UK:Postdoctorate Research Fellow in Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University

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Ref: A3390

Salary £31,331 pa-Grade 7

Description:We are seeking an outstanding Research Fellow to contribute to the Plymouth University component of the NERC Funded FLOWBEC (FLOW and Benthic Ecology 4D) research project. The aim of this branch of the project is to improve our ability to use remote sensing technology to assess the resources and determine the environmental characterization of the coastal ocean for the advancement of the Marine Renewable Energy sector.

Utilizing a unique coastal HF (high frequency) WERA Radar system which was designed to provide spatial wave data off the north coast of Cornwall, the Research Fellow will be in charge of managing data acquisition in order to maximize the quality and quantity of the collected data set. The Fellow will perform data validation studies and characterize system data collection statistics. The Fellow will develop and test improvements in the data processing algorithms to improve environmental measurements and will investigate methods to combine satellite remote sensing (altimetry and/or SAR) measurements with the HF Radar measurements in order to extend the temporal and spatial assessment of coastal environment. It is expected that the fellow will participate in  a preparation of a research grant to develop this work further.

Eligibility:You will have a PhD in a related field of Oceanography, Environmental Science or Coastal Engineering (or cognate subject) and, ideally, significant experience in remote sensing. In addition to excellent written and verbal communication, time-management and team-working skills, you should be able to organize and analyze large data sets from remote sensing applications as well as have a good understanding of wave and current physics. A high level of computing literacy including familiarity with Linux operating systems and distributed data serving protocols is also desirable and knowledge of radar systems would be an added plus.

This post is full time working 37 hours per week and is initially funded for 12 months with opportunity for the Fellow assist in extending the position.

The position represents an outstanding opportunity to further a career in remote sensing and the developing field of marine renewable energy at an internationally-leading centre of coastal research.

For an informal discussion: please contact Dr. Daniel Conley by email at

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 5 August 2013.
Interviews are expected within 3 weeks of the closing date.

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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