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Research Associate for JRC-ACRI GBOV (Ground-based observations for validation) project

13 February 2018

UCL/MSSL has a vacancy for a post-doctoral research scientist funded by the JRC through a contract managed by ACRI-ST to join Prof. Jan-Peter Muller's Imaging Group. Prof. Muller's Imaging group is engaged in developing, processing and validating climate quality global datasets (including BRDF/albedo, wind and cloud properties), primarily from EO sensors, for inter-comparison with other planets, such as Mars and in the analysis of Sun-planetary connections to planetary climate. 

This post is mainly concerned with validating satellite-derived products (in particular, surface reflectance, BRDF, albedo) using ground-based tower measurements taking surface heterogeneity into account. This requires in the first instance a thorough understanding of remote sensing physics for the derivation of these products both from satellite and in situ measurements. Then, developing a suitable strategy for quality control and assurance including converting and filtering the data for an appropriate inter-product comparison and validation. This will also include assessing upscaling properties from the in situ measurements and deriving sub-canopy spectral BRF of soil from tower-based hyperspectral observations, from processed airborne orthorectified hyperspectral BRFs and from EO very high resolution multispectral measurements from the next generation ≤1m sensors.

In addition, the applicant would be expected to collaborate with other members of the Imaging group working on machine vision applications to EO and planetary datasets. 

MSSL is a multi-disciplinary laboratory, with a long track record in the design, build,

operation and exploitation of EO, space and astrophysics instrumentation. MSSL was selected by ESA to develop the CRYOSAT instrument and has previously been involved in radiometric calibration of the (A)ATSR(2) series of SST measurements. Prof. Muller has been a member of the NASA EOS MODIS and MISR science teams since 1990 responsible for the development of the operational multi-angle retrieval of surface BRDF/albedo and cloud-top and aerosol-top heights and winds.

Further information about MSSL in general can be found at  Specific questions about the post should be addressed to Professor Jan-Peter Muller ( in the first instance. 

CLOSING DATE: Midnight 12 March 2018

Salary: Range £31,604 - £38,833 depending on experience
Start date: as soon as possible 
Duration: until 31st August 2018 in the first instance
Location: Holmbury St. Mary, Surrey, UK

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