Research Associate/Research Fellow

Curtin University

The Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group (RSSRG) of Curtin invites applicants for a Post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position

  • $71,230 - $119,738 (ALA/ALB) plus 17% superannuation
  • 1.5 years, fixed term contract
  • Agile and inclusive working environment
Job reference: 720249

School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Our teaching and research is highly rated in global rankings (5th in Australia and 40th in the world for Earth and Marine Science – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, 2nd in Australia and 39th in the world for Earth Sciences – 2020 ARWU Subject Ranking).

In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment, Curtin was ranked well above world standard in geology and geochemistry, above world standard in oceanography and in physical geology and environmental geoscience, and at world standard in geomatic engineering and geophysics.
  
The Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group
  
RSSRG is a dynamic research group with rapid growth over the last few years, providing a favourable environment for developing a post-Doctoral project. This ARC-funded project also includes the collaborators mentioned above with Oregon State University and CSIRO. A PhD student will also be enrolled on this project, and strong interaction between the PDRA and this student is expected.
See details of the group activities at: http://rssrg.org.
  
Your new role
  
The Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group (RSSRG) of Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, invites applicants for a Post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position in application of satellite ocean colour remote sensing to oyster aquaculture.

The project: this PDRA position is supported by a new project that the RSSRG has been awarded by the “SmartSAT” Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) (https://smartsatcrc.com).  The project is called “OysterQual” and aims at developing a Proof of Concept and feasibility study utilising space technologies to advance the aquaculture markets in Western Australia remote and regional areas.

The project will investigate the feasibility of jointly using satellite remote sensing Earth Observation (EO; specifically ocean colour) and in-situ data to 1- help monitor remote aquaculture fields through near real-time data transmission, and 2- ultimately assist with identification of suitable shellfish growing sites based on water quality. The aim is to apply novel remote sensing technology to minimise the need for in-situ data in remote sites.

The in-situ data will be provided near real-time (NRT) through low-cost Internet-of-Things (IoT) satellite communication technology, so that remote locations where there is little or no telecommunication connectivity to shore (like many areas of Western Australia) can be targeted.

This pilot project will prototype a software solution ingesting EO, in-situ and model data, which can be trialled by our end-users to assess whether such a tool could assist them in determining the suitability of future sites.
This position is due to commence in June 2021.

Specifically, the PDRA would work on developing / applying specific algorithms for derivation of water quality parameters on selected oysters farming sites. This includes developing merging (fusion) techniques to synergistically use both the Sentinel3-OLCI and the Sentinel2-MSI sensors, so that the spectral information of OLCI and the high spatial resolution of MSI can be combined.

Expected qualifications: Candidates must have completed a PhD in a domain sufficiently close to what this project is all about. Strong expertise is expected in satellite ocean colour remote sensing, in particular using high-resolution sensors such as the ESA Sentinel2-MSI instrument. Expertise in data fusion is also needed, and in development of algorithms for the retrieval of water properties from ocean colour radiometry.  Experience with field bio-optics could be a significant plus. Proficiency with coding and data processing is expected.
  
Experience required (selection criteria):    
  • PhD in a discipline sufficiently close to what this project is addressing.
  • Strong expertise is expected in satellite ocean colour remote sensing, in particular using high-resolution sensors such as the ESA Sentinel2-MSI instrument.
  • Expertise in data fusion is also needed, and in development of algorithms for the retrieval of water properties from ocean colour radiometry.
  • Experience with field bio-optics could be a significant plus. Proficiency with coding and data processing is expected.
  • Demonstrated relevant subject/discipline knowledge and knowledge and experience in relevant research techniques.
  • Demonstrated competency in a range of qualitative and quantitative research tasks.
  • Emerging research track record/potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under supervision.
Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter, resume and separate document addressing the selection criteria to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. The selection criteria can be found under the section 'Experience required’ outlined above. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter. 

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Applications close: Wednesday, 26th May 2021

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on curtincareers@curtin.edu.au or call Natalie Munro on 08 9266 2280.
  
For any technical questions, please contact Professor David Antoine - david.antoine@curtin.edu.au.

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