Job Position As Earth Observation Scientist

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August 18, 2012

Job Position As Earth Observation Scientist
Job reference: 120811
Location: Tamar Science Park, Plymouth, Devon
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: 1 year fixed term contract, with potential for extension
Remuneration: £20k – £23k (to be negotiated) or higher depending on qualifications and experience. Employees are included in a benefit package which includes a corporate health plan and income protection after completion of their probationary period.

Primary responsibilities:

– Quality Control (QC) of optical satellite data.
– Use of bespoke codes and scripts and development of bespoke software programmes to support QC activities.
– Use of software programmes including NASA’s SeaDAS, and ESA’s BEAM and ODESA as well as other in-house tools.
– Support to processor upgrades at ESA ground stations.
– Provision of expert technical support to colleagues.
– On-demand support to data users.
– Research and scientific investigations as required.
– Contribution to written reports and other project deliverables.
– Support to processor upgrades at ESA Ground Stations including validation of generated products.
– Data anomaly investigations and corresponding research activities focused upon improving data quality.
– Answering ESA User requests for information and feedback on product quality
– Support to the Project Manager/ARGANS on other Contracts as required.

Closing date: 07 September 2012

Interview date: TBC

Entitlement to Work in the UK: If you are shortlisted for interview you will be asked to bring to the interview original documentary evidence of permission to work in the UK.

Candidate Specification

Qualification & Training:


– University degree in Mathematics or Science (2:1 or higher) or equivalent relevant experience in the workplace.


– Higher degree on topics related to Remote Sensing or marine optics or evidence of contribution at this level.

Experience/ knowledge:


– Experience in data handling.
– Understanding of the principles of optical remote sensing / marine optics.
– Experience in computer programming (e.g. IDL, FORTRAN, MatLab, C, HTML, and Java).
– High level of computer literacy, familiarity with both Windows and Linux Systems.
– Customer focused and an ability to work to deadline.
– A proven ability to provide innovative solutions to scientific problems and overcome obstacles.
– Evidence of the ability to write scientifically.


– A background in satellite remote sensing.
– Experience with software development.

Qualities and Attitude:


– International spirit and readiness to interact with EO business units across Europe.
– Effective communication skills, both informally and through formal presentations and written reports.
– Good organisation and interpersonal skills and ability to develop productive working relationships.
– Able to work co-operatively and constructively within a team of diverse background (scientists, developers, administrators) and differing geographical locations.
– Willingness to travel to national and international meetings.
– Attention to detail and openness to critical feedback.


– Other language skills helpful, but not essential.

The successful candidate will:

– be a highly-motivated self-starter with knowledge of programming and experience in handling large datasets.
– have experience of computer programming, a high level of computer literacy, and be comfortable using both Windows and Linux operating systems.
– possess excellent attention to detail, and have a good understanding of the principles of optical remote sensing along with good communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relations with clients and colleagues alike.
– have the confidence and ability to present to clients and industry colleagues and be willing to travel to conferences / meetings as a representative of ARGANS Ltd. A positive attitude to problem solving and the ability to convey technical information to a range of audiences orally and in the form of written reports are essential attributes.

Application Procedure: All applications must be submitted using ARGANS application form which is available on For further information or to request an application form, please contact Suzie Bone on 01752 764298 or

As users of the disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancies. Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted if they are shortlisted for interview.

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