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Research Fellow Earth Observation

University of Stirling - Faculty of Natural Sciences

Location: Stirling
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 Grade 7, p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 11th October 2021
Job Ref: FAC01400

The Post

The University of Stirling invites applications for a Research Fellow in Earth Observation to join the Earth and Planetary Observation Science Research Group. We are looking for a candidate with expertise in remote sensing of inland, coastal and marine environments to (i) lead an assessment of existing and emerging end-user and stakeholder needs with a particular focus on Copernicus water services (as part of the H2020 WaterForce project) and (ii) the development of an integrated observatory for the Black Sea (as part of the H2020 DOORS project).

The successful candidate will be expected to engage with the international scientific community, policymakers and various water-related sectors to assess their needs and expectations with respect to Earth observation data and services. As an integral member of the research group, the postholder will apply their skill set to execute in situ sampling campaigns, to work on the development and validation of satellite observations, and to undertake the curation, processing and analysis of in situ and satellite datasets for the Black Sea. 

In addition, the postholder will be expected to play a central role in supporting the development of a roadmap for the next Copernicus services for inland waters. The postholder will be well versed in developing scalable Earth observation products that support the monitoring and sustainable management of inland and marine waters.

Description of Duties  

  • Develop and/or implement methods for the processing, analysis and quality control of in situ and satellite data (including both optical and radar observations) for the assessment of water quality, surface water state, and coastal morphology
  • Engage and work with the international scientific community, stakeholders from industry, and policymakers across various water-related sectors by administrating surveys and convening meetings and workshops to inform future Earth observation services for water
  • Organise and lead sampling campaigns in inland, coastal, and marine waters to support the development and validation of algorithms for processing both optical and radar satellite data

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline such as remote sensing, geophysics, or environmental engineering/science or  aquatic sciences
  • Knowledge of remote sensing techniques, Copernicus and their application to the monitoring of inland, coastal, or marine environments
  • Demonstrable experience of satellite image processing and analysis for environmental applications

For further information, including a full description of duties, essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see Vacancy details | About | University of Stirling

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