Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is an independent, impartial provider of innovative and timely fundamental, strategic and applied research from inland waters to the open ocean. With world-class research capacity in global Earth Observation, ecosystem modelling and marine ecosystem functioning, its core research program topics include climate change, marine pollution and sustainability.

PML has one of the largest aquatic remote sensing groups in the world with 40 permanent staff, undertaking both fundamental research and operational regional and global EO data processing. The group hosts the NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) to provide EO data and services to the UK environmental communities.

NEODAAS has been awarded a £1 million NERC “transformational” capital grant to purchase the Massive Graphical Processing Unit Cluster for Earth Observation (MAGEO) to facilitate application of Deep Learning to Earth Observation data. The cluster was installed in August 2020 and is built around 5 NVIDIA DGX-1 MaxQ nodes, providing a total of 204,800 CUDA cores with a dedicated 2 PB of storage, split into 1.5 PB NAS and 0.5 PB Lustre filesystem. NEODAAS has also been awarded funding for a dedicated AI/ML focussed post to support NEODAAS users to exploit MAGEO. That position will shortly be advertised, please keep an eye on our website for current vacancies.

In addition, PML seeks to collaborate with a post-doctoral researcher to apply for and undertake applied research focusing on the exploitation of AI/ML in Earth Observation, ideally in marine and freshwater, exploiting the significant high-performance computing infrastructure outlined above. We have identified a possible funding opportunity in the Research Fellowships offered by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and we now seek an early career scientist of exceptional promise who would like to apply for one of these fellowships jointly with PML as the host institute.

These research fellowships are “intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation (the opportunity of early independence).” Candidates must be in possession of a recent PhD, or equivalent qualification (normally with no more than 3 years postdoctoral experience), or be in the final stages of their PhD studies, which must be successfully completed before the award of a Fellowship can be confirmed. Applications for this fellowship opportunity open in October 2020 and full details can be found on the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 website.

Whilst selection will be on merit, PML is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and particularly welcomes applications from under-represented groups, for example Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and females.

Qualified individuals interested in applying with PML as the host institute should first send their C.V. and a cover letter to our Human Resources team at PML, email: explaining their suitability for the role and outlining their research concept by Friday 23 October 2020.