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

31 July 2020: PhD candidate at Ghent University, Belgium

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

21 June 2020: Postdoc position, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands

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.


20 June 2020: Two Earth Observation Scientist positions – Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

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

18 June 2020: LISST Service Engineer / Service Manager / Service and Sales Engineer (Sequoia Scientific, Inc., WA, USA)

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/

9 June 2020: Postdoc Position, University of Victoria, BC, Canada

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.

4 June 2020: Postdoctoral Opportunity in Satellite Remote sensing of the Arctic Ocean, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada

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)

2 June 2020: Researcher / Research Engineer Oceanography, NIVA (Oslo, Bergen or Grimstad), Norway

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

2 June 2020: Post Doctoral Research Associate – Ocean Optics and Remote Sensing, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

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.

27 May 2020: Remote Sensing Scientist – Ocean Colour, Darmstadt, Germany

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

24 April 2020: Postdoctoral Scholar in Remote Sensing of Inland Water Quality, UC Merced, California, USA

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.

23 April 2020: PACE Mission Communications, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA

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.

10 February 2020: Postdoctoral researcher (2 years), Marseliie / Sète, France

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

27 January 2020: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, Canada

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.

24 January 2020: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of South Florida, Optical Oceanography Lab, USA

Postdoctoral scholar in Ocean Color Research and Applications, University of South Florida, Optical Oceanography Lab

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

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

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

The position is available immediately, with an initial 1-year appointment. The appointment can be extended, contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. Salary is commensurable with experience.

The College of Marine Science at USF is a rapidly expanding group spanning all of the major marine science disciplines. We encourage interested applicants to review our research programs by visiting our web site at: http://www.marine.usf.edu . For information regarding the available position, please contact Dr. Brian Barnes, bbarnes4@mail.usf.edu. More information about the OOL can be found at https://optics.marine.usf.edu.


Apply online at https://gems.fastmail.usf.edu:4440/psp/gemspro-tam/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=24193&PostingSeq=1

Or by searching for JobID 24193 within the careers@USF portal (https://www.usf.edu/work-at-usf/careers/).

Please submit a statement of research interests, a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three referees, no later than 7 February 2020 although the position will remain open until filled.  For disability accommodations, please call (727) 553-3942 at least five (5) working days in advance of need.

USF is an EO/EA/AA Institution

23 January 2020: Scientific programmer, LOG laboratory, Wimereux, France

Scientific programmer, LOG laboratory, Wimereux, France

Position duration: 1 year, starting date: 3rd March, 2020
Location of the position: Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences (http://log.cnrs.fr/, Wimereux, France)

The “Remote Sensing and Hydrodynamic” team at the Oceanology and Geosciences laboratory in
France is seeking applications for a full-time scientific programmer/analyst to work on marine optics.


– maintain and configure scripts and tools for data analysis and vizualisation
– implement algorithms to retrieve optical parameters and biogeochemical properties from space
– manage large multi-sensor databases.

Typical education and experience:

– background in physics or one of the physical sciences,
– experience in C, C++, Fortran, Matlab or Python, R, PostgreSQL
– Unix/Linux environment
– English read, written and spoken


The application (CV and motivation letter) should to be sent by email to Lucile Duforet-Gaurier (lucile.duforet@univ-littoral.fr) and Vincent Vantrepotte (vincent.vantrepotte@univ-littoral.fr) by 14 February, 2020.

20 January 2020: Two Postdoctoral Fellowships, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Postdoctoral fellowships in Water Color Remote Sensing and Modeling of the Amazon River-to-Sea Continuum

The Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA, University of São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil) invites applications for two Post-doctoral fellowships, supported by the São Paulo Research Support Foundation (FAPESP) thematic project TROCAS II (Biogeochemical blindspots along the lower Amazon River continuum: from land to the atmosphere and ocean, co-funded by the US National Science Foundation). The TROCAS objective is to understand the large-scale drivers that create the spatial and temporal variability in carbon remineralization and CO2 fluxes, expressed as Net Ecosystem Exchange (NEE), from the lower Amazon River out into the Amazon plume. The project is based at CENA, with partner institutions, coordinated by Dr. Victoria Ballester (CENA) and Dr. Jeffrey Richey (CENA/University of Washington, USA).

The post-doc for remote sensing, to be supervised by Dr. Ballester and Dr. Milton Kampel (National Institute for Space Research/INPE) will be expected to:

  • Develop and validate algorithms for estimating pCO2 in the study region, using in situ and water color remote sensing data coupled to field measurements.
  • Generate a time series of at least 10 (ten) years of pCO2 by applying the algorithm generated in the satellite images.
  • Analyze the spatiotemporal variability of pCO2 in the study region.
  • Be available to participate in field work campaigns in the Amazon region (10-30 days).
  • Contribute to the cyber-informatics of project databases and cloud access, as part of the elaboration of a dynamic information framework for final project presentation.

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

  1. A PhD. degree in Remote Sensing, Oceanography, Biology or related fields.
  2. Experience in above and below water radiometry including collecting and processing in situ radiometric and bio-optical data, fieldwork in the study region, and laboratory biogeochemical analyzes.
  3. Experience in one or more image processing and geoprocessing software such as SeaWiFS Data Analysis System (SeaDAS), ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth Engine.
  4. Experience in statistical analysis of time series.

The post-doc for modeling, to be supervised by Dr. Paulo Rosman (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and Dr. Richey,will be responsible for extending the current application of the environmental hydrodynamic modeling system SisBaHiA (www.sisbahia.coppe.ufrj.br) in both space (from lower river into inner shelf) and process detail. The successful candidate will:

  • Fine-tune physical model attributes and estimates of biogeochemical process rates.
  • Initiate calibration/validation of the model to in situ data.
  • When the model is capable of accurately estimating present day biogeochemical fluxes, run the model under scenarios of future change.
  • Explore coupling with an upstream basin hydrology model (e.g., VIC), and with downstream marine models (e.g., ROMS).
  • Contribute to the cyber-informatics of project databases and cloud access, as part of the elaboration of a dynamic information framework for final project presentation.

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

  1. A PhD. degree in Engineering, Oceanography, or related field.
  2. Experience in coupled hydrodynamic-biogeochemical modeling, preferably including SisBaHiA.
  3. Experience with computer programming languages and working with/developing hydrologic modeling frameworks, hydrologic data compilation, remote sensing experience a plus.

Brazilian and international applications are welcomed. The selected candidates will be involved in the planning and execution of research activities and may also act as co-advisor for project graduate and undergraduate students. Successful candidates will be expected to have fluency in English and Portuguese. A good track record of publications in high impact journal publications is expected. Experience in the Amazon region is a plus.

Period and Start of Activities

The fellowship duration is 24 months. Renewal may be for two additional periods of up to 12 months each, for a maximum of 48 months. The candidate should start the activities immediately after the fellowship is authorized by FAPESP.

Values and Conditions

  • Monthly (tax-free) fellowship of R$ 7.373,10, plus 15% of the annual amount for research-related expenses (technical reserve).
  • The candidate must have completed the doctorate no more than six years before the beginning of the fellowship.
  • The fellowship requires full dedication to the research project (except under the conditions described in resolution PR N° 13/2009 of July 15, 2009).
  • The fellowship holder must not have any formal or informal employment, nor receive, during the fellowship contract, a fellowship from another Institute, salary or remuneration arising from the exercise of activities of any nature.
  • To implement the fellowship, the selected candidate must present all the documentation required by FAPESP. For further details, please visit: http://www.fapesp.br/270.

How to apply

The submission deadline is February 20, 2020. Submissions are by email to: vicky@cena.usp.br and jrichey@uw.edu, mentioning in the Subject – “Remote sensing (or Modeling) postdoctoral fellowship, TROCAS II Project”, followed by your name, and submit the following files in PDF format:

  • A letter of interest of up to 2 pages in English, explaining your motivations for working on this project.
  • Short CV Lattes (for Brazilian applicants), including publications attesting the competence to work on the project, the candidate’s academic background and experience in related topics. For foreigners, please provide a short CV (maximum of 4 pages).


An initial screening will be based on the documentation presented. Candidates passing this screening will be asked for 3 letters of recommendation, and an interview (via Skype, if in person isn’t feasible). The selected candidate must submit the necessary documents for the FAPESP fellowship application within 15 days of its approval.



16 January 2020: Scientific Programmer/Analyst, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

Scientific Programmer/Analyst, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

NASA’s Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has an opening for an experienced scientific programmer/analyst to support the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA.  This position will support  implementation and evaluation of methods for retrieval of atmosphere and ocean optical properties and associated uncertainties using satellite remote sensing data.  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 200519.

15 January 2020: Research Fellow, University of Stirling (UK)

Research Fellow, University of Stirling (UK)

The University of Stirling is looking to appoint enthusiastic and highly motivated research fellows to work across Horizon 2020 and UK projects on the development and application of satellite remote sensing for monitoring water quality in lakes and coastal waters and the integration of these data with novel in situ sensor observations. The successful applicants will join a rapidly growing and world-leading research group at the University of Stirling.

It is expected for the successful candidate to travel within the UK to different locations for the development and validation of satellite observations, the maintenance and deployment of in situ optical sensors, analysis of water samples, inter-comparison and evaluation of novel new sensors for in situ measurements and the curation, processing and analysis of in situ and satellite datasets.

Description of Duties

Applicants should have a willingness to a travel extensively within the UK and internationally for fieldwork. Skills in computer programming in one or more languages (e.g., Python or R) would also be an advantage for these positions. Valid UK or international driving licenses are also essential. There may also be opportunities for the successful candidates to contribute to other projects, supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project students in the field and laboratory and contribute to and lead on applications for new research funding and fellowships.

Please contact Professor Andrew N. Tyler for further information about this position (a.n.tyler@stir.ac.uk). The deadline for applications is Sunday 02 February 2020.

For further information, including a full description of duties, essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see the announcement at: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BXY571/research-fellow

8 January 2020: Earth Sciences Remote Sensing, Physical Scientist, NASA Ames Research, CA (USA)

Supervisory AST, Earth Sciences Remote Sensing, Physical Scientist

Two vacancies – Supervisor in the Atmospheric Science Branch and Supervisor in the Biospheric Science Branch. This is an unprecedented opportunity to join the Earth science leadership team at NASA Ames. The Branch Chiefs lead operations and provide technical and programmatic leadership of research portfolios in their respective scientific disciplines. Both branches oversee research portfolios that include strong measurement and analysis projects.

For further details see:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/549836700

12 December 2019: Research Assistant in Ocean Color Remote Sensing, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Research Assistant Position in Ocean Color Remote Sensing

We are seeking an outstanding researcher who has well-developed skills in the field of coastal ocean color remote sensing and optical oceanography. The candidate will be studying the inherent and apparent optical properties of the Arabian Gulf water using in situ and satellite observations. The optical properties vary with the wavelength of the light, depth, and time. These measurements can be utilized together with numerical models for finding the amount and type of materials, including living microorganisms, and sediments within the water.

The successful candidate will be based in Abu Dhabi (UAE) at Khalifa University. The individual in this position will work on satellite data from various ocean color satellite sensors and field measurements from ocean and atmosphere to develop, validate, and evaluate algorithms for the remote retrieval of the ocean color and atmospheric products. For more information and how to apply  see the Position Announcement.

For queries please contact  maryamr.alshehhi@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Maryam R. Al Shehhi Assistant Professor,
Khaifa University Aby Dhabi,

11 December 2019: Postdoctoral Fellow (Ocean Modeller), Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Postdoctoral Fellow (Ocean Modeller)

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 and how to apply  see the Position Announcement .

For queries please contact  maryamr.alshehhi@ku.ac.ae

6 December 2019: Researcher in Ocean Remote Sensing, University of Toulon, France

Researcher in Ocean Remote Sensing

Position duration: 1 year and 10 months, starting date: 1 March, 2020
Responsable: Audrey Minghelli, associate professor (minghelli@univ-tln.fr) ; +
Partners: Léo Berline (M.I.O), Cristèle Chevalier (M.I.O), Julien Jouanno (LEGOS) and Malik Chami (Sorbonne Université)
Location of the position: Laboratoire Informatique et Systèmes (LIS), group « Signal-Image », University of Toulon, campus of La Garde (Toulon, France)

Description of the Position:

Since 2011, massive strandings of brown algae (Sargassum) have affected the coasts of the West Caribbean, Brazil and West Africa (figure 1). Their environmental and socio-economical impacts are now considered very significant, leading to growing concern in the scientific community and civil society. The FORESEA Project (supported by the French National Research Agency, 2020-2022) aims at monitoring, modeling and forecasting the Sargassum strandings in the ocean. Satellite Sargassum detection is central to understanding and predicting the phenomenon. Classical methods detect Sargassum with spectral indexes (AFAI, MCI, FLH) and the main objective of the position is to improve the Sargassum detection techniques from space. A special effort will be dedicated to identify rafts when located under a layer of water and to complementary make use of available satellite images (e.g., Sentinel-2 and 3, MODIS, VIIRS…) to monitor Sargassum at different scales (from 10 m to 300 m). From these multiscale observations, we expect to gain understanding on the observability of the Sargassum with high coverage – low resolution sensors such as MODIS, and on the dynamical properties of the Sargassum rafts (organization, aggregation, break-up, drift). To reduce the processing time, deep learning methods can be considered.

The schedule of the work will consist in (i) gathering the satellite ocean color data of interest for the project, (ii) correcting the satellite data for the atmospheric effects, (iii) applying the current bio-optical algorithms (and improving them if necessary) to identify and to determine the Sargassum abundance from satellite data.

Education and required skills

  • PhD in image processing and/or remote sensing;
  • Basic knowledge in radiative transfer modelling,
  • Deep learning methods, skills for the redaction and synthesis (oral and writing).
  • Good communication skills (oral and writing).
  • English read, written and spoken.
  • Knowledge in IDL, Matlab, Python language, ENVI software and Linux operating system is appreciated.

Application (CV and motivation letter) should to be sent by email to Audrey Minghelli (minghelli@univ-tln.fr) by 8 February, 2020.

2 December 2019: Biological Oceanography – Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

Biological Oceanography – Assistant Professor Position

The Division of Marine Science in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites qualified applicants for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position in Biological Oceanography at the Assistant Professor level to begin in the Fall 2020.

USM offers an exceptional environment for a successful career in marine science with tremendous strength in collaboration across science, engineering, education and outreach. A regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized leader in marine science, SOSE comprises two academic divisions (Marine Science and Coastal Science), several R&D centers (Hydrographic Science Research Center, Center for Fisheries Research and Development, and Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center), and a fleet of research vessels. SOSE is rapidly expanding with a Center for Ocean Enterprise just breaking ground in October 2019 and a regional-class R/V funded by NSF to be delivered in 2022.

Division of Marine Sciences offers graduate and undergraduate programs across traditional marine science emphasis areas in biological, physical, chemical and geological oceanography, as well as hydrographic science and ocean engineering. The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and the M.S. degree in Hydrographic Science are delivered at the NASA Stennis Space Center, where Marine Science faculty benefit from close working relationships with a number of on-site federal agencies, including the Naval Research Laboratory-Stennis Space Center, the Naval Oceanographic Office, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the USGS and NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center. The Marine Science and Ocean Engineering B.S. degree programs are delivered at the USM Gulf Coast Campus in Long Beach, MS, at USM’s main campus in Hattiesburg, MS, as well as at the recently opened USM Marine Research Center, which features a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in oceanography, biological oceanography, or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with post-doctoral experience, and a demonstrated record of scholarship, service, grant development, communication, and commitment to diversity. The successful candidates are expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program, maintain a strong publication record, advise students, and provide outstanding teaching in their field of specialization. The successful candidate should also demonstrate the potential to contribute across disciplines and promote the continued interdisciplinary growth of the academic and research programs within SOSE. Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, including a research plan, teaching philosophy with a curricular plan, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least four references. References will not be contacted until later stages of the search. Salary packages will be nationally competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications must be submitted online at: https://usm.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=1255&site=1. For inquiries about the position, contact Xiaodong Zhang, Chair of the Search Committee, at 1-228-688-3178 or Xiaodong.Zhang@usm.edu. Review of applications begins 1 February 2020 and continues until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2020. The successful candidate will be required to pass a NASA background security check to work at Stennis Space Center, and a USM employment background check.

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.

26 November 2019: NASA Earth Science Division Director, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA

NASA Earth Science Division Director, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA


The incumbent serves as the Director of the Earth Science Division (ESD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), reporting to the Associate Administrator (AA). The incumbent is responsible for the implementation of ESD’s annual budget of approximately $1.9 billion.

To view the detailed position description and qualifications and apply for this position, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/552569500

18 November 2019: Software Engineer at NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Software Engineer at NASA/GSFC, USA

SAIC has an opening for an experienced software engineer to support the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (OEL) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  This position will perform web site and database development to support scientific satellite data product distribution and information dissemination for the OEL.  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 1927334.

9 October 2019: Postdoctoral Fellow in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, Eawag (Lausanne) and University of Zurich, Switzerland

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems. The Department of Surface Waters – Research and Management (Surf) is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow in hyperspectral remote sensing of lake water quality.

The aim of this position is to explore the use of automated optical ground measurements and hydrodynamic simulations for the development of a new water quality retrieval algorithm for hyperspectral data. The position is part of a collaboration between Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and the University of Zurich.

Since summer 2019, measurements of inherent and apparent optical properties are recorded several times a day nearby a research platform in Lake Geneva (www.lexplore.ch), while hydrodynamic circulation is simulated with an operational 3D hydrodynamic model (www.meteolakes.ch). Remote sensing of water quality parameters is typically limited by assumptions concerning optical properties and their vertical homogeneity. Using automated measurements and simulations, we can replace current assumptions with qualified information and consequently enable better remote sensing algorithms.

We are looking for a motivated person at the post-doc level who will be involved in the following tasks:
• Development of a processing chain for hyperspectral data using existing methods
• Investigate relationships between vertical density gradients and optical
• Identify spectral features that are sensitive to optical non-uniformities
• Implement and validate a retrieval algorithm that exploits hyperspectral, ground measured and simulated data at once

The successful candidate will have a PhD in remote sensing, data science, or similar. He will have an in-depth understanding of statistical analysis and excellent programming skills (e.g. Python, Matlab). Proficient spoken and written English, good organizational skills and an independent working style are required.

Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled. Applications must include a motivation letter and a CV. The period of appointment is 12 months with the option to extend by another 18 months, starting as agreed upon. Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.

For further information please contact Dr Daniel Odermatt, E-mail daniel.odermatt@eawag.ch.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please click the link below to take you directly to the application form:


4 October 2019: Assistant/Associate/Full Research Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Pierce, FL. USA.

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/.

Minimum Qualification: 

  • 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.

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