Earth Observation vacancies at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory has up to ten (10) new open-ended posts at either Scientist (post-doctoral or equivalent experience - salary up to £37,281) or Senior Scientist grade (salary up to £44,958).

Scientist grade posts will work in a variety of UK and international projects including:

  • research in the Red Sea and western Indian Ocean

  • optical water-type classification in coastal and transitional waters

  • monitoring the carbon cycle from space

  • investigating marine ecosystems and human health

  • climate data records on ocean colour and lake colour.

Scientist-level applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant numerate discipline and will undertake and support high-quality research, data analysis and software development, with some flexibility in their weighting dependent on interests. To perform effectively in this busy and successful group you need to be highly motivated, capable of working independently as well as collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, and possess effective time management skills. Over time, Scientist-grades would be given the opportunity to develop their own ideas into research proposals.

Senior scientists are expected to have demonstrated success in supporting their own research with funding in EO of marine or freshwater science complementary to existing EOSA areas. They will also take leading roles in new or ongoing projects, and manage and mentor scientists working in related areas.

Applicants who do not hold a PhD or equivalent may be considered, but must have demonstrated EO experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level and strong numerical and/or programming ability (at Junior Scientist level up to £28,652).

Closing date for applications: 30th September 2019.


The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) Earth Observation Science group has a world-class reputation in fundamental research on climate change and biogeochemical pools and cycles in aquatic systems; aquatic ecosystem and human health; and sustainable development issues in ocean, coastal and inland water environments. The group is one of the largest of its kind, with 30 open-ended (tenured) staff, and many international visitors and research students, creating a vibrant and dynamic working environment, comprising experts in ocean, coastal and inland water remote sensing, meteorology, in situ optics, biology, biogeochemistry and physics, Biogeochemical-Argo data, software engineering and computing. The group works with a variety of satellite sensors (ocean colour, altimeter, synthetic aperture radar, sea-surface temperature) and is engaged in processing of large amounts of data at European and global scales, developing novel algorithms and innovative applications. The group works closely with a number of outside collaborators from UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

The group has its own state-of-the-art data processing facilities, including a new £1M GPU-cluster to support artificial intelligence / machine learning, a 600 node processing grid, over 5 petabytes of data storage and complete global archives of key satellite sensors. The group also benefits from a newly completed suite of optical laboratories, instrumentation and access to the annual Atlantic Meridional Transect between the UK and the south Atlantic and local research vessels and moorings. With a global Earth observation processing capability, PML leads international projects, such as for the European Space Agency, and is facilitating capacity building in developing countries. The group is highly successful at earning research projects with funding from ESA, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), EC Horizon 2020, Copernicus, foundations (e.g. Simons Foundation) and international entities (e.g. KAUST).

UNSW remote sensing teaching and research position

Interested candidates should have strong quantitative skills and broad interests in the environmental sciences that span the disciplines within the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW and associated research centres.

This Level B/C, teaching and research position needs expertise in remote sensing, GIS and/or large scale spatial and temporal analyses.

Alistair Poore

Applications close: September 29th, 2019