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Senior Scientist to Support Satellite Oceanography and Climatology and Ocean Color, College Park, MD, USA

This position is only open to qualified US citizens or those possessing a US green card.  The position can be remote.

Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST), a fast growing high technology firm, is seeking mid to senior scientists for an exciting task at the Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division at NOAA’s Center for Satellite Technology Applications and Research (STAR). This task involves broad research and application activities for ocean color remote sensing including algorithm development, testing, evaluation, and validation. Selected candidates shall work with the project leader and other members in STAR and other NOAA offices for some (or all) of the specific tasks provided below. 


  • Review ocean color related documents to study and understand ocean color remote sensing theory, algorithm, and applications; an understanding of instrument calibration is highly desirable.  
  • Development and applications of satellite algorithms for water properties, e.g., algorithms for biological and biogeochemical properties, IOPs, PFT, etc.   
  • Become familiar and work with the ocean color data processing system for research and algorithm development, e.g., SeaDAS, MSL12, ADL, for the data processing, data displaying, and data analyses for various satellite data sets (e.g., VIIRS, MODIS, OLCI on Sentinel-3, SGLI on GCOM-C, MSI on Sentinel-2, LandSat, PACE, etc.). 
  • Work with other non-ocean color satellite sensor data (for atmosphere and land purposes), e.g., CALIPSO data, for developing and testing new approaches for remote sensing of ocean properties.  
  • Support the identification and resolution of shortfalls in existing open ocean algorithms for application to coastal regions and identification of new applications and products from satellite measurements specifically for coastal and inland water applications.  
  • Analyze simulated and real satellite data, as well as various in situ data from ocean color and atmosphere to evaluate and improve related algorithm performance. 
  • Contribute documentation related to the project and publish scientific papers. 

Education/Experience Required:  

  • Ph.D. in Oceanography, Physics, Computer Science, and/or other Physical Sciences and Engineering. Previous work experience is required.   
  • A strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals. 
  • Strong working knowledge of remote sensing algorithms. Understanding of satellite instrument calibration will be a plus. 

Apply for the position here, on the GST website.

Postdoc Research Associate, University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK

Deadline: 24 September 2023

The Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Dr Bob Brewin. This UKRI funded post is available from 1st October 2023 to 31st September 2025. The successful applicant will join a team of researchers investigating the response of phytoplankton to climate change.

The post will include using ecosystem modelling to explore responses of phytoplankton to climate forcing. The successful applicant will also be required to assist in aspects of data and code management, helping to prepare, format and deliver, to open-source repositories, datasets and code produced in the project.

Read the full details and how to apply here

Research Fellow in Digital Water, University of Stirling, UK

Deadline: 20 August 2023

The University of Stirling invites applications for a Research Fellow in Digital Water to join the Earth and Planetary Observation Research Group. We are looking for a candidate with expertise in environmental sensors and analytics for the monitoring and assessment of fresh waters and their ecosystems and the implementation of nature-based interventions.

As an integral member of the research group, the successful candidate will be expected to exploit the benefits of digital technologies to shed new light on the interactions between hydroclimatic and pollution events and their impacts on freshwater ecology. The post holder will exploit data from a network of novel and next generation in-situ sensors, design strategies for the deployment of in situ sensors and use of historic data to characterize catchment systems , explore next generation satellite sensors, and integrate in-situ and satellite derived information into digital information platforms. The post will conduct research as part of two interconnected projects (NERC MOT4Rivers and Horizon Europe Danube4all). Ideally, the postholder will support the monitoring and sustainable management of inland waters and able to work across research organisations and water related sectors within the UK and across Europe.

For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119.

Research Fellow in Earth Observation, University of Stirling, UK

Deadline: 20 August 2023

The University of Stirling invites applications for a Research Fellow in Earth Observation to join the Earth and Planetary Observation Research Group. We are looking for a candidate with expertise in remote sensing to lead the development of EO-based products for rivers with a particular focus on Danube (Horizon Europe Danube4all) and the Forth (NERC MOT4Rivers) and their subcatchments.

The postholder can expect to apply their skill set to provide real insights into important scientific challenges including flood dynamics, surface soil moisture, and water quality. As an integral member of the research group, the postholder will apply their skill set to work on the development and validation of satellite observations undertake the curation, processing and analysis of in situ and satellite datasets within these catchment systems. The postholder will be well versed in developing scalable Earth observation products that support the monitoring and sustainable management of inland waters and work across research groups within the UK and across Europe.

For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119.

PhD position, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

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

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

2 PhD scholarships within the Italian National PhD Course in Earth Observation, CNR-ISMAR, Italy

Application deadline: 20 July 2023

Topics for the 2 PhD scholarships:

  • Analysis of hyperspectral satellite data for coastal and marine waters with focus on the development of methodologies for the retrieval of water quality and bio- geophysical parameters from hyperspectral satellite data (PRISMA, EnMAP, PACE) and/or insitu hyperspectral radiometry to describe estuarine, coastal and shelf ecosystems.
  • Analysis of satellite data in coastal and transitional waters with focus on the development of methodologies for the retrieval of water quality parameters from multi-and hyperspectral data (satellite and/or insitu) to describe transitional and coastal aquatic ecosystems.

See the full position description and how to apply here.

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

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

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


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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

See the full position description and how to apply here.

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

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

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

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


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

Read the full description and how to apply here.

Earth Surface Optical Scientist, ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Job Req ID:  17670
Closing Date:  3 July 2023 23:59 CET/CEST

Vacancy in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. They welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands


Scientist in the Earth Surfaces and Interior Section of the Earth and Mission Science Division of the Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.

You will be affiliated with the Science, Applications and Climate Department, and will be expected to work closely with the Future Missions and Architecture, Projects, and Mission Management and Ground Segments Departments to perform delegated activities requiring the Earth Surfaces and Interior Section’s scientific expertise and manpower support.

See the full position description and apply here!

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

Restricted to U.S. Citizens only.

Research training activities include:

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


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

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

See position on their website for details!

PhD position Coastal Climate Change, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and Ghent University, Belgium

The position is a 4-year fully funded PhD project in a vibrant and international environment at Innovocean Campus and in the MarSens research group on campus De Sterre of Ghent University.

You will:

  • Combine in-situ and remote sensing measurements with machine learning tools to improve understanding of the coastal carbon cycle with focus on the biological carbon pump
  • Investigate the effects of a changing climate on the marine carbon cycle, benefitting from the richness of in-situ data collected, e.g., through the ICOS project and the VLIZ marine robotics
  • Add to the closure of the marine carbon budget of the Belgian Part of the North Sea (BPNS) in support of climate assessment studies and carbon mitigation efforts.

Suupervisors: Dr. Peter Landschutzer (VLIZ) and Prof. Griet Neukermans (UGent)

Deadline to apply is 21 July 2023. See position on their website for details!

Research Scientist & Leader of Environment Bioanalytical Facility, CSIRO, Hobart, TAS, Australia

Deadline extended: 2 July 2023!

CSIRO Environment integrates our main environmental research capability to strengthen our ability to address the complex and interrelated environmental issues facing Australia. CSIRO’s Environment Business Unit brings together our capabilities in marine, atmospheric, water and terrestrial environment disciplines, as well as significant social and economic research, to align and support the nation in creating a better and more sustainable future.

As a Research Scientist – Bio-analytical Facility Manager you will manage the Bio-analytical Facility based at the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere’s Hobart site, analysing a wide variety of samples for parameters used in the research and working very closely with both internal and external clients in the development of novel analytical techniques and methods, as well as project opportunities.

Applications for this position are open to all including Australian/New Zealand Citizens; Australian Permanent Residents and/or Australian Temporary Residents as well as overseas applicants. Sponsorship may be provided by CSIRO to the eligible candidate if required.

See the link for details and how to apply!

Research Scientist in Ocean Color Atmospheric Correction and Machine Learning – the Ocean Ecology Lab – NASA GSFC

The Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research II (GESTAR II) consortium at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking applications for a research scientist position in the field of bio-optical oceanography, atmospheric radiative transfer, physical science, computer science, engineering, mathematics, or related disciplines.

The successful candidate will join the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (Code 616) at GSFC (https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/) and support the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission (https://pace.gsfc.nasa.gov/). The PACE mission is a NASA Earth-observing satellite mission designed to advance global remote sensing of ocean biology and biogeochemistry (ocean color), as well as aerosol and cloud optical properties.

The research scientist will collaborate closely with the PACE Project Science, PACE Science Data Segment (SDS), and Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) within 616 to enhance PACE atmospheric correction capabilities using radiometry and polarimetry data from the three PACE instruments. The candidate will develop and implement physics-based radiative transfer simulations and machine learning algorithms to improve ocean color retrievals when combining PACE radiometry with multiangular polarimetry. Additionally, the scientist will work on improving ocean color from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) by leveraging aerosol information inferred from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR). The work will also involve developing Bayesian inference techniques, uncertainty quantification, and validation in an operational processing environment to process large-scale satellite data.

Please see this website for more detailed information about the position and the qualifications required.

Graduate student position in remote sensing of lake water quality using hyperspectral remote sensing, University of Wisconsin,  USA

The Townsend Lab at the University of Wisconsin is seeking a graduate student interested in remote sensing of lake water quality using hyperspectral remote sensing. This project is in conjunction with UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology, including Dr. Paul Hansen and Dr. Grace Wilkinson as well as Dr. Trina McMahon from Bacteriology and Dr. Bob Holz from the Space Science and Engineering Center. The Townsend Lab focuses on hyperspectral remote sensing of ecosystems.

We seek to prototype “LakeView” as an integrated Lake Observatory whose mission is to prepare the scientific community for the next generation of space-based Earth observatories for water quality.  The likelihood of vast quantities of spaceborne hyperspectral imagery data later this decade requires a collaborative, interdisciplinary science that connects remotely sensed hyperspectral imagery with the biophysical mechanisms underlying water quality.  LakeView will jumpstart this science by using airborne instrumentation to generate lake images equivalent to those from NASA satellites and combining those images with water quality data from UW-Madison’s lake observatories.

For more information and to apply, please reach out to Dr. Phil Townsend at ptownsend@wisc.edu.

The student position is available to start with the Fall semester of 2023, but students interested in a January, 2024 start are also welcome to apply. This position is intended for a Ph.D. level student. But exceptional M.S. students will also be considered.

Ocean Color Remote Sensing Specialist, IBSS, Narragansett, RI, USA

IBSS is a Woman-Owned business that has provided specialized professional, scientific, technical, cybersecurity, IT, and software engineering solutions to the Federal sector. Clients include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

IBSS is seeking a Full Time Remote Sensing Specialist to develop hyperspectral oceanographic remote sensing products that are applicable to the NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission. The remote sensing specialist will work with a team of academic and federal scientists to compile and collect in situ optical measurements and create operational products relevant for fisheries science and ecosystem based management.

Postdoc Position in spatial-temporal occurrence of kelp-encrusting bryozoans and associated environmental conditions across the British Columbia coast

Applications are being accepted for the British Columbia Kelp-Encrusting Bryozoan Postdoctoral position Kelp at the University of Victoria (UVic), Department of Geography, in the SPECTRAL Remote Sensing Lab. The postdoc will be based in Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada, and will work under the supervision of Dr. Maycira Costa from UVic and Dr. Anne Salomon from Simon Fraser University (SFU).

Application closure date: June 15, 2023.
Start date: August 1, 2023
Position Length: two to three years, pending annual review

See full position description and how to apply.

Senior Climate Applications Scientist – Oceanography, ESA, ECSAT, UK

ESA is recruiting for a Senior Climate Applications Scientist –Oceanography

Deadline for application: 8 May 2023

This position is for a senior oceanographer, leading the oceanography portfolio of the Essential Climate Variable (ECV) projects in the ESA Climate Office, currently comprising sea state, sea level, sea surface temperature, ocean colour, sea surface salinity, sea level budget closure and ocean carbon. This portfolio will be further expanded over coming years, to include further ocean related ECVs, cross-ECV activities, Tipping Points and links to climate modelling. The position is located at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT), Harwell, United Kingdom. The appointee will work to expand the awareness, use and scientific impact of satellite Earth Observation (EO) data records for applications in climate science and services, with a main focus on oceanography, but also for other domains of the Earth system. Ideally, the appointee would have significant research expertise in the field of oceanography, covering a wide range of scientific areas and applications over oceans and inland water bodies, and demonstrable skills in science management.

See the link for full details and how to apply

PhD Fellowship Position in Remote sensing of Water Quality

A 3-year PhD fellowship is proposed by the Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences (LOG) in Wimereux, France, on water quality variability by multi-sensor remote sensing of inland water/estuarine/deltaic environments. There is remote sensing application to 1) Hauts-de-France watershed up to estuaries and 2) Lower Mekong watershed up to the delta.

Read the full position description

Qualifications: Master degree in remote sensing or oceanography or environmental sciences

Application closure date: May 5 2023

Position Length: 3-year fellowship from October 2023

Location: The candidate will be located at LOG, 32 avenue Foch, 62930 Wimereux, France

Applicants must submit:

  • A detailed CV, including the e-mail and phone number for three references
  • A short cover letter explaining the applicant’s experience related to the position and motivation

For questions and to submit an application, please contact:

Cédric Jamet: cedric.jamet@univ-littoral.fr
Charles Verpoorter : Charles.verpoorter@univ-littoral.fr

2-year Postdoctoral Position in Biogeochemical Oceanography at Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), France

Deadline: 31 June 2023

In the framework of the FORMAL project https://iscd.sorbonne-universite.fr/research/sponsored-junior-teams/formal-2/, we are offering a two-year postdoctoral position. FORMAL focuses on studying marine life on all spatial and temporal scales, using a combination of observation and modeling tools, and is funded by the Institute of Computing and Data Sciences of Sorbonne Université (ISCD; http://iscd.sorbonne-universite.fr/). Within this context, the postdoc will use satellite-based products as well as BioGeoChemical-Argo (BGC-Argo; https://biogeochemical-argo.org) float observations to study the seasonal and sub-seasonal dynamics of plankton communities in the Southern Ocean.


Click here for more information on the position and how to apply.

Research Positions at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Oceans & Atmosphere Section, University of California San Diego

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California San Diego invites applications for one or more full-time Researcher positions. They seek candidates in all areas relevant to the Oceans and Atmosphere Section, broadly including physical oceanography, atmospheric science, climate science, biogeochemistry, hydrological science, and related fields.

The Researcher series at SIO parallels the Professor series in terms of independent research and service, but it carries no teaching requirements. Researchers receive 25% of their annual salary support from institutional sources. Researchers are expected to establish an externally funded research program that provides the remainder of their salary support. Researchers at SIO often serve as undergraduate and graduate student advisors.

They seek motivated, broad-thinking scientists to develop vigorous research groups and provide intellectual leadership in their fields while complementing existing expertise in the Oceans and Atmosphere Section.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on published University of California pay scales. Read the full description and apply online.

Research Technician Position, Center for Discovery and Innovation, CCNY/LDEO, New York City, NY, USA

Research Technician position is currently available with the Tzortziou Bio-Optics Laboratory at the Center for Discovery and Innovation, City College of New York, and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. The selected candidate will participate in interdisciplinary studies integrating field measurements, laboratory experiments, and satellite remote sensing observations to assess the impacts of anthropogenic pressures and environmental hazards on inland, coastal, and open ocean biogeochemical cycles, ecological processes, and ecosystem services across temporal and spatial scales. The environmental stressors addressed in ongoing lab projects include urban development, human population shifts, atmospheric pollution, eutrophication, acidification, global warming, sea level rise, permafrost thawing, and changing hydrological regimes.

The lab is searching for a highly motivated early career scientist with a background in environmental sciences and a willingness to be part of an interdisciplinary team effort. The Lab Technician will be expected to participate in fieldwork related to biogeochemical and ecological processes in aquatic (freshwater and marine) environments, conduct bio-optical measurements, assist with the design and planning of experiments, carry out laboratory experiments, maintain appropriate protocols, and assist with data processing, statistical analysis, and data management. Experience in programming (e.g., Matlab, Python) is preferred.

Salary: $45,000-$55,000/year (depending on prior experience), with a competitive benefits package and opportunities for participation in conferences for communication of results, networking, and interaction with the scientific community.

To apply, please e-mail:

  1. statement of interest and
  2. a curriculum vitae

to Prof. Maria Tzortziou (mtzortziou@ccny.cuny.edu or mt3123@columbia.edu).

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

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

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

Salary: $60,000-$75,000/year, with a competitive benefits package. Additional support will be provided for research expenses and participation in conferences for communication of results, networking, and interaction with the scientific community.

To apply, please e-mail:

  1. statement of interest,
  2. a curriculum vitae, and
  3. contact information of three references

to Prof. Maria Tzortziou (mtzortziou@ccny.cuny.edu or mt3123@columbia.edu).
The start date is Summer-Fall 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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