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Position: Scientist
Location: Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Date Posted: 27 May 2016
Closing Date: 17 June 2016

The Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks a scientist with expertise in coupled global and regional physical-biogeochemical modeling and a strong interest in the assimilation of satellite ocean color products into these models. The individual will pursue hypothesis-driven research and will extend model capabilities through assimilation of satellite-derived ocean color products beyond the traditional chlorophyll retrievals. The scientist will lead sensitivity analyses designed to drive improvements in the ocean color products and to facilitate the development of new products. The position is expected to interact with atmospheric and hydrologic modeling groups within GSFC and the general community. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded research program.

The above position is intended for a civil servant hire and is open to U.S.A. citizens and green card holder. A Ph.D. or equivalent experience in Earth sciences or related discipline is highly desirable. Interested scientists should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research interests, funding history, and names and contact information for three professional references to Carlos E. Del Castillo (carlos.e.delcastillo@nasa.gov) by June 17, 2016. NASA GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Position: Engineer position in statistics to work on phytoplankton and ocean dynamics decadal variability
Location: IRD Tahiti, French Polynesia
Date Posted: 10 May 2016

Project: PHYTOplankton DEcadal Variability (PHYTODEV)

Objectives: The PhytoDeV project aims to investigate the phytoplankton time variability at (past and future) decadal and longer time scales and the underpinning physical processes in the Global Ocean. To answer these questions and fully apprehend oceanic and phytoplankton dynamics at the decadal scale, observations have to be available over sufficiently long time series at the basin scale (i.e., via remote sensing). However, radiometric ocean color observations are only available over the last 20 years (1997-2016). In addition, modeling the decadal variability of biological compartments remains uncertain.

Here an innovative method is proposed to overcome these obstacles. The underlying idea is that the distribution of phytoplankton is to a large extent controlled by physical process and that a statistical model can be constructed using observed physical satellite and in situ data. The question is to best construct a statistical model based on these variables. A number of options are possible. These methods range from classical multivariate methods (e.g GLMs) to non-linear methods (e.g GAMs, neural network, SVM etc…). In any case, the fellow will explore a number of linear to non linear Statistical Models using the physical parameters to explain phytoplankton data.

Desired skills and experience Given the task of the PhytoDev project:

  1. formatting a coherent dataset for observed satellite and in situ data to fit the satellite chlorophyll
  2. implementing a series of statistical models to perform these fits
  3. manipulating the series of model outputs from analyses to climate change simulations
We are seeking for an engineer position. The candidate will have an engineer degree with a good background in statistics and few years of experience or a PhD.

Workplace and Financial Support
The position will be based at IRD Tahiti, French Polynesia in the UMR EIO (Ecosystèmes Insulaires Océaniens, FORDIV team, wwz.ifremer.fr/umr_eio/Equipes/Equipe-4-FORDIV). The fellow will be under the supervision of Dr. Elodie Martinez, who is a research scientist at IRD-EIO and in collaboration with several researchers from EIO and from the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (Dr. J. Uitz), Georgia Tech Institute (Pr E. DiLorenzo) and LOCEAN (Drs C. Menkes and M. Lengaigne). The position is funded by the CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) for 1 year (possibly to 1,5) for the first step of the project. According to the first results, an extend for another 1,5 year will be asked to apply these methods to climate projections. The annual salary is currently €32K (with no supplemental taxes).

Beginning: 1st of August 2016

To apply: Applicants should send the following information:

  • A cover letter explaining how the candidate meets the essential selection criteria;
  • A Curriculum vitae;
  • A brief statement of research interests;
  • Names and contact information of three references.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Elodie Martinez, elodie.martinez@ird.fr Tél.: +689 87 22 55 90
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, BP529, 98713 Papeete, Polynésie française


Position: Four positions in the Remote Sensing and Satellite Research group (RSSRG)
Location: Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
Date Posted: 6 May 2016

The remote sensing & satellite research group (RSSRG) at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, is seeking qualified candidates to fill a PhD, a Post-doc and 2 technical staff positions. The RSSRG is currently developing new bio-optics and satellite ocean colour remote sensing activities in the Southern Ocean and near Perth. These positions are opened thanks to grants obtained from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). For more information, contact Prof. David Antoine, at david.antoine@curtin.edu.au. If you do so, please indicate which position you are referring to in your email subject. Applications to the PhD scholarship can be sent directly by email to D. Antoine. Applications to the other positions MUST however be made through the “jobs at Curtin” website, following the links provided below for each specific position. Please DO NOT send applications to these positions via email.

  • Position [1] 2.5-year post-Doctoral position [March 2017 – August 2019]
    This position is linked to a 4-year project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) discovery scheme. The goal is to elucidate why bio-optical properties of the Southern Ocean are different as compared to other regions by analysing a unique data set of optical, bio-optical and biogeochemical parameters to be collected by the “Polar POD” expedition (www.jeanlouisetienne.com/polarpod/EN/index.cfm). Ultimately, this should lead to better interpretation of satellite ocean colour observations in this vastly under sampled ocean, and to analysis of temporal changes in phytoplankton amounts and in their community composition from seasonal to decadal scales. The project involves several partner institutes: the CSIRO, the University of Tasmania (Australia), the NASA/GSFC and the University of Maine (USA), CNRS (France), and University of Sherbrooke (Canada). The work will also benefit from data to be collected from the “Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition”, which is a 3-month research voyage around the Southern Ocean for which RSSRG is funded (20th December 2016 - 20th March 2017; See actu.epfl.ch/news/newly-created-swiss-polar-institute-to-launch-an-a/). The post-Doctoral fellow will work with D. Antoine at Curtin, on the characterisation of bio-optical properties in the Southern Ocean and on the development of ocean colour remote sensing algorithms applicable to the Southern Ocean. "Anomalous" optical properties (i.e., optical properties that do not conform to general Chlorophyll-based bio-optical models) have been already identified locally in the Southern Ocean. It remains unknown whether these anomalies are ubiquitous in the Southern Ocean, and whether they are permanent or seasonal. The vastly expanded dataset arising from the PolarPOD and ACE expeditions, combined with data from BioArgo profiling floats and historical data will allow these questions to be addressed. Once improved knowledge of the bio-optics of the southern ocean is translated into more accurate bio-optical algorithms, it can be applied to past, current and future satellite ocean colour observations, opening the possibility to properly assess inter-annual and decadal changes in the phytoplankton biomass of the southern ocean. Apply by following this link.

  • Position [2] PhD scholarship [October 2016 – October 2019]
    This PhD position is funded by Curtin University in support to our Australian Research Council (ARC) “discovery project” aiming at understanding bio-optical properties in the Southern Ocean, and at deriving better information on phytoplankton from satellite ocean colour remote sensing in this remote, yet critically important oceanic region. The selected student will be supervised by Prof. D. Antoine and will work closely with the post-Doctoral fellow (position described above) and interact with other staff members involved in the project. The subject includes evaluation of current and future satellite products in the Southern Ocean, in comparison to the field observations that the project plans to collect (which may include the evaluation of atmospheric correction algorithms). The remote sensing reflectances (Rrs) spectral properties (e.g., shape and band ratios) will be analysed as a function of different regimes (in terms of Chl and optical properties) to evaluate how they differ from either their average for given sets of Rrs measurements, or from predictions of bio-optical models established for the global ocean. These anomalies also referred to as the second-order variability of Rrs, will be analysed in relation to IOPs, phytoplankton pigments and community composition in order to understand their causes. The candidate may also be proposed to participate to one leg (1 month) of the “Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition” (ACE) described in position 3 below. Candidates for this PhD position must have a Masters degree, ideally including some work on bio-optics and ocean colour.

  • Position [3] 1-year technical staff position, Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition [Oct 2016 – September 2017]
    The proposed position represents a unique and exciting opportunity to participate to the “Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition” (ACE). The ACE consists of a 3-month (20th December 2016 - 20th March 2017) scientific navigation around the Southern ocean on-board a research icebreaker, with stops on many of the subantarctic islands along the route. Major stops for crew and equipment rotations will be in Cape Town (start and end of the voyage), Hobart and Punta Arenas. A team of international scientists has been selected to be part of this expedition, which combines oceanography of the southern ocean and ecology on subantarctic islands. See actu.epfl.ch/news/newly-created-swiss-polar-institute-to-launch-an-a/. The proposed position consists in preparing the voyage [October-November 2016], participating to it [At least one leg, i.e., 1 month, possibly two and ideally the entire expedition], and then working on the data quality control and processing. The data we plan to collect include in particular inherent optical properties (absorption, attenuation, backscattering), chlorophyll fluorescence, above-water radiometry, phytoplankton pigments, total suspended matter, and particulate organic carbon. Most of the data will be collected along the ship route using a flow-through system. The project involves several partners institutes: the CSIR Cape Town (South Africa), NASA/GSFC, the Australian CSIRO, the University of Tasmania (Australia), the University of Maine (USA), CNRS (France), and the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). Apply by following this link.

  • Position [4] 2-year technical staff position, for an immediate start
    This position is linked to projects funded from both the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). The ARC grant was obtained to purchase and deploy a profiling mooring off Perth, in shallow (~60m) waters about 10 nm from the coast. This profiling mooring will be equipped with radiometers, absorption/attenuation and backscattering meters, chlorophyll fluorescence, variable fluorescence (FRRF), temperature/salinity/oxygen, and pCO2 measurements. The goals are 1) to understand the dynamics of bio-optical properties of coastal waters off Western Australia and, 2) to assess the diurnal signals of these properties, and to use them as proxies of the ecosystem productivity. These parameters will be related to satellite ocean colour observations in order to extend what is learnt locally at larger scale. A secondary objective is to provide radiometry measurements for validation of reflectances provided by new satellite ocean colour missions, in particular the ESA “OLCI” instrument onboard the Sentinel3A satellite. The position will consist in managing entirely the preparation, deployment and maintenance of the profiling mooring, as well as the data processing, in collaboration with the project partners. The other task included here and related to IMOS consists in carrying out intercomparison exercises using a variety of field radiometers, both in the lab and in the field. Apply Apply by following this link.


Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Location: Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS, Canada
Date Posted: 3 May 2016
Closing Date: 25 May 2016

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship is being offered at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada), to work on remote sensing of phytoplankton size distribution in relation phytoplankton taxonomic groups and biogeochemical functions in the Northwest Atlantic. Applicants should have a strong knowledge of the principles of marine optics, phytoplankton ecology and applications of satellite ocean colour radiometry. The objectives of the work are to assess the performance of existing satellite-based algorithms to derive information on phytoplankton function and develop new approaches based on optical considerations.

The successful candidate should be experienced in R programming at the minimum. Experience using other programming languages (e.g., python, C, Fortran) would be an asset. He/she must also be willing to participate in national and international conferences to report on research results to DFO resource management clients, and to collaborate with science clients on stock assessment applications of remote sensing products. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in research cruises to contribute to the collection of data related to his/her tasks.

Interested candidates should sent a cover letter and a resume to Emmanuel.Devred@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, with a cc to Catherine.Johnson@dfo-mpo.gc.ca by the 25 of May 2016.


Position: Tenure Track Group Leader in Aquatic Physics
Location: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Date Posted: 14 April 2016
Closing Date: 15 June 2016

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 con-ducts 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 Surface Waters – Research and Management (SURF) has an open position for a Tenure Track Group Leader in Aquatic Physics to conduct research that focuses on understanding processes and quantifying rates and fluxes in sur-face waters with a focus on lakes, reservoirs and rivers and to contribute to fulfilling Eawag’s mandate in education and expert consulting.

The new group leader is expected to extend our small-scale expertise to large-scale and three-dimensional processes and build an independent research program. She or he will be supported through collaborations with excellent research groups in sedimentology, biogeochemistry, ecology, re-mote sensing and modelling within the department and the interdisciplinary research environment of Eawag. Joint supervision of PhD and MSc students is supported through cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zürich (ETH) and Lausanne (EPFL). Via our partners, hydrological, meteorological and remotely sensed data as well as high performance computing are available.

The successful candidate should have:

  • a PhD in environmental sciences or engineering, environmental fluid dynamics, lim-nology and oceanography or a related field
  • an excellent research record related to aquatic physics
  • interest in developing a strong academic research program in an interdisciplinary en-vironment with a focus on large-scale physical processes and modelling
  • excellent skills in communication and interdisciplinary teamwork
  • excellent command of English and competence (or a willingness to develop compe-tence) in one of the Swiss national languages The candidate’s application must include:
  • a brief letter of application that includes the motivation of the application for this posi-tion and a description of his or her experience in relevant fields of aquatic physics
  • a curriculum vitae including the list of publications
  • academic transcripts/record
  • names and contact information for at least three academic references
Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal oppor-tunities 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 information, about the department please consult www.eawag.ch/en/department/SURF/ and for further information about the position, please contact Dr C. Schubert (carsten.schubert@eawag.ch) or Prof. Dr A. Wüest (alfred.wueest@eawag.ch).

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2016.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please submit your application via the Eawag Jobs & Career webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. The link below will take you directly to the application form. apply.refline.ch/673277/0431/pub/1/index.html


Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Remote Sensing of Coastal Waters
Location: University of Maryland / NASA GSFC
Date Posted: 30 March 2016
Closing Date: 10 May 2016

Description:

We are seeking applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to work on NASA-funded projects. The potential applicants will have a strong background in remote sensing and is preferred to be an expert in one of the following areas: atmospheric correction of ocean color imagery, semi-analytical bio-optical modeling, physical/geometric optics, or hyperspectral data mining/processing. The research focus is on algorithm developments for the existing moderate resolution images (i.e., Landsat) and for future NASA ocean color missions. The successful applicant is expected to be fluent in one/two programming language(s) (e.g., IDL/Python/C++). The incumbent is expected to be willing to contribute to the field of coastal/ocean color (optics) in the form of presentations at scientific conferences and/or peer-review publications.

This is a one-year term but can be extended up to three years depending on a satisfactory annual performance. The incumbent will be based at either NASA Goddard Space Flight Center or the University of Maryland.

US citizenship is not required.

If interested or have any questions, please send your resume to Dr. Nima Pahlevan (http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/nima.pahlevan)


Position: Research Assistant in Ocean Colour Remote Sensing
Location: University Laval, Québec, Canada
Date Posted: 24 March 2016
Closing Date: 22 April 2016

The Takuvik Joint International Laboratory is seeking a motivated and qualified research assistant to join its remote sensing group, at University Laval, Québec, Canada. Takuvik encompasses the Canada Excellence Research Chair on remote sensing of the Canada’s new Arctic frontier (www.cerc-arctic.ulaval.ca) lead by Pr. Marcel Babin. The laboratory focuses its research on biogeochemical cycles in a rapidly changing Arctic Ocean using a wide range of tools ranging from in situ instrumentation to satellite earth Observation. The position is initially offered for one year with a possibility of renewal on a yearly basis up to 4 years. The remote sensing group is responsible for processing and distribution of Earth Observation data (including but not limited to Ocean Colour) and development of algorithms dedicated to ocean-colour observation in the Arctic.

The successful candidate must have experience in marine optics and satellite data processing and possess a good understanding of ocean colour theory and application. The research associate will provide expertise to collaborators in the elaboration and application of ocean colour algorithms; develop and operate algorithms to extract ocean colour data for past and current sensors, including MERIS, SeaWiFS and MODIS aqua; write report and contribute to the dissemination of results.

Applicants with a Masters degree or a PhD will be considered. Note that salary and detailed tasks required by the position will be adapted to the successful candidates diploma and experience. Fluency in French and English is an asset.

Please send your application including a cover letter and CV to Debra Christiansen-Stowe (debra.christiansen-stowe@takuvik.ulaval.ca). All applications must be submitted by April 22th 2016. Our ideal starting date would be September 1st 2016.


Position: Satellite Services Manager
Location: Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
Date Posted: 23 March 2016
Closing Date: 31 March 2016 at 17:00 BST
Salary Range: £50-55K + Bonus Opportunity

Full Time - Open-Ended Appointment.

Job Purpose: To manage and grow the PML portfolio of Satellite Earth Observation (EO) data services, coordinating, overseeing and managing a team engaged in the ongoing operation and future development of production systems and services. Key Deliverables:

  1. Manage and grow EO services at PML primarily within the European Copernicus services.
  2. Develop EO services with a view to commercialisation via PML Applications Ltd.
  3. Manage and mentor a team to ensure maximum performance and delivery of project outcomes.
  4. . Manage EO technical developments and chair technical development meetings, prioritising and coordinating common development strands across EO projects and ensuring that developments potentially applicable to the operational systems meet the standards.
  5. Act as the point of contact between EO group/computing-support to ensure effective communication.

Experience and Eligibility Requirements:

  • A track record in project management and ability to describe and deliver sound project management methodology;
  • Experience in commercial development of services;
  • Either a degree or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline;
  • Experience in people management;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience of large scale data processing ideally batching-processing clusters, or HPC or cloud usage;
  • Sufficient understanding of the concepts of coding; systems and networks to be able to manage others.

For additional information please contact Mrs E Hamilton-Matthews, Human Resources Group, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, Plymouth, PL1 3DH. Tel: +44 (0)1752 633100 or Email: careers@pml.ac.uk

Online application at: https://advanced.advorto.com/PML/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=19058.


Position: Marine Earth Observation Applications Scientist: Senior Appointment
Location: Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
Date Posted: 23 March 2016
Closing Date: 20 April 2016 at 17:00 BST
Salary Range: from £45,625, negotiable for the right candidate

Fulltime – Open-Ended Appointment

Job Purpose: The EO group at PML has an excellent international reputation for marine EO research, application of research results and operation of services derived from the research, primarily in the area of Ocean Colour. PML is seeking to appoint a senior scientist to develop and grow marine EO applications in an area complementary to existing PML strengths. The postholder will undertake research into, and develop, EO applications which would be commercialised through PML Applications Ltd. The area of EO research should be relevant to PML priority research topics. Key Deliverables:

  1. Develop and grow marine EO applications in an area complementary to existing PML EO strengths through writing successful commissioned research proposals.
  2. Develop EO applications with a view to commercialisation via PML Applications Ltd.
  3. Publish high-quality, high-impact science in the peer-reviewed literature.
  4. Manage commissioned research projects and associated resources including staff.

Experience & Eligibility Requirements:

  • A track record in winning and managing significant commissioned research projects in marine Earth Observation
  • An existing network of collaborators
  • An extensive track record in publishing high-quality, high-impact science
  • Experience in commercial development of science
  • A PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
  • A background in managing people and resources
  • Excellent IT and communication skills.

For additional information please contact Mrs E Hamilton-Matthews, Human Resources Group, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, Plymouth, PL1 3DH. Tel: +44 (0)1752 633100 or Email: careers@pml.ac.uk

Online application at: https://advanced.advorto.com/pml/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=19127


Position: Postdoctoral Fellows in Marine Optics
Location: ICBM, Wilhelmshaven (part of University of Oldenburg), Germany
Date Posted: 10 March 2016
Deadline: 18 April 2016

Description:

The Marine Sensor Systems group at the ICBM (Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment), Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg in Wilhelmshaven, offers a 4-year Postdoc-position in Marine Optics within an interdisciplinary consortium of marine physicists, biologists and oceanographic modelers working in the project “Coastal Ocean Darkening” (COD) financed by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. A short description of the project can be found at: icbm.de/en/scientific-projects/coastal-ocean-darkening/

Marine Sensor Systems research group is coordinating the COD project and is responsible for performing hyperspectral light field measurements in different areas (e.g. North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Arctic) and developing parameterizations of light availability in coastal waters, as a link towards historic observations and modeling scenarios. Additional responsibilities include outreach activities and typical management tasks.

We are looking for a candidate holding an academic university degree (Master or Diploma) and a PhD in earth or environmental sciences or a closely related subject, in each and every case with a marine focus and practical experience in bio-optical studies. Knowledge in marine optics using state-of-the-art equipment like hyperspectral sensors for inherent and/or apparent optical properties is mandatory. Additionally, experience with ocean color satellite information is favorable. It is also expected that the candidate is experienced in preparing and performing marine expeditions and is willing and capable in doing so within the course of the project. The candidate should have a strong expertise in computing languages (e.g. MATLAB, R, Python), data analysis, working in international collaborative projects and ideally be prolific in disseminating research results in peer-reviewed journals and other outreach channels.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increase the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance to § 21 Section 3 NHG, female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. People with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified.

Please send your application including a cover letter, copies of your certificates, a list of your 10 most relevant publications and a CV as a single pdf-file not exceeding 10 MByte via e-mail to our team assistant Mrs. Ursel Gerken (ursel.gerken@uni-oldenburg.de) and in copy to the principal investigator Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski (oliver.zielinski@uni-oldenburg.de). All applications must be submitted by April 18th 2016. Our ideal starting date would be August 1st 2016.


Position: 5 Postdoctoral Fellows in Baltic Sea Research and in Plant Sciences
Location: Stockholm University, Sweden
Date Posted: 7 March 2016
Deadline: 30 April 2016

Description:

The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP) at Stockholm University conducts research and education in an international environment. Its subject areas are marine ecology, marine ecotoxicology, plant ecology, plant physiology and plant systematics. The research is both basic and applied, often with a broad and interdisciplinary approach. About 150 people work at the department, including some 30 teachers or senior researchers, 10 postdocs and 60 PhD students. We are now recruiting: 3 Postdoctoral Fellows in Baltic Sea Research, for example including any of the following topics:

  • Benthic - pelagic coupling
  • Mitigation of marine anthropogenic effects
  • Climate change effects on the Baltic Sea ecosystem
  • Baltic Sea biodiversity
  • Coastal-offshore interactions
2 Postdoctoral Fellows in Plant Sciences, for example including any of the following topics:
  • Benthic - pelagic coupling
  • Plant evolution
  • Interactions between plants and other organisms
  • Climate change effects on plant phenology and distribution
  • Plant growth and development
Each position will be linked to the research group of one of the professors, associate professors or assistant professors at the department (www.su.se/deep). You should therefore first contact the group leader whose group you wish to join (a) to enquire whether this person would be interested to include you in his/her research group and (b) to discuss and formulate your project proposal. For further information and how to apply please follow this link. If you would like to link Baltic Sea/coastal remote sensing with any of the above topics, especially applications that involve the use of MERIS, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 data, please contact Susanne.Kratzer@su.se


Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Biogeochemical modelling and ocean colour observations, CSIRO
Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Date Posted: 24 February 2016
Deadline: 13 March 2016, 11:59pm AEDT
Salary Range: $78K - $88K (AUD) pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 years

Description:

CSIRO offers PhD graduates an opportunity to launch their scientific careers through our Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme. Successful applicants will work with leaders in a field of science and receive personal development and learning opportunities.

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.

The successful candidate will work in an established team of optical and biogeochemical modellers to lead novel developments in the coupling of optical and biogeochemical coastal models, with an emphasis on Great Barrier Reef waters. In particular, she/he will use remotely-sensed ocean colour observations for both model assessment and data assimilation.

Further details and to apply online:

jobs.csiro.au/job/Hobart%2C-TAS-OCE-Postdoctoral-Fellow-Biogeochemical-modelling-and-ocean-colour-observations/312079800/


Position: Refinement of Landsat/Sentinel-2 Water Quality Products
Location: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
Date Posted: 24 February 2016

Description: A research participation training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). This appointment will be served with the Exposure Methods and Measurements Division (EMMD) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

This research project is part of a larger collaborative effort between the U.S. EPA, NASA, NOAA, and USGS to provide an approach for mainstreaming satellite ocean color capabilities into U.S. fresh and brackish water quality management decisions (see http://bit.ly/1MV7WHT and www.epa.gov/cyanoproject). The project goal is to support the environmental management and public use of U.S. lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries by providing the capability to detect and quantify cyanobacteria blooms using satellite data records.

For further information and how to apply see: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/1850


Position: Scientific Programmer/Analyst
Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
Date Posted: 2 February 2016

SAIC has an opening for an experienced Scientific Programmer/Analyst to support the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. This position will support the analysis, processing, and quality assurance of oceanographic and atmospheric field data used for calibration and validation of ocean color missions. The successful candidate must be eligible for unrestricted access to NASA facilities.

To view the detailed position description and qualifications and apply for this position, please visit the SAIC Careers Site: http://www.saic.com/about/careers and enter Job ID 415464.


Position: Contract Researcher
Location: Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences (RBINS), Brussels, Belgium
Date Posted: 18 January 2016

RBINS has a vacancy for a contract researcher to work on remote sensing of coastal waters, and in particular the FP7/HIGHROC ("High Spatial and Temporal Resolution Ocean Colour products and services") project, http://www.highroc.eu/.

Within HIGHROC we develop and use algorithms to estimate parameters such as the concentrations of chlorophyll a and suspended particulate matter and related parameters. Data from a number of satellites will be processed, including Sentinel-2/MSI, Landsat-8, SEVIRI (geostationary), MODIS, VIIRS, OLCI, etc. A description of our remote sensing activities can be found at http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/remsem/.

For more information and how to apply see: http://www.ioccg.org/HIGHROC2016_IOCCG.pdf


Position: PhD Fellowship in marine optics
Location: Oceanology and Geosciences Laboratory, Wimereux, France
Date Posted: 12 January 2016

Title: The organic carbon from the ocean colour remote-sensing: particulate, dissolved and phytoplanktonic ratio.

Description: The "Remote Sensing and Hydrodynamic" team at the Oceanology and Geosciences laboratory (http://log.cnrs.fr/) in France is seeking applications for a three-year PhD fellowship. The first objective will consist in deriving from space the phytoplankton component of the POC (Cphyto) in the open ocean. This topic is one of the priorities of the ocean colour community because the knowledge of the ratio of the phytoplankton carbon to the chlorophyll content is required to improve the biogeochemical models used to study the phytoplankton dynamics. This work will build on the previous methods developed by Sathyendranath et al. (2009) and Martinez-Vincente et al. (2008). These methods were established from in situ measurements in geographically limited regions. So firstly, they will be tested on a large dataset over the global open ocean. Secondly, the variability around the mean relationships will be studied according to the environmental forcing and some method improvements will be proposed.

The second objective will consist in developing an algorithm to derive the Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) from space. For instance, studies about DOC estimates are limited to coastal areas. The knowledge of the DOC content is important as the DOC is linked to the primary production. Moreover, DOC stands for about 70% of the production of the microbial loop. Note that, POC, Cphyto and DOC algorithms will be adapted to the data of the future sensor OLCI (Sentinel-3).

The third objective is about comparisons between POC, Cphyto and DOC derived from space and numerical computations of PISCES. The “carbon” products derived from remote-sensed data will allow to validate independently the carbon pools as simulated by PISCES. The spatial and temporal coverage of remote-sensed data will allow to constrain the spatial and temporal variability of simulations. This work will permit to validate outputs of PISCES but also remote-sensing products. Physical and biogeochemical mechanisms could be then studied using PISCES to explain the observed trends.

The different products will be generated on the different archives provided by the GlobColour project (merging MODIS SeaWiFS, MERIS, et VIIRS). Long- term trends will be studied for each parameters and the temporal variability will be investigated according to physical forcing. This subject takes place in the framework of the oceanic carbon cycle and the use of ocean color data. It will be realized in collaboration with the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement.

The candidate should be highly motivated in remote sensing data processing, modeling and statistical analysis. Programming skills are required (e.g., Matlab, Python, R, Fortran, C…). The project will be conducted under the supervision of Prof. Hubert Loisel, and co-directed by Dr. Lucile Duforêt-Gaurier. Please apply by sending an email to Lucile Duforet-Gaurier including a curriculum vitae, a cover letter and the names and addresses of at least three referees. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Lucile Duforet-Gaurier
Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences, UMR LOG, CNRS, ULCO, Lille1
32, avenue Foch, 62930 Wimereux, France
Email: lucile.duforet@cnrs.fr


Position: Research Oceanographer, AST, Oceanographic Studies
Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Date Posted: 12 January 2016
Salary Range: $92,145- $141,555
Deadline: 12 February 2016

Description:

The Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Earth Sciences Division, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks a scientist with expertise in coupled global and regional physical-biogeochemical modeling and a strong interest in the assimilation of satellite ocean color products into these models. The individual will pursue hypothesis-driven research and will extend model capabilities through assimilation of satellite-derived ocean color products beyond the traditional chlorophyll retrievals. The scientist will lead sensitivity analyses designed to drive improvements in the ocean color products and to facilitate the development of new products. The position is expected to interact with atmospheric and hydrologic modeling groups within GSFC and the general community. The selected candidate will be expected to successfully propose research projects to NASA Research Announcements and other applicable research proposal solicitations.

Candidates having extensive experience in ocean color remote sensing is desired. U.S. Citizenship is required. A PhD or equivalent experience in Earth sciences or related discipline is highly desirable.

To view the full vacancy announcement, which contains further information including qualification requirements and application instructions, go to: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/426054100

Applications must be received by February 12, 2016 via the USAJobs website. For additional information, please contact Carlos Del Castillo, Chief/Ocean Ecology Laboratory, at carlos.e.delcastillo@nasa.gov.

NASA GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Position: Two Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions
Location: University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, UK
Date Posted: 7 January 2016
Salary Range: £33K - £55K
Deadline: 03 February 2016

Description:

The University of Exeter is looking to recruit TWO Lecturer and/or Senior Lecturers (possible salary range approx. £33K - £55K) in Physical Geography (Education & Research). The new appointments will be based at the Penryn campus in Cornwall.

We are interested in applicants whose work and expertise focuses on any aspect of physical geography and physical interdisciplinary sciences.

We are particularly looking to build upon existing strengths in some or all of these areas:

  • Remote sensing (of all spheres of the Earth system)
  • Geographic information systems and science
  • Environmental modelling
  • Landscape geomorphology
  • Environmental change; and hydrology
The vacancy can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/zqx87xa

Deadline for applications is 03 February 2016


Position: Marine Earth Observation Scientists and Developers
Location: Plymouth, UK
Date Posted: 19 November 2015
Deadline: 27 Nov. 2015 at 12:00 GMT
Starting Salary Range: £30k - £40k
Full time - Open Ended Appointments and One-year Fixed Term Appointments

Job Purpose: As a result of continued success in earning funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the European Commission and the European Space Agency, PML has a number of open-ended and one year positions available to work within Remote Sensing, one of our fastest growing groups. The group comprises a multi-disciplinary team of scientists with expertise in remote-sensing, physics, meteorology, engineering, computer vision and computer science. The post-holders will undertake research and development on Ocean Colour projects at PML involving one or more of the following tasks:

  1. Lead development and implementation of systems for processing and analysis of Sentinel-3 ocean and land colour imager (OLCI) data for near-real time and archived observation of ocean colour around the UK, N Atlantic and globally.
  2. Contribute to product development and to support data requests, e.g. providing advice on use of data sets.
  3. Analyse and publish results from the ocean colour systems.
  4. Assist with improvement and maintenance of existing ocean colour data processing systems for NASA MODIS, NOAA VIIRS and former sensors, including organising large-scale reprocessing. Maintain necessary external codebases in our existing ocean colour data processing systems, such as NASA's SeaDAS, exploring other packages as needed.
Experience & Eligibility Requirements: You will either have a PhD or 3+ years post-graduate experience in a numerate or scientific discipline. Ideally with experience in Earth Observation data processing and handling. You must have proven experience and skills in computer programming (e.g. C, Python, Java, IDL), preferably in a Linux environment. You will have excellent team and interpersonal skills and be able to manage time and priorities.

Apply online at: advanced.advorto.com/pml/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=18927#.VjnXSp1FBaQ

Closing date: 1200hrs GMT on Friday 27th November 2015


Position: Postdoctoral Scientist
Location: Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Bermuda
Date Posted: 3 November 2015
Deadline: 23 November 2015

BIOS seeks a postdoctoral candidate to conduct research in remote sensing of coral reef ecology and biogeochemistry. This position is part of a multi-institution, interdisciplinary investigation to study the relationship between coral reef condition and environmental forcing parameters at the ecosystem scale. Full-time residency in Bermuda is required by the successful candidate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research in remote sensing of coral reef ecology and biogeochemistry
  • Computer modeling, laboratory experiments, and field expeditions to select Atlantic and Pacific reef sites
  • This position will additionally involve publication, proposal writing, and supervision of undergraduate interns
Qualifications
  • Ph.D in oceanography, marine biology or closely related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Cross-disciplinary background in oceanography, coral reel science and remote sensing, especially imaging spectroscopy
  • Experience modeling radiative transfer and conducting in-water optical measurements is a plus
  • Advanced SCUBA diving certification, including present or past (within five years) AAUS
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English are a must
Interested candidates should email their applications including a cover letter, resume/CV and three references to:

HR Manager, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
17 Biological Station, St. George’s GE01, Bermuda
Email: HR@bios.edu

Closing Date: 23 November 2015

BIOS is an equal opportunity employer and operates a drug-free workplace and learning environment.


Position: Two Postdoctoral positions
Location: Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany
Date Posted: 30 October 2015
Deadline: 22 November 2015

In the interdisciplinary project IPSO (Improving the prediction of photophysiology in the Southern Ocean by accounting for iron limitation, optical properties and spectral satellite data information) funded internally by AWI we aim at improving the model formulation of the biogeochemical model REcoM, developed at AWI, coupled to the ocean circulation model MITgcm. The project is a close cooperation of the section Marine Biogeosciences and the working group Scientific Computing.

Post Doc 1 in Scientific Computing group will implement a data assimilation system for the assimilation of satellite ocean color data with the coupled ocean-ecosystem model REcoM-MITgcm and the data assimilation software PDAF, and study the optimization of model parameters of the ecosystem model component, in particular for the photophysiology using data assimilation experiments. The full announcement can be viewed here as well as online: Post doc on ocean color assimilation.

Post Doc 2 in the section Marine Biogeosciences will work on the improvement of the coupled REcoM-MITgcm model by accounting for a spectrally resolved underwater light field and its interaction with photoacclimation, iron limitation and species composition. The full announcement can be found here as well as online: Post Doc on biogeochemical model development.


Position: PhD/MSc Scholarship - Validation of Sentinel-3 OLCI
Location: University of Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted: 27 October 2015
Deadline: 30 November 2015

The launch of the Sentinel-3 Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI) in late 2015 provides many opportunities for observing water from space. There is a need to perform quantitative validation of OLCI through the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-3 Validation team. The South African S3-Val team will collect crucial in situ data on water leaving reflectance and bio-optical properties to validate and develop products and algorithms for OLCI for inland waters. The research candidate will assist with collection of remotely sensed and bio-optical datasets in the field, analysis in the laboratory, algorithm development and validation of satellite products. Instrumentation available through the CSIR include: ASD, Satlantic and C-OPS radiometers; AC-S and BB-9; Coulter Counter; Hamatsu spectrophotometer; filtration equipment. Use of radiative transfer model (Hydrolight) and numerical programming skills (Python and/or Matlab) are required in the case of a PhD. The candidate will have opportunity to author publications of the results in scientific journals.

The research candidate will register for a PhD or MSc in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. The candidate will receive funding through a nationally funded project called “The integration of Earth Observation into the National Eutrophication Monitoring Programme”, a groundbreaking collaborative research project involving UCT, the South African National Space Agency, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The candidate will be expected to conduct independent research under the supervision of UCT and CSIR scientists, Dr. Mark Matthews and Dr. Stewart Bernard.

Eligibility criteria: Applications from suitably qualified students with a Masters or Honours degree in environmental, ocean and atmosphere sciences, and remote sensing, are invited. Backgrounds in ocean colour and bio-optics would be advantageous. The work will be conducted with the S3VaL team in the field and the laboratory and utilize an array of scientific instrumentation provided through the CSIR. Therefore strong organizational and numerical skills are essential, as is the ability to work independently, and lab and instrument experience will be an advantage. The successful candidate:

  • will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postgraduate sector, and
  • may not hold the scholarship and salaried/full-time employment concurrently.
Funding:

The value of the scholarship is R75,000 per annum (with possible top-up up to R115,000 per annum in the case of PhD), renewable for one year on condition of satisfactory academic performance, or two years in the case of a PhD (2016 to 2018). The candidate may also apply for additional funding through UCT or other avenues.

How to apply: To apply please forward a brief CV, certified academic transcripts, and a letter of motivation to cashifa.karriem@uct.ac.za. The closing date for applications is: 30 November 2015

The successful candidate will be expected to register as a full time student at UCT before the end of February 2015. Only the successful candidate will be contacted.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications.
The University of Cape Town reserves the right to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.


Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Location: Brest, France
Date Posted: 26 October 2015
Deadline: 20 November 2015

The CNAM (French State Agency for Education and Research, http://www.cnam.fr) is seeking applications for a 20-months postdoctoral fellowship, beginning February 1, 2016. The candidate will work at SHOM (French State Agency for Hydrography, http://www.shom.fr), on temporal and spatial variability of suspended particulate and chlorophyll a concentrations, with statistical modelling using ocean colour satellite information. Statistical methods involve notably Hidden Markov Models (HMM) and Self-Organising Maps (SOM). Additional information comes from simulation results of hydrodynamical models of suspended sediment and primary production.

The candidate will be part of a team composed of researchers from different labs: SHOM Brest (Frédéric Jourdin), CNAM Paris (Fouad Badran) and LOCEAN Paris (Sylvie Thiria). Also he should have demonstrated ability to work independently. Candidates with knowledge of machine learning methods applied to geophysics are preferred. Programming skills in Matlab, Python or Scilab are required. An additional one-year contract at SHOM is possible.

Please apply by sending an email to Frédéric Jourdin (Email: frederic.jourdin@shom.fr). Also, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact him.


Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Location: Wimereux, France
Date Posted: 22 October 2015
Deadline: 15 December 2015

The "Remote Sensing and Hydrodynamic" team at the Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences (http://log.cnrs.fr/) in France is seeking applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, beginning January 1, 2016. The candidate will work on the evaluation and comparison of atmospheric correction algorithms over optically-complex waters for the SeaWiFS, MODIS and MERIS sensors. This work will be done in the frame of an IOCCG working group headed by Cédric Jamet (ioccg.org/groups/atm_corr.html). The candidate will be in charge of collecting the outputs of the different atmospheric correction algorithms involved in the evaluation, will have to use in-situ and simulated datasets as well as satellite images and may have to run some algorithms. Statistical evaluation will be done. At least, the candidate will participate to sea-field cruises for collecting in-situ datasets (radiometric) for match-ups exercise.

A PhD. at the time of appointment is required. Candidates with knowledge about atmospheric correction and ocean color images processing will be preferred. The position is only for a year. The candidate should be highly motivated and have demonstrated ability to work independently. Programming skills in Matlab, Python and SeaDAS, and strong oral and written communication skills are essential.

Review applications starts now until December 15, 2015. Please apply by sending an email to Cedric Jamet (cedric.jamet@univ-littoral.fr) including a curriculum vitae, a cover letter and the names and addresses of at least three referees. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Cédric Jamet
Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences
32, avenue Foch
62930 Wimereux, France
Email: cedric.jamet@univ-littoral.fr


Position: Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor
Location: University of Exeter, UK
Date Posted: 9 October 2015
Deadline: 21 October 2015

The University of Exeter is looking to recruit for a new Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor (possible salary range approx. £40K - £67K) in Physical Geography (Education & Research). The new appointment will be based at the Penryn campus in Cornwall within the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society.

We are particularly looking to build upon existing strengths in some or all of these areas:

  • Remote sensing (of all spheres of the Earth system)
  • Geographic information systems and science
  • Environmental modelling
  • Landscape geomorphology
  • Environmental change; and hydrology
The vacancy can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1V54yPt.

Deadline for applications is 21 October 2015


Position: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Remote Sensing
Location: Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, USA
Date Posted: 21 September 2015

The Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in remote sensing, beginning on July 1, 2016. We seek candidates that build upon and expand our existing remote sensing group, which is focused in the optical domain. We welcome applicants with expertise in any domain of remote sensing, but encourage applications from candidates with expertise in active or passive microwave, InSAR, LiDAR, thermal, or hyperspectral remote sensing, including airborne remote sensing from aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles. The scientific focus for this position is open, and includes any thematic area related to physical, chemical or biological function of the earth system, including processes in oceans, the atmosphere, or on land. We particularly welcome candidates whose expertise complements our growing program in climate change science.

Opportunities exist for collaboration in many domains, including land change science, natural resource management, crustal and land surface processes, terrestrial ecology, hydrology, and marine sciences. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise graduate research in Ph.D. programs, teach at all levels in the Earth & Environment curriculum, and maintain an externally funded research program. We seek applicants whose research complement strengths in the Department and around the University. For more information about the Department, see www.bu.edu/earth.

A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required. Please apply online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6256, including a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and addresses of at least three referees. Should you have questions about the position, please feel free to contact:

Mark Friedl, Search Committee Chair,
Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215
Email: earth@bu.edu.

Review of applications will begin on Nov 10, 2015. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Position: Remote Sensing Analyst - Western Arctic Centre for Geomatics (two positions).
Location: Aurora Research Institute, Inuvik, Canada
Date Posted: 9 September 2015

The Western Arctic Centre for Geomatics is a new and exciting opportunity with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Housed within the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) in Inuvik, the centre will focus on operationalizing monitoring programs through remote sensing and the development of downstream data products to help inform GNWT management decisions related to land, the environment and economic development.

Reporting to the Coordinator, Western Arctic Centre for Geomatics, the incumbent provides remote sensing products, services and expertise to all Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) departments and agencies in order to assist in the management and monitoring of the environment, wildlife, and the economic development of resources in the NWT. Provides advice, recommendations and leadership in satellite data acquisition and image analysis.

The position is located in Inuvik in the Western Arctic Centre for Geomatics, and is part of the NWT Centre for Geomatics, which is the GNWT’s Centre of Excellence for satellite imagery, geographic databases, and remote sensing and geographic information system (GlS) software, equipment and expertise.

The Remote Sensing Analyst provides standard and custom developed remote sensing products and services to all GNWT departmental personnel in headquarters and the regions in order to assist in the management and monitoring of the environment, wildlife, and the economic development of resources in the NWT.

For a full job description and information on how to apply see http://careers.hr.gov.nt.ca/en/job/12996


Position: Coordinator, Western Arctic Centre for Geomatics
Location: Aurora Research Institute, Inuvik, Canada
Date Posted: 9 September 2015

The Western Arctic Centre for Geomatics is a new and exciting opportunity with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Housed within the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) in Inuvik, the centre will focus on operationalizing monitoring programs through remote sensing and the development of downstream data products to help inform GNWT management decisions related to land, the environment and economic development

The Western Arctic Centre for Geomatics coordinates the remote sensing activities of the NWT Centre for Geomatics. It works to maximize the benefit of remote sensing projects and initiatives for the GNWT through increased coordination of remote sensing projects; the development, implementation and maintenance of operational monitoring programs to support decision making; the promotion, education and outreach on remote sensing and its value to the territory; facilitating collaboration between stakeholders with common interests; the development of new projects and proposals; and pursuing third party funding sources to resource projects and initiatives.

Reporting to the Manager of the NWT Centre for Geomatics, the incumbent is responsible for the management of highly technical professionals, including 2 Remote Sensing Specialists. The incumbent will also participate in coordinating the work of the Remote Sensing Analyst in the NWT Centre for Geomatics.

For a full job description and information on how to apply see http://careers.hr.gov.nt.ca/en/job/12994


Position: Division Chief for Earth Sciences
Location: NASA's Ames Research Center, USA
Date Posted: 2 September 2015

NASA's Ames Research Center, in the heart of Silicon Valley, is seeking a visionary leader and science manager to serve as supervisory Division Chief for Earth Sciences. The Division Chief is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of technical and administrative activities of a Division that conducts fundamental research in atmospheric and biospheric sciences, applied research focused on monitoring changes in climate, and manages airborne science campaigns for NASA.

The scope of work for this position includes supervisory responsibilities, strategy formulation and implementation, maintenance of technical competence (optionally through independent research), and the cultivation and sustainment of relations with stakeholders. The Division Chief is responsible for the formulation, strategy, advocacy, and direction of the key research, technology, applied sciences, and science-enabling activities pursued by the Division. He/she will advise and work with the Ames Science Directorate management on the strategic direction and implementation of the Earth science program at the Center. The Division Chief is also responsible for the performance planning and review of the civil servant staff, including direct responsibility for staff reporting to the Division management and assuring that second level managers perform their duties in a timely manner. He/she is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity and diversity by taking positive steps to support the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives, and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in all areas under his/her supervision.

The vacancy announcement and application are available at: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/414024500


Position: MSc or PhD student: Remote sensing of freshwater in Hudson Bay
Location: Centre for Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba, Canada
Date Posted: 10 August 2015

Position: MSc or PhD student: Remote sensing of freshwater in Hudson Bay

Location: Centre for Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba, Canada

We are seeking a PhD or MSc student to work on the characterization of seasonal and interannual patterns in freshwater in Hudson Bay, Canada. The successful candidate will join a recently funded four year project, BaySys, whose overarching goal is to provide a scientific basis to separate the relative effects of climate change from those of hydroelectric regulation of freshwater on changing physical, biological and biogeochemical conditions in Hudson Bay. The dynamics of Hudson Bay is greatly influenced by freshwater as it receives about 1 m (volume divided by surface area) annually by runoff from its watershed, and another 1.4 m is withdrawn from or added seasonally to the water column by the formation or melting of sea ice. Most of this is supplied to the southern half of the Bay, where much of the ice melts and to where over two-thirds of all terrestrial runoff is supplied.

The goal of the MSc/PhD project is to use field observations and various satellite-derived freshwater proxies to improve our understanding of the distribution of freshwater in Hudson Bay. This could include observations and measurements of CDOM and suspended sediment, sea ice concentration and properties, oxygen isotope ratios, salinity (ESA’s SMOS) and sea surface height from altimetry. The research will involve participation in fieldwork that will include observations onboard the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen and at coastal locations.

The successful candidate will be based at the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS; http://umanitoba.ca/ceos) of the University of Manitoba, with regular visits to University of Québec at Rimouski (UQAR; www.uqar.ca/ ). Housed within the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment Earth and Resources, CEOS is home to 15 full time faculty, and approximately 70 other students and staff devoted to the study of Arctic marine science. The Centre is located in the newly developed Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility. Graduate students have access to state-of-the-art field and laboratory facilities. CEOS is a founding member of the new international Arctic Science Partnership (ASP; www.asp-net.org).

To apply, please email a curriculum vitae, transcripts, a short statement of relevant research experience and interests, and the contact information for two referees. Application materials should be sent to Simon_Belanger@uqar.ca and/or Jens.Ehn@umanitoba.ca.

This position will remain open until filled.

For inquiries, please contact Drs. Simon Bélanger and/or Jens Ehn by email: Simon_Belanger@uqar.ca / Jens.Ehn@umanitoba.ca.


Position: PhD fellowship in Environmental Sciences
Location: Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
Date Posted: 28 July 2015

Title: Impact of climate variability and river flow regulation on phytoplankton productivity in the Hudson Bay: a satellite-based assessment

We invite applications for a graduate student position that will use satellite remote sensing to examine seasonal and interannual patterns in phytoplankton distribution and productivity in Hudson Bay, Canada. The successful candidate will utilize field observations and various satellite observations to assess phytoplankton primary production. Field observations include apparent and inherent optical properties of water constituents (e.g., phytoplankton, coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and suspended sediment), pigment composition, particles size distribution, photosynthetic characteristic of phytoplankton. Satellite data (archived and future) include ocean color for primary production assessment and passive microwaves for sea ice. Time series of the satellite-derived products will be analysed at various scales to assess decadal trends. The analysis of multi-sensor data should provide insights about biological/physical couplings, and provide a better understanding of how climate change and hydroelectric regulation impacts ocean surface productivity.

The successful candidate will join a recently funded 4-year project, BaySYS, whose overarching goal is to provide a scientific basis to separate the relative effects of climate change from those of hydroelectric regulation of freshwater on the changing physical, biological and biogeochemical conditions in Hudson Bay. As the largest continental shelf sea in the world, Hudson Bay receives an annual freshwater loading of about 760 km3 from more than 42 rivers within a drainage basin of over 3×106 km2 in area. Beyond the estuaries, freshwater runoff affects primary production (PP) positively through nutrient additions and by enhancing entrainment of nutrients into surface waters affected by the coastal current and negatively by increasing vertical stability of the water column and increasing light attenuation in the interior of the Bay. In these optically complex waters, ocean color remote sensing algorithms need to be improved. The research will involve participation in fieldwork that will include observations onboard the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen and at coastal locations in summer 2017.

The research proposal involves remote sensing data processing, modeling and statistical analysis. Thus, the PhD candidate will preferably have a fairly good background in remote sensing applied to oceanography and demonstrate interest in computer programming (e.g., R, C or Fortran).

The project will be conducted in Rimouski under the supervision of Dr. Simon Bélanger, and co-directed by Jean-Éric Tremblay, professor of biological oceanography at Laval University in Québec City, Canada. The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) is a leading research university in marine sciences and northern environmental studies. Over the years, the quality of its infrastructures, education and research, the development of areas of research excellence (marine sciences and northern environmental studies) and the numerous awards won by UQAR have earned it broad recognition, both nationally and internationally. Eastern Quebec is blessed by its unique geographical location along the vast St. Lawrence Estuary, home to an exceptional natural environment and a rich maritime tradition. The successful candidate will benefit from the dynamic training environment and the logistical and financial supports provided by the strategic research cluster “Québec-Océan”.

For more information on this research project, please contact Dr. Simon Bélanger simon_belanger@UQAR.ca.


Position: Scientific Officer for Blue Planet Program
Location: College Park, MD
Date Posted: 20 July 2015

Global Science & Technology, Inc (GST), a growing high technology company, is seeking a staff member to perform in the role of Scientific Officer/Coordinator/Secretariat to support the work of the NOAA/NESDIS/STAR Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division (SOCD) at the National Center for Climate and Weather Prediction in College Park, MD.

Overview:

The purpose of this role is to contribute to the coordination of the international program, “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet”, which is the over-arching Marine Task within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). GEO is an intergovernmental body dedicated to the effective use of Earth observation (in situ or via remote sensing) for societal benefit. It is comprised of 90 member nations, the European Commission and 87 Participating Organizations. “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” seeks, through the mobilisation of expert knowledge, to raise public awareness of the role of the oceans in the Earth system, of their impacts (good and bad) on humankind, and of the societal benefits of ocean observations; to coordinate the various marine initiatives within GEO and develop synergies between them; and to advocate and advance the establishment and maintenance of a global observing network for the oceans, which acknowledges the value of ocean observations and their contribution to helping alleviate societal issues in multiple areas. Coordination for Blue Planet will be provided by 3-4 Secretariat nodes located around the globe, one of which will be hosted by the SOCD

Duties:

  • Develop and manage the US node of a distributed, international Secretariat for the marine contribution (Blue Planet) to an intergovernmental program (Group on Earth Observations) in Earth observation.
  • Work closely with the other Secretariat nodes and contribute to the overall Blue Planet communication and outreach activities.
  • Liaise with, and report to, the GEO Secretariat in Geneva, maintaining a constructive working relationship with the Director and responsible program manager there.
  • Liaise with the different components of Blue Planet, providing support and ensuring timely progress reporting from them.
  • Develop collaborations with related international programs in ocean observations and with a variety of user groups.
  • Represent Blue Planet as required in national and international (including policy-level) arenas.
  • Contribute to the organisation of the 3rd Blue Planet Symposium to be held in 2016.

Knowledge and Experience required:

  • Doctoral degree in marine science or other aspect of Earth observation.
  • Experience in science coordination at national or international level.
  • Outstanding skills in communication, oral and written
  • Ability to work with remote/international teams and with different cultures
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Willingness to travel

The candidate will have strong written and oral skills with the ability to communicate results across several teams. Selected applicants will be subject to a government background investigation.

GST offers competitive salaries; vacation, sick, and holiday leave; major medical, dental, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance; 401K retirement plan; tuition assistance; and opportunities for employee career growth and development. GST is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualified candidates please submit your resume to: Secretariat – NOAA/SOCD.

You may also fax your resume to (301) 474-5970. If you need assistance, please call 301-474-9696.

GST is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Position: Postdoctoral investigator
Location: Columbia University, NY, USA
Date Posted: 16 July 2015

Columbia University's Data Science Institute and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seek a postdoctoral investigator interested in studying oceanic sub-mesoscale processes and the spatial heterogeneity of marine phytoplankton visible in satellite imagery. This cross-disciplinary research project will apply Bayesian machine learning techniques to satellite observations in order to infer unknown physical and ecosystem parameters, with the goal of improving understanding of submesoscale physics and biology. The position will be jointly supervised by Profs. Joaquim Goes (Biological Oceanography), Ryan Abernathey (Physical Oceanography), and Tony Jebara (Computer Science).

Candidates with knowledge in one or more areas that include fluid dynamics and numerical modeling, coupled physical-biological oceanographic processes, remote sensing and machine learning will be preferred. The position is initially for a year but extendable by a year depending on performance. The candidate should be highly motivated and have demonstrated ability to work independently and a willingness to work across disciplinary boundaries. Programming skills in Matlab, Python etc., and strong oral and written communication skills are essential.

Applications for this position must be submitted through:
academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1437055595831. Click the "Search Postings" link on the left and enter "Goes" as a key word.


Position: PostDoc position
Location: University of North Dakota, USA
Date Posted: 3 June 2015

Department of Earth System Science and Policy at the University of North Dakota has an opening PostDoc position to support the study of natural variability of the volume scattering functions and its impact on biogeochemical retrieval from current and future NASA ocean color sensors. To view the detailed position description and qualifications and apply for this position, please visit UND’s career website, and enter job number 00013607.


Position: Scientific Analyst to support NASA OBPG
Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
Date Posted: 13 May 2015

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

To view the detailed position description and qualifications and apply for this position, please visit the SAIC Careers Site: www.saic.com/about/careers and enter Job ID 410540.


Position: Ocean-Color Postdoc Opportunity
Location: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Date Posted: 7 April 2015

Satellite Remote Sensing of Inland and Estuarine Water Quality Research Participation Program Office of Research and Development National Exposure Research Laboratory U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA-ORD/NERL-ESD-2015-01

Project Description: A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). This appointment will be served in the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) develops methods for characterizing chemical and physical stressors with special emphasis on ecological exposure. This program builds landscape and regional assessment capabilities through the use of remote sensing and advanced spatial analysis techniques. Research involves the application of advanced monitoring technology to issues involving surface waters at a variety of scales.

This research project is part of a larger collaborative effort between the U.S. EPA, NASA, NOAA and USGS to provide an approach for mainstreaming satellite ocean color capabilities into U.S. fresh and brackish water quality management decisions. The overarching project goal is to support the environmental management and public use of U.S. lakes, reservoirs and estuaries by providing the capability to detect and quantify cyanobacteria blooms using satellite data records. Satellite remote sensing tools may enable policy makers and environmental managers to assess the sustainability of watershed ecosystems, and the services they provide, under current and future land use practices. Satellite technology allows for the development of cyanobacteria early-warning indicators at the local scale with continuous, synoptic national coverage. The research project is structured within a sustainability framework for a more holistic approach including environmental, human health and economic considerations.

The multi-agency collaborative effort has six main components: (1) develop a uniform and systematic approach for identifying cyanobacteria blooms across the contiguous U.S.; (2) evaluate and refine algorithms across satellite platforms; (3) link impacts of landscape changes and bloom events; (4) demonstrate that satellites can link exposure and human health effects in drinking and recreational waters; (5) evaluate the economic value of the satellite early warning system; and (6) disseminate data and training for stakeholders.

The research participant will have a unique opportunity to work within a large multi-disciplinary team to apply satellite ocean color instruments to address management and other issues related to monitoring harmful and nuisance algal blooms nationally. The project will disseminate information derived from ocean color instruments onboard Aqua, Sentinel-3, Sentinel-2 and Landsat through an Android mobile application and the EnviroAtlas. A strategy for evaluation, validation and refinement of algorithms for use with other satellite instruments, such as PACE, will also be developed. The project is on the cutting edge of water quality monitoring and applied satellite operations.

This research training opportunity will involve the research participant in innovative, relevant and impactful research that will integrate the application of satellite remote sensing of water quality with human health, environmental and economic data, and will allow him/her to advance expertise in the use of satellite remote sensing of water quality to improve novel decision support tools such as mobile applications. The research participant will be involved in the collaboration of a large, multi-federal agency team with local and regional water quality managers and will broaden professional networks through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at meetings and conferences.

Qualifications: Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in aquatic ecology, algal ecology, marine ecology, ocean optics, landscape or spatial ecology, and/or a related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Experience in computer coding language, (e.g. MATLAB, Python, R, or IDL) and satellite ocean color remote sensing is desired.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate).

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be made available to reimburse a participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions: The mentor for this project is Blake Schaeffer (schaeffer.blake@epa.gov).

How to Apply: An application can be found at orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NERL-ESD-2015-01 when calling or writing for information.


Position: Postdoctoral Investigator Ocean Color
Location: Fort Pierce, FL, USA
Date Posted: 1 April 2015

Position Summary:
The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) Research Associate will assess closure and quantify associated uncertainties in very high quality data sets of radiometry and inherent optical property measurements with radiative transfer modeling (e.g. Hydrolight). Suitable interpolation of data will be required where measured resolution (spatially, temporally, spectrally, etc) is inadequate. After the integrity of the data sets is characterized, data will be used to help evaluate uncertainties in leading semi-analytical inversion algorithms in the context of future ocean color remote sensing satellite imagers and potential polarimeters. .

Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. in Oceanography or related field is required. Degree must be completed at the time of application. Experience with radiative transfer modeling required. Experience with MATLAB programming required. Experience presenting science results at a national meeting required. Experience in publishing peer-reviewed papers required. Ability to execute responsibilities independently required. Experience participating in oceanographic research cruises preferred.

Salary range $45,000-$50,000. This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website (https://jobs.fau.edu) by completing the Faculty, Administrative, Managerial & Professional Position Application and submitting the related documents.

The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format, a statement of research experience and philosophy, and contact information for three references including email addresses.

Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to one's application as with other US-based transcripts.

Prior to appointment, the candidate must submit official, sealed transcripts from all institutions where graduate coursework was attempted, whether or not a degree was obtained, as well as an original NACES evaluation, if applicable. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University not to you as the student. A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057.

Florida Atlantic University is a public research university with multiple campuses along the southeast Florida coast serving a uniquely diverse community. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. FAU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution. For more information about FAU and HBOI, please visit www.fau.edu/hboi.

For further information contact: Fraser Dalgleish, Search Committee Chair, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Florida Atlantic University, 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946, 772-242-2400 (fdalglei@fau.edu)


Position: EUMETSAT Positions
Location: Europe
Date Posted: 11 March 2015

EUMETSAT has several opportunities for qualified candidates to support the Copernicus Program and the upcoming Sentinel-3 mission. Please refer to the associated contact for more information.

  1. VN 15/13 - Copernicus Atmospheric Product Expert, Closing Date: 22 Mar 2015.
    The post holder is responsible for the design, implementation, evolution and assessment of algorithms for the extraction of Copernicus atmospheric products, with an initial focus on Sentinel-3 aerosol, fire radiative power products and atmospheric corrections for ocean colour products, and similar products from selected EUMETSAT or Third party missions. Contact: http://onlineapplication.eumetsat.int/OnlineApplication/

  2. Copernicus Product Performance and CalVal Expert, Issue Due Date: 1st Quarter 2015.
    Contact: http://onlineapplication.eumetsat.int/OnlineApplication/

  3. Copernicus Sentinel-3 Senior Ocean Colour Scientist Consultancy, Closing Date: 31 Mar 2015.
    The post holder is responsible for scientific and technical support related to Copernicus Sentinel-3 OLCI cal/val and ocean colour product development. This will include contributions to the scientific development and maintenance of Level-1 and Level-2 processors, instrument calibration, algorithm and product validation, routine monitoring and offline analyses of Level-1 and Level-2 OLCI marine data products. Contact one of the following:
    SCISY: arndt.hinueber@scisys.de
    Telspazio VEGA: andy.williams@telespazio-vega.de
    CGI: christian.berwanger@cgi.com
    ATG: gcasaros@atg-europe.com
    GMV: aperez@gmv.com


Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Date Posted: 17 February 2015

CE Postdoctoral Fellowship - Quantifying production and carbon cycling in ocean ecosystems using revolutionary bio-Argo robots

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship is seeking to appoint a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow, with a background in marine bio-optical research, to investigate the mechanisms that determine the 3D structure of phytoplankton productivity and carbon cycling in ocean ecosystems. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team with internationally-recognised expertise in marine bio-optics, satellite ocean colour and ocean biogeochemistry.

The project will use data from bio-optical robotic profiling floats (bio-Argo) and make links to satellite ocean colour remote sensing. The initial focus will be the Indian and/or Southern Oceans where CSIRO scientists are already engaged in bio-optical float deployments. This includes participation in collaborative float deployment programs with Indian (Australia-India Strategic Research Program), French (Southern Ocean Climate Project), and US (Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modelling) research teams.

Further details are available at: http://csiro.nga.net.au/?jati=e1a572ef-6613-5612-54ba-804208a6a2b7


Position: Environmental data analyst for the BOUSSOLE bio-optics time series
Location: Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villefranche (LOV), France
Date Posted: 25 January 2015

The BOUSSOLE project seeks applicants for a 2-year position, with a start as soon as possible. The position is proposed at the Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villefranche (LOV) within the Marine Optics, Ocean Colour Remote Sensing and Marine Biogeochemistry (OMTAB) group
(lov.obs-vlfr.fr/en/the_laboratory/research_groups/omtab_group.html)

The goals of the BOUSSOLE project are fundamental research in bio-optics and calibration/validation of satellite ocean colour observations. The project started in 2000 and has built (and continues to build) a unique data set of inherent and apparent optical properties plus biogeochemical properties in the North-western Mediterranean Sea. These data are collected from an offshore mooring and during monthly cruises to the mooring site. BOUSSOLE is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), the National French Space Agency (CNES), and the French National Scientific Research Institute, CNRS/INSU. See www.obs-vlfr.fr/Boussole.

The applicants are expected to work on the assessment of the error (uncertainty) budget for the radiometry measurements performed on the mooring, in particular by working on the identification and quantification of uncertainties associated to measurement of radiometric quantities (radiance and irradiance) and their propagation to the ocean colour products (e.g., remote sensing reflectance and diffuse attenuation coefficients). This work will be carried out in collaboration with the BOUSSOLE staff and the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL). NPL is indeed engaged with LOV in improving calibration of BOUSSOLE radiometers and in establishing a full error budget of radiometry measurements. Other research topics related to the BOUSSOLE objectives, and to be developed in parallel to the main activity described here, will be possibly discussed with the project PI.

Applicants should be suitably qualified (Ph.D level) in oceanography with a background in marine optics, and should have the necessary experience in data processing. Some background in theory of measurements and errors and in statistical analyses is required. Capabilities to conduct radiometric work in the laboratory and fieldwork would be appreciated but are not essential. Either French or English are appropriate as working languages.

The annual salary will depend on the level of experience of the candidate. The laboratory is located in Villefranche-sur-mer, near Nice on the French Riviera. The position will start for a year, renewable in case the candidate and the project PI are willing to do so (can expand up to four years, funding permitting).

CVs and covering letters, as well as requests for additional information, are to be sent to the project manager Vincenzo Vellucci (enzo@obs-vlfr.fr, with "Boussole-Position" in the subject line), with copy to the project PI, David Antoine (antoine@obs-vlfr.fr. Deadline for applications is 8 March 2015.


Position: Postdoctoral Position
Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), USA
Date Posted: 25 January 2015

The Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to support the activities of the PACE science team in the area of atmospheric correction for hyperspectral ocean color remote sensing. PACE is a future NASA polar-orbiting mission that is expected to carry a hyperspectral radiometer measuring from the UV to the near-infrared, with additional channels in the shortwave infrared. PACE may also carry a multi-angle polarimeter. Potential research includes:

  1. development of PACE proxy data from existing hyperspectral airborne sensors (e.g., AVIRIS, PRISM) and spaceborne sensors (e.g., HICO, Hyperion, SCHIAMACHY), or data from radiative transfer simulations
  2. development, implementation, and evaluation of atmospheric correction methods to retrieve hyperspectral water-leaving reflectance from observed or simulated top-of-atmosphere radiances.

The successful candidate will interface with the staff of the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA/GSFC, and work under the guidance of Bryan Franz who is a Principal Investigator on the current PACE Science Team. The position is for 1 year with potential extension, to be filled as soon as possible. The ideal candidate will have experience with multi-spectral or hyperspectral aircraft and/or spacecraft remote sensing data, knowledge of atmospheric correction methods or atmospheric radiative transfer in UV to SWIR, and strong computer programming and analysis skills.

To apply for this position, please visit the following website:
usra-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=259


Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate Position
Location: Oregon State University, USA
Date Posted:16 January 2015

Applications are being accepted for a Research Associate (Postdoctoral) position at Oregon State University working with Dr. Michael Behrenfeld. The position is part of a large multi-institution and interdisciplinary investigation to study plankton blooms and biogenic aerosols in the subarctic North Atlantic, involving coordinated ship, aircraft, and satellite measurements. The focus for this particular postdoctoral position is on understanding the physiological and ecological processes underlying plankton blooms. Activities will include, but are not limited to, ship-based field measurements in the North Atlantic, laboratory measurements, data analyses, and publication of results. Areas of specialization include biological oceanography, bio-optics, phytoplankton physiology, plankton ecology, and/or phytoplankton-zooplankton interactions. Experience or interest in coupling field measurements to remote sensing data is desirable.

A position start date of summer 2015, at the latest, is intended as the first field campaign will occur in November 2015. This is a full time, 12-month position, with an initial duration of 2 years. Candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in biological oceanography or a related discipline by the start date. For further information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/job and apply to posting 0013676. Applications must be received by 02/28/15. OSU is an AA/EOE. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Michael Behrenfeld at mjb@science.oregonstate.edu, but applications must be submitted through http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.


Position: PhD opportunities
Location: University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Date Posted:17 December 2014

The global oceans cover over 70% of the Earth and they help to regulate our climate and provide food. The following two PhD opportunities are available to study ocean-atmosphere interactions. Both of these studentships will offer the successful candidate field and desk based studies exploiting in situ, models and novel satellite Earth observation.

There will also be opportunities for the successful student to interact and work with colleagues from the European Space Agency through existing and related projects which are ongoing. These studentships are part of an open competition so applicants should ensure that they highlight their existing skills and appropriateness for PhD study, along with explaining their interest in these projects.

Feel free to contact Dr Jamie Shutler (j.d.shutler@exeter.ac.uk) for further information.

Coastal-carbon: low cost sensors and satellites for studying coastal atmosphere-ocean carbon fluxes
University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=58437

Carbon from Space: ocean-atmosphere exchange of CO2 from the International Space Station and the European Sentinels
Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Exeter.

www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=58773&LID=1282


Position: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
Location: University of Arizona, USA
Date Posted:15 December 2014

Faculty opening in the area of remote sensing at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Please click here for more inforamtion.


Position: PhD student: Development of atmosphere correction algorithm
Location: DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Date Posted:21 November 2014

The Institute for Geography of the Christian Albrechts University (CAU) at Kiel is engaged in remote sensing of coastal and inland water applications. It is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to work on the project “Development of an atmospheric correction for EnMAP and Sentinel-2 data over turbid waters”. The project is conducted in cooperation with the Remote Sensing Technology Institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR); the place of work will therefore be at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich.

Goal of the PhD work is to improve the remote sensing of coastal and inland waters. Major error sources in data analysis are so far the atmosphere and reflections at the water surface. The project aims at the development of a correction algorithm for these effects, and then coupling it to an existing analytic model for the radiative transfer in water. The algorithm shall be based on analytic equations which approximate the complicated radiative transfer processes in the atmosphere and the water surface, and on experimentally easily accessible parameters. A numerically “exact” radiative transfer model (e.g. Modtran-5) shall be used for development, and airborne measurements for validation.

For further details please see the full announcement. Persons interested should send their application to Prof. Dr. Natascha Oppelt, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Institut für Geographie, Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 14, 24098 Kiel, Germany (preferred via Email: oppelt@geographie.uni-kiel.d).


Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments
Location: City University of New York, USA
Date Posted: 18 November 2014

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the City College of the City University of New York has an opening for a full-time postdoctoral research associate. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution, NASA-funded research team that focuses on better understanding the role of tidal wetlands and estuaries in coastal carbon cycling, and the potential responses and services of coastal wetlands in a changing climate. By integrating advanced remote sensing observations of coastal environments, including wetlands, tidal systems, and aquatic environments with new mechanistic carbon cycling modeling, this research effort will improve understanding of key carbon exchange processes at the land-ocean interface, and examine human-wetland-ocean-atmosphere interactions. This is a joint research effort with NASA, NOAA, USGS, the Smithsonian Institution, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, University of Delaware, University of Florida, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the Department of Energy. Partnering with relevant stakeholders from EPA, NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the project will also enhance existing capabilities of using remote sensing and modeling tools for adaptive resource management.

The position requires a PhD in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, or similar field, and expertise in remote sensing data analysis and algorithm development. The successful candidate will participate in studies that involve refined retrievals of near-shore biogeochemical variables from ocean color satellite imagery (e.g., SeaWiFS, MODIS, MERIS, VIIRS), and advanced remote sensing characterization of tidal wetland area extent, vegetation communities and inundation regimes using satellite and aircraft remote sensing data (e.g., Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) datasets, ALOS PALSAR, PALSAR-2, SENTINAL,SMAP, Landsat, ASTER, UAVSAR). They will also have the opportunity to be involved in preparation efforts and field activities for NASA's future satellite missions, including PACE, GEOCAPE, HyspIRI, and NISAR. Highly motivated candidates with strong interest on interdisciplinary research at the land-ocean-atmosphere interface are particularly encouraged to apply

The post-doc will work closely with Professor Maria Tzortziou (CCNY and NASA/Goddard) and Professor Kyle McDonald (CCNY and NASA/JPL), and will also have the opportunity to interact closely with other members of our multi-institutional team. The position is for two years, beginning as soon as it can be filled, with the possibility of renewing for three or more years depending on performance and funding.

Applicants should send their:

  1. full CV with complete publications list (accepted, in press, and in-review),
  2. statement of research interests, and
  3. contact information for 3 references to Dr. Maria Tzortziou (maria.a.tzortziou@nasa.gov).
Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.


Position: PhD student: Low light levels in the Arctic
Location: University Oldenburg, Germany
Date Posted: 31 October 2014
Deadline:15 November 2014

The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg is a marine research center situated in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven. Within the project "Twilight", the marine sensor system group (www.icbm.de/en/marine-sensor-systems/) of the ICBM located at the marine station in Wilhelmshaven hires one PhD Student Low light levels in the Arctic. The position is open from January 1st 2015 and ends December 31th 2017.

Project "Twilight" is focused on the assessment of very low light conditions in Arctic waters through sensing and modeling. A novel technology will be developed and field data gathered (including fjord systems in Norway, Svalbard and Greenland). Light availability and quality (spectral & polarization) at greater depth covering full daily cycles will thus be measured and compared to/extended by modeling approaches. For further details please see the full announcement. Persons interested should send their application to Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski, ICBM, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, 26111 Oldenburg, GERMANY (preferred via Email: oliver.zielinski@icbm.de).


Position: PhD student position
Location: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany
Date Posted: 29 October 2014

PhD student position (for 3 years, starting as soon as possible) studying the "Impact of Environmental Change on Antarctic Phytoplankton investigated using synergistic satellite products and model data" at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. The PhD work will encompass the development and usage of a synergistic approach utilizing multi- and hyperspectral satellite data in order to improve parameterizations in a coupled ecosystem-ice-ocean model for the Antarctic Ocean. Finally the model data shall be used to analyze the time series data for variability and trend of coupling biological and physical processes.

For more details and application procedure see the Full announcement.


Position: PhD student position in Marine Ecology
Location: Stockholm University, Sweden
Date Posted: 23 October 2014
Deadline:20 November 2014

The Position:PhD student position in Marine Ecology at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. Reference number SU FV-2891-14.

The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University carries out research and teaching in ecology, environmental science, physiology and systematics. The PhD project will be based in a research group studying the link between ocean colour remote sensing and ecology.

Project description:
In this PhD project, a combination of hydrological modelling and ocean colour remote sensing will be used to evaluate the effect of land run-off on water quality. Climate change may cause an increase in cloud development and in precipitation in the North of Europe, which in turn may lead to both an increase in humic substance (browning of the water), and an increase of erosion, and therefore suspended matter load carried into the sea. Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM, i.e. humic substance) and Total Suspended Matter (TSM) are optical indicators for terrestrial run-off and can be traced in the coastal zone using data from MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer). TSM has been shown to be a good indicator of coastal processes in the Baltic Sea (Kratzer and Tett, 2009). MERIS data can also be used to evaluate the distribution of chlorophyll in coastal areas, and the effect of possible light limitation on phytoplankton biomass can therefore be evaluated using remote sensing data.

Contact information:
For further information, contact Dr. Susanne Kratzer (Email: susanne.kratzer@su.se)
Telephone: +46 8 16 10 59.

For further details, please see the full announcement.


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