the three positions involve the research in those three areas, each has its focus. Position 1 is focused on investigating the effect of internal structure of particles on angular scattering of light and its polarization. Position 2 is focused on developing innovative algorithms utilizing the multi-angle polarimetry observation to retrieve the angular scattering information and to improve BRDF correction to hyperspectral ocean color observation from the next generation ocean color mission, PACE. Position 3 is focused on developing autonomous optical platform for water quality monitoring and satellite calibration.
Candidates must have a Ph. D. degree in the field of marine science, physics, or a closely related physical science discipline by the time of application. Candidates is expected to have acquired fundamental knowledge in ocean or atmospheric optics and radiative transfer. Candidates must possess demonstrable experience in conducting science with peer-reviewed publications.
It is preferred that candidates have experience in analyzing and interpreting optical measurements collected in the lab and/or from the field and applying ocean color remote sensing data.
This is full time, 12-month position that will be reviewed annually with renewal based upon performance and funding. Annual salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position also qualifies for a full benefit package. Interested candidates may address questions regarding the position to Dr. Xiaodong Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org) or check the detailed description of the position at https://usm.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=1413&site=1. The applications must be submitted via https://usm.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=857&site=1. Review of applications will begin as soon as the applications are received.
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply. For more information about Southern Miss, visit our website at http://www.usm.edu.
Remote Sensing Scientist – Ocean Colour
EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency – monitoring the weather and climate from space – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
We are currently looking for an experienced Remote Sensing Scientist to join our international team of dynamic and inspiring engineers and industry professionals based in Darmstadt, Germany, tasked with driving innovation within the Space, Satellite and Earth Observation sector.
This role is rooted in the mission of EUMETSAT and will provide the opportunity to work with leading IT, Space and Earth Observation organisations and domain experts to make a positive impact on society!
Under a Copernicus-dedicated programme, EUMETSAT operates four Copernicus Sentinel missions on behalf of the European Union, including the Sentinel-3 mission dedicated to monitoring of ocean colour, sea surface temperature and ocean surface topography.
In addition, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and the EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation (EPS-SG), the next generation EUMETSAT satellite systems to be deployed in the next five years have some ocean colour observation capability.
As a member of the Marine Applications Competence Area of the Remote Sensing and Products (RSP) Division, the Remote Sensing Scientist – Ocean Colour will support the definition, prototyping, implementation, validation and evolution of operational ocean colour products, focusing on Sentinel-3.
- Support the prototyping and operational implementation of advanced algorithms for improved and new marine ocean colour products from the Copernicus Sentinel-3 and other EUMETSAT missions;
- Provide product quality analysis and long-term quality monitoring of operational ocean colour products at EUMETSAT;
- Plan, develop and perform ocean colour product calibration and validation activities, including the development of tools and methodologies for validation with Fiducial Reference Measurements and in-situ data;
- Support Sentinel-3 mission operations with respect to processing anomalies, change requests, new processing baselines, and baseline regression testing;
- Support the ocean colour product re-calibration and reprocessing activities as required;
- Maintain an in depth understanding of the observational capabilities of spaceborne ocean colour instrument;
- Play an active role in relevant operational and scientific interactions with the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and the ocean colour user communities;
- Support and manage external studies relevant for the development of new or improved products/parameters/concepts.
What we offer
- Excellent salary, of up to Euro 7,500 / month NET (after tax and deductions) based on skills and experience
- Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave
- Full medical coverage for employee and family
- Attractive final salary pension
- 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays
- Training and development support
- Relocation allowance and support (if applicable)
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- In-depth scientific knowledge of space-borne optical observations of the ocean, in particular for Ocean Colour Radiometry;
- Proven experience of processing of large-volumes of data from relevant space-borne instruments;
- Proficiency with scientific algorithm prototyping in IDL and/or MATLAB;
- Demonstrable experience with scientific development projects and working with ocean colour researchers and user communities;
- Strengths in analysis, synthesis and presentation, coupled with good interpersonal skills and a proven ability to apply these to the interactions within and between teams.
- An advanced university degree (or equivalent) in remote sensing, physics, oceanography or another relevant discipline is required.
- EUMETSAT is an international organisation with a working language of English. German language is not required to work here.
More about us
As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT can recruit nationals only from the 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom).
For more information on EUMETSAT / this vacancy, please go to: https://eumetsat.jobbase.io/job/05tesozv
Postdoctoral Scholar in Remote Sensing of Inland Water Quality
A full-time postdoctoral scholar position is available in the Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Lab in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Merced. The postdoctoral scholar will be based in Merced, California and will work under the supervision of the PI, Dr. Erin Hestir. The focus of the research is to investigate the spatial and temporal dynamics of surface water quality using optical satellite remote sensing (Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2). The primary objective of this project is to develop a tool for the science and management community that enables high resolution mapping of surface water mercury (Hg) in the upper San Francisco estuary. A main goal of the work is to develop models to estimate mercury and methylmercury from optical water quality parameters derived from in situ instruments (e.g., fluorescence, absorbance) and optical remote sensing (e.g., turbidity, suspended solids, dissolved organic matter, and algal matter). The anticipated result is high spatial resolution time-series maps of dissolved and particulate mercury species in the upper estuary surface waters which will be used to address two primary science questions: 1) the effects of wetland restoration on Hg speciation and mobilization on downstream sub-regions, and 2) the transport and fate of Hg in the system.
See the announcement for further information.
PACE Mission Communications, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is looking for an individual to support the NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), in particular the Project Scientists, by developing communications content for, and executing events on behalf of, the PACE mission. See the announcement for further details.
Modeling the dynamics of Sargassum algae in the North Tropical Atlantic
Since 2011, massive amount of Sargassum algae are stranding on the coasts of the Lesser Antilles, Central America, Brazil and West Africa, causing severe economical, ecological and health issues. Sargassum satellite index revealed that these strandings come from colossal quantities of algae drifting from the central tropical Atlantic, disconnected from the historical Sargasso Sea. The origins of the rise and continuation of these blooms are still debated (Johns et al 2020).
This job opportunity is part of the FORESEA project (FOREcasting seasonal Sargassum Events in the Atlantic) funded by the French Research Agency ANR. The overall aim of FORESEA is to build a forecast model of Sargassum dynamics at basin and regional scales. State of the art datasets are available within this project :
- (i) a new satellite-derived Sargassum index archive covering the last decade
- (ii) dedicated physical-biogeochemical interannual simulations based on NEMO-PISCES model and
- (iii) a surface drifter database.
Using these datasets, the candidate will design an innovative Lagrangian approach to simulate Sargassum algae physical and biological dynamics (drift, growth and decay). After validation, the model will be used to identify the major drivers of seasonal and interannual fluctuations of Sargassum, and explore capabilities for forecasting the Sargassum influx in the Caribbean region.
Applicants should have a PhD in physical or biogeochemical oceanography (or related fields) with an experience in numerical modeling, excellent communication skills, and willingness to engage into multidisciplinary work.
Laboratories and contacts:
Interested candidates should send a CV and a motivation letter including two referees to Léo Berline (email@example.com) and Christophe Lett (firstname.lastname@example.org). The postdoc is expected to start in the first half of 2020. Review of applications will start in
February 2020 until the position is filled. Duration is two years.
Johns et al. (2020): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2020.102269
Hakai Coastal Initiative Postdoc Position in Ocean Remote Sensing and spatial-temporal dynamic of coastal marine biophysical provinces of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska
Applications are being accepted for a Hakai Postdoctoral position at the University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the University of Victoria, Department of Geography as part of the Hakai Coastal Initiative. The postdoc will be based in Victoria, Vancouver Island, and work under the supervision of Dr. Costa at UVic and Dr. Hunt at UBC. The focus of the research is to derive the spatial-temporal dynamic of coastal marine biophysical provinces of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska based on satellite imagery. The research is expected to address the following:
- Define the spatial-temporal dynamic of the biogeochemical properties of the coastal oceans of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska? Task: Define the coastal marine biophysical provinces based on time series of Sentinel 3 derived products (2016 to present). This analysis will be used to identify spatially distinct Coastal Ocean Biogeochemical provinces and resolve coastal dynamics at high spatial resolution. (publication expected)
- Conduct inter-comparison of Sentinel 3 and other products to address retrospective long term analysis (2002- present) of the coastal oceans of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Task: Investigate the integration of satellite-derived products at different temporal and scale resolutions to conduct long term analysis. (publication expected).
The technical objective of the postdoc project: In collaboration with the Hakai Institute (https://www.hakai.org/), the postdoc is expected to build upon the already developed imagery processing tools for batch processing of satellite imagery that can be operationally maintained by the Institute.
A Ph.D. degree (completed by the time of appointment) in an optical remote sensing and oceanography and/or Earth systems discipline. Expertise in ocean colour remote sensing/ocean ecology biogeochemistry is ideal. Other fields of expertise to be considered include oceanography, climate and atmospheric sciences, marine biogeochemistry, phytoplankton ecosystem ecology, scientific computing, and statistics.
Technical skills required: Programming skills (MATLAB®, python), statistical analysis skills, satellite imagery processing, analysis of multi-dimensional large data sets.
Application closure date: February 30th, 2020.
Start date: As soon as possible
Position Length: Two years, pending annual review
Salary: $59,000 + benefits
Applicants must submit:
- A CV, including the e-mail and phone number for three references;
- A short cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for working on the project and how previous experience qualifies them for this position;
- Reprints of 3 published papers, if available;
Equity and diversity are essential for academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nations, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
Submit applications to:
Overall project background:
The coastal oceans of BC and SE Alaska are highly complex, influenced by oceanographic, climatic, and continental runoff processes that vary at different timescales. This region of interaction between continental runoff and the coastal ocean supports diverse food-webs and determines the habitat available to forage fish and salmon, and controls biogeochemical cycling. To date, no attempt has been made to characterize the spatial and temporal dynamics of the BC and SE Alaska coastal oceans. This limits, for example, our ability to understand the ocean conditions experienced by juvenile salmon along their migration route.