|Date||Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:49:46 +0000|
Atmospheric Correction and Radiative Transfer Model Scientist
Talented scientist required to join a world-leading team in the quality of Earth Observation data and derived products for climate applications.
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is one of the UK`s leading science facilities and research centres. It is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate standards, science and technology available.
NPL occupies a unique position as the UK`s National Measurement Institute and sits at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application. Its expertise and original research have underpinned quality of life, innovation and competitiveness for UK citizens and business for more than a century.
Data from Earth Observation (EO) satellites are increasingly used to monitor the environment, understand variability and change, inform simulations and forecasts, manage natural resources and provide support for the management of natural disasters. In 2010, the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) identified a set of 50 Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) that play an important role in understanding land and ocean-surface interactions with climate. The majority of these ECV parameters can be monitored using EO satellites. The value of satellite-derived ECVs for decision-making purposes is directly linked to the quality and accuracy of the data products.
The Optical Measurement group at NPL is taking a leading international role in the effort to define the quality of and end-to-end uncertainty associated with EO data and derived products for climate applications. As part of this remit, we are expanding our research into characterising the influence of atmospheric correction algorithms and their parameterisation, on satellite-derived products over land and ocean test sites.
Key skills and experience required
Specifically, we are seeking candidates who can demonstrate experience in implementing, parameterising and coding atmospheric correction routines and have knowledge of radiative transfer models, such as 6S, MODTRAN, LOWTRAN etc. In addition to skills relating to satellite image processing and algorithm analysis, an understanding of in situ data from networks such as AERONET and radiosonde datasets to inform atmospheric correction over various land and ocean sites will be required. The ideal candidates will have strong analytical and programming skills (e.g. in one or more of FORTRAN, IDL, Python, MatLab).
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. The candidate will work on several related projects and be responsible for shaping the atmospheric correction research programme and strengthening our existing international collaborations.
The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue continual professional development, membership of professional bodies (which will be subsidised) and will receive on-the-job training and support. This exciting role will provide the opportunity to work in collaboration with leading international research groups in the USA and Europe through the CEOS (Committee on Earth Observation Satellites) WGCV (Working Group on Calibration and Validation). The role involves attending and presenting at international conferences and leading and contributing to peer-reviewed publications in a range of sectors related to EO and remote sensing applications.
Initially the role will be a three year fixed-term appointment.
We offer competitive salaries, a wealth of career opportunities and a wide range of benefits.
NPL is based in a unique research environment, which is located in pleasant surroundings on the edge of Bushy Park in south-west London. We have a host of onsite facilities including a subsidised crèche, restaurant, and a sports and social club.
NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting its people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities.
Tel: 0207 288 6847
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