Specialist Radar Image Processing and Analysis

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The Pacific Community is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Geosciences Division (GSD) has three technical work programmes: Geoscience for Development, Water and Sanitation, and Disaster Reduction. Its services to SPC’s members include assessments of the potential of ocean and onshore mineral resources, maritime boundary data collection, coastal protection and management, geo-hazard assessment, and technical advice and assistance in the areas of water, wastewater, sanitation, disaster risk management, mapping and surveying (including GIS and remote sensing) and natural resources economics.

The role – The Specialist, Radar Image Processing and Analysis will be responsible for radar data image processing and analysis for the Pacific region.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Radar image data processing: Implement/adapt pre-processing chain, using open source software tools (e.g. ESA Sentinel toolbox), including geocoding, topographic normalisation and quality control.
  • Radar image enhancement: Reduce radar speckle through filter processes; select different polarisation and create pseudo colour images, and create multi-temporal images.
  • Perform radar image interpretation: Detect forest cover and forest cover change, applying consolidated and available methods; investigate mangrove mapping (using consolidated and available methods); investigate the detection to map logging roads and investigate detection and mapping of forest degradation.
  • Guide the installation of a radar data processing facility: Assist in the purchase of appropriate computer hardware, with fast processing facility and appropriate screen, and assist the purchase of appropriate software, including open source and propriety software products.
  • Inform member countries and territories about new capacity of SPC in radar data enhancement and analysis: Presentation of radar analysis results in relevant meetings/conferences and workshops; inform users in member countries and territories through own articles on SPC and PICISOC website and the Pacific Islands GIS&RS Newsletter, and disseminate relevant information through an email distribution list, GIS-PacNet

Key Selection Criteria

1. Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics from a recognised educational institution.

2. Essential experience and attributes

  • At least two years of work experience in remote sensing data 
  • Experience in database skills, especially in MS Access
  • Strong skills in statistics
  • Strong organisational and coordination skills, with the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 6 in SPC’s 2016 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 1,766‒2,207 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews.

Application procedure

Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application.

Applicants must apply online. Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must provide a resume and cover letter, including contact details for three professional referees.

Please do not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference.  These documents may be requested at a later stage.

Job Ref: JS000005
Submitted: 26-01-2017 04:17 PM
Applications Close: Saturday, 11 Feb 2017
Job Type: Contract – Local