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Position: 2-year Postdoctoral position
Location: University of Nantes, France
Date Posted: 8 July 2016
Closing Date: 1 October 2016

2-year postdoctoral position in shellfish ecophysiology and numerical ecology: coupling oyster and mussel Dynamic Energy Budget models with Earth Observation data and marine ecosystem model simulations.

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with experience in shellfish ecophysiology and numerical ecology to join the European H2020 funded project TAPAS (Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability). The TAPAS project (, led by the University of Stirling, will create cost-efficient management tools and practices for the European aquaculture sector to investigate the limits to fish and shellfish farming activities in location, social interactions, potential environmental impacts and any future risks. The main objective of the postdoc will be to couple bivalve ecophysiological models with EO data to analyse the potential of off-shore shellfish farming over a wide range of spatial scales.

The candidate should have a solid background and a good publications record in numerical ecology, shellfish ecophysiology and coastal oceanography. Large datasets from EO and ERSEM will be coupled with DEB oyster and mussel models, and the candidate should show a keen interest and demonstrate efficiency in the processing, analysis and interpretation of large-scale environmental and biological time-series data. Previous experience in the processing of satellite and/or ecosystem model output data, though not mandatory, would be appreciated. Experience in DEB modelling of marine species is required. Working experience in inter-disciplinary teams is strongly desirable.

The successful applicant will work at the University of Nantes (France) under the direction of Pierre Gernez ( and Laurent Barillé ( in collaborations with other participants of the TAPAS project including scientists from the University of Stirling, DHI, and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML). Informal enquiries may be made to Pierre Gernez ( and Laurent Barillé (

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 1 October 2016. The position will start between November 2016 and February 2017. The basic salary (2250 Euros net per month) could be negotiated depending on the professional experience. The salary will include full health insurance and social benefits.

Please see the full announcement for further details.

Position: Earth Observation Expert in Ocean Colour
Location: Brockmann Consult GmbH, Geesthacht, Germany
Date Posted: 7 July 2016
Closing Date: 15 August 2016

Brockmann Consult are hiring an Earth Observation Expert in Ocean Colour (f/m) to work in the area of marine and inland water Earth observation applications, algorithm development and validation.

Job purpose
The purpose of this open position at Brockmann Consult GmbH (BC) is to complement our Ocean Colour team within our Geo-Information Services department. BC is seeking to appoint a senior scientist to strengthen our team working on marine and inland water Earth Observation (EO) applications. The successful candidate will undertake research in different international projects and will develop EO applications which will end up in our EO services.

BC is developing various applications for the analysis and exploitation of environmental remote sensing data. Our customers are national and international organisations, including, for example, the European Space Agency. We offer software solutions, services as well as processed satellite data and products. Brockmann Consult GmbH offers an attractive job in a company which prides itself on its customer satisfaction and attaches great importance to having an enjoyable and positive working environment. The applicant’s openness, imagination, thirst for knowledge and pleasure working at the transition of science to operational services are of highest value to us.

The candidate should have

  • an academic degree in Natural/Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics or similar;
  • an excellent knowledge and experience in Ocean Colour EO and the related physical fundamentals;
  • convincing experience in algorithm development and validation;
  • experience in handling processing chains;
  • good programming/scripting skills, with a good knowledge of at least Python;
  • experience with the application and translation of information into products and services;
  • good written and spoken German and English
Your motivation of working in a small and enthusiastic team is seen as being very important. You will work in close cooperation with national and international scientists and you should bring in very good communication skills.

The position
Your place of work will be BC’s headquarters in the Geesthachter Innovations und Technologie Zentrum (GITZ) located on the grounds of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) close to the City of Hamburg, Germany. The position offered is permanent.

Please send your application to until latest 15 August 2016.

Position: Student opportunity in Remote Sensing
Location: Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, QC, Canada
Date Posted: 20 June 2016

About the project
The distribution of suspended particulate matter (SPM) in surface waters of the Saint Lawrence System (SLS) is experiencing major long-term changes due mainly to climate-mediated variations on runoff, coastal disintegration, and dynamics of harmful algae (HA). These ongoing disturbances are expected to affect future tourism activities (e.g., whale watching) in estuarine waters due to changes on water turbidity and associated effects on primary production and food webs. In addition, shellfish farms in the Gulf of St. Lawrence would be likely affected by a greater presence of HA events. Thus, there is an urgent need to characterize the long-term patterns of SPM in different spatial domains of the SLS. The objective of this two-year project is to evaluate the complementary use of passive and active optical measurements for estimating the concentration of SPM in one study area of the SLS and for the period 2006-2016. These remote sensing products will be calculated on the basis of regional visible-NIR spaceborne algorithms and satellite-based laser measurements. Time series and spatial distributions of SPM will be related to coastline retreat, wind and local circulation patterns.

Financial assistance
A scholarship of $12,000 per year is available for 2 years and starting in August 2016. A scholarship is also available from ISMER to pay for the increased tuition fees that apply to foreign students.

To qualify
Satisfy the basic requirements for admission in the MsSc program of oceanography at UQAR;

  • Graduate degree in Physics, Oceanography, Geography, Geology or a related discipline
  • Basic knowledge in optical (VIS-NIR) remote sensing;
  • Experience with computer programming, image processing tools such as SeaDAS, and geospatial statistics will be preferred;
  • Good verbal and writing skills in English. French speaking is a plus.
To apply
Applicants should send to the person mentioned below:
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Cover letter;
  • University transcripts (B.Sc.);
  • Name and contact information of two references.
Selection of the candidates will begin in June 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate will have to register as a full time student in the MsSc program of Oceanography at UQAR and corresponding to the fall 2016 session. To apply, or for more information please contact:

Professor Martin Montes-Hugo
Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski
LabTec, Laboratoire de télédétection côtière
310, allée des Ursulines, C.P. 3300
Rimouski (Québec) G5L 3A1
Phone : 418 723-1986 ext. 1961

Position: Satellite Oceanographer/Marine Spatial Ecologist
Location: Silver Spring, MD, USA
Date Posted: 10 June 2016


CSS-Dynamac seeks a full-time geographer, oceanographer, or spatial ecologist with expertise in remote sensing and scientific programming. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in monitoring, assessing, and forecasting harmful algal blooms and water quality. The goal of this work is to use satellite data and models to improve the detection and prediction of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and water quality, and to incorporate different models into supporting forecasts being developed by the NOAA?s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).

CORE Responsiblities include:

  • Evaluate satellite products for detecting HABs and water quality (especially water turbidity) using both image and statistical analyses.
  • Integrate satellite data, field data and models to forecast blooms and bloom impacts.
  • Develop new products based on climatologies of satellite data and other data.
  • Develop scripts with python and R integrated with Geomatica or ArcGIS.
  • Document and report methods
  • Prepare papers, reports, and presentations on results in journal and at national meetings.
  • Work with other offices and partners in incorporating new data sources and models into NCCOS products.
  • Travel may be required to other NOAA facilities, partner offices, or workshops to work with other staff and/or partners on transition activities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in geography, ecology, oceanography, or a related field, with 2 or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of satellite data
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing programs or scripts in ArcGIS, IDL, MatLab, R, or similar analysis packages.
  • Acquaintance or experience with Python
  • Use of LINUX operating system.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated strong ability to work independently in a self-directed environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or above in geography, ecology, oceanography, or related field.
  • At least 1 year of experience working in both LINUX and Windows operating system environments.
  • Experience with development of ArcGIS tools or python for automization and customization

For further details see CSS-Dynamac Job Openings.

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 ( 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, 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, Tél.: +689 87 22 55 90
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, BP529, 98713 Papeete, Polynésie française

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, with a cc to 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 and (

For information, about the department please consult and for further information about the position, please contact Dr C. Schubert ( or Prof. Dr A. Wüest (

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.

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


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 (

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 ( 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 ( 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:

Online application at:

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:

Online application at:

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


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:

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 ( and in copy to the principal investigator Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski ( 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


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 ( 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

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


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:

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 and 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:

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: 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,

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

For more information and how to apply see:

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 ( 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

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


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:

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

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


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:

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:

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
  • 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

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.

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 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.

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