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Forth-ERA SEPA Earth Observation Scientist

University of Stirling

Location: Stirling
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th November 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Job Ref: FAC01867

Location: Stirling Campus

Contract type: Fixed term for 12 months

The Post

Scotland’s International Environment Centre is looking to appoint a highly motivated, and ambitious Earth Observation Scientist with expertise in the application of satellite data in environmental monitoring to work on a project connected to the Forth Environmental Resilience Array (Forth-ERA): a programme pioneering the development of a world-leading digital environmental observatory for the Forth Valley Region in Scotland in collaboration with a range of regional and national stakeholders. You will join a dynamic, innovative team of scientists and technical specialists focussed on delivering a programme that will help deliver on Scotland’s net zero and broader environment targets.

Description of duties

  • Develop and implement innovative methods for the processing, analysis, and quality control of satellite data for the estimation of water quality parameters in inland and coastal waters
  • Collate and curate available in-situ data for the validation of satellite water quality algorithms and apply suitable appropriate quality control routines
  • Develop and implement methodologies to assess the accuracy and transferability of satellite water quality data including the estimation of uncertainty
  • Develop case-studies to exemplify the efficacy of Earth observation for water quality assessment in the UK

Essential criteria

  • PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline such as Earth observation, geophysics, environmental science, or data science
  • Demonstrable experience of satellite data processing and analysis for environmental applications including routines for atmospheric correction, parameter estimation and time-series aggregation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and confidence presenting to external audiences

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

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