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).
The EO group is seeking to employ 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).