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Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) Scientist and Facility Developer

Are you a highly skilled InSAR scientist specialising in InSAR? Do you have experience in developing and implementing InSAR algorithms? Are you keen to apply your skills to scientific problem-solving? Would you like to join a world-leading programme of Earth Observation research?

The Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) is seeking an experienced InSAR scientist with skills in project management, InSAR algorithm development, and scientific programming to lead and develop COMET’s InSAR facility. COMET provides the UK with core strategic research in the exploitation of satellite measurements to study geohazards, using state-of-the-art Earth observation techniques, including Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR). 

In this role, you will lead and develop COMET’s automated InSAR processing facility in collaboration with the existing scientific teams.  Although based in Leeds, you will support scientists across our partner universities and the British Geological Survey to access and utilise the InSAR facility, as well as liaising with partner institutions on the acquisition and processing of InSAR data.

You will have a PhD in physics, geophysics, engineering, mathematics, computer science or a related subject, or have equivalent industry experience. You will have a track record of research in technical aspects of InSAR, strong programming skills, an enthusiasm for scientific research and problem-solving.  You will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to raise research funding, and the ability to lead and manage a small team.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Tim Wright, Professor of Satellite Geodesy

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 5258, email

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £40,792 to £48,677 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - this post is open to job share and flexible working
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until March 2022 due to external funding)
Release Date:  Friday 29 March 2019
Closing Date:  Tuesday 30 April 2019
Interview Date:  Thursday 30 May 2019
Reference:  ENVEE1315
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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