If you would like to include a position on this page, please contact the IOCCG Project Scientist, Dr. Venetia Stuart (vstuart@ioccg.org)

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 full description: https://jobs.hzg.de/sap(bD1kZSZjPTAwMg==)/bc/bsp/sap/hrrcf_wd_dovru/application.do?PARAM=cmNmdHlwZT1waW5zdCZwaW5zdD0wMDUwNTZBNTZFMzMxRUVBQjhBOTY2QTNGOThBMDJEMA%3d%3d

Link to application wizard: https://jobs.hzg.de/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_applwizard?sap-wd-configId=ZHRRCF_A_APPLWIZARD&param=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9MDA1MDU2QTU2RTMzMUVFQUI4QTk2NkEzRjk4QTAyRDAmY2FuZF90eXBlPQ%3d%3d&sap-client=002&params=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 full description: https://jobs.hzg.de/sap(bD1kZSZjPTAwMg==)/bc/bsp/sap/hrrcf_wd_dovru/application.do?PARAM=cmNmdHlwZT1waW5zdCZwaW5zdD0wMDUwNTZBNTZFMzMxRUVBQkJCQjcyNTJGMjVEMDJEMA%3d%3d

Link to application wizard: https://jobs.hzg.de/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_applwizard?sap-wd-configId=ZHRRCF_A_APPLWIZARD&param=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9MDA1MDU2QTU2RTMzMUVFQUJCQkI3MjUyRjI1RDAyRDAmY2FuZF90eXBlPQ%3d%3d&sap-client=002&params=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

PromotorGriet Neukermans, Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Group, Faculty of Sciences
Co-promotorKristiaan Neyts, Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group, Faculty of Engineering

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.

VACANCY ID:              2020 – 36
CLOSING DATE:         September 1st, 2020

The project

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.

The Vacancy

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.

The Candidate

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.

More Information

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 (ole.mikkelsen@sequoiasci.com).

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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

Salary: $55,000

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 (maycira@uvic.ca)

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.michel@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and emmanuel.devred@dfo-mpo.gc.ca . 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.

Personal skills

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.

NIVA offers
  • 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 (xiaodong.zhang@usm.edu) 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)


  • 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;
  • Experience of working in a UNIX environment and with scientifically-oriented coding languages, C/C++ and Python. JavaScript is an advantage;
  • 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

Job Description:
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:

MIO, https://www.mio.osupytheas.fr/, Marseille, France
MARBEC, http://www.umr-marbec.fr/, Sète, France

Interested candidates should send a CV and a motivation letter including two referees to Léo Berline (leo.berline@mio.osupytheas.fr) and Christophe Lett (christophe.lett@ird.fr). 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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.

Ideal qualifications:

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:

Maycira Costa (maycira@uvic.ca) and Brian Hunt (b.hunt@oceans.ubc.ca).

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.

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