Earth Observation Scientist (at Graduate and Postgraduate levels, and above)

Wallingford, UK
Posted 3 years ago
  • Organization: HR Wallingford
  • Closing Date: 24th October 2021
  • Location: Wallingford, UK

Job Description (Earth Observation Scientist):

We have an exciting opportunity for an Earth Observation Scientist to join our friendly and inclusive Floods and Water Management group.

About the role

In response to growing demand and new opportunities, the Data Science team based in the Flood and Water Management Group at HR Wallingford is looking to expand its Earth Observation capability. This is to support our existing portfolio of successful Earth Observation downstream services and to research and develop new ones.  We have fantastic opportunities for Earth Observation Scientists at graduate, postgraduate and more senior levels.

About you

In addition to a strong interest in satellite Earth Observation and in the development of downstream systems and services for the benefit of the environment and society, you will have:

  • A degree or Masters degree in a relevant field such as Remote Sensing / Earth Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Geography / GIS, Physics;
  • Scientific coding skills, preferably in Python and strong skills handling numerical datasets;
  • A good understanding of optical and SAR remote sensing principles;
  • Strong skills in scientific and technical writing, problem solving and independent working.

The following would be an advantage:

  • Satellite image processing skills, for example, using gdal, SNAP, ERDAS, Google Earth Engine, ENVI;
  • Linux/Unix command line skills;
  • Experience of machine learning, especially for image analysis;
  • GIS and data visualisation experience.

We aspire to delivering excellence for our clients and work with them as partners to make sure we understand their needs and deliver the best possible solutions.  Our internal research programme means we are always striving to maintain cutting edge technical skills and knowledge.  Whether you are a recent graduate or looking for a more senior role, you will join a team of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards a professional qualification.

Flexible working

We are interested in relevant applicants looking for either part time, full time or fixed term employment.  Helping our people achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us, and we would be happy to explore flexible working and job share arrangements.  Please talk to us about the flexibility you need.  We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

About us

We deliver smart solutions wherever water interacts with people, infrastructure and the environment. Our specialist research and consultancy services help to protect vulnerable communities, improve lives and create resilience in the built and natural environments.

It’s our exceptional people that make us who we are. We are a diverse team, working together to push the boundaries of conventional thinking. We are innovators, bridging the gap between academia and industry. As a not-for-profit company, we don’t have shareholders; instead our profits are used to fuel our research and to develop our people, our tools and our technology. We value the independence this brings us; we have the freedom to make decisions that sustain our colleagues, our business and our environment in the long term, creating a company that we are all proud to be part of.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

Additional information

Further information about our company culture is found at including our approach to Diversity and Inclusion. Further information about the application process including flexible working, pre employment screening and sponsorship is found at

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • A defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer (up to 15% with matched funding)
  • 22 days holiday, plus three days discretionary company holiday and eight bank holidays,
  • Permanent health insurance (subject to eligibility rules).
  • Flexible working hours which allows for additional leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs
  • Onsite restaurant, gym and nursery.
  • Active sports and social club.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme

How to apply

Candidates who require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.

Click the “Apply now” button below to complete our online application form. You will need to attach a two-page CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter explaining your suitability for this role.

Closing Date: 24th October 2021

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

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