ARGANS is a small, independent company of scientists and software developers based in Plymouth; our clients include the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as the European Commission. We are currently involved with Copernicus missions Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3, the Earth Explorer SMOS mission and Horizon2020 Space projects.

Summary of the role:

We are currently recruiting a Junior Earth Observation Scientist to provide technical and scientific support across a number of our projects, including but not limited to SMOS, CoReSyF, Sen2Coral, Sentinel-2&3 and RESMALI. This is a varied role so candidates should be highly motivated with a passion for science and engineering and be able to work independently using your own initiative to satisfy client requirements in a timely and efficient manner. You will need to be comfortable working within a team which is part of a larger consortium and is often spread throughout Europe and therefore have excellent communication skills.

This is a developmental position, so if you have a BSc or post graduate qualification in Remote Sensing, Oceanography, Geography or other related field and have a high level of computer literacy and working knowledge of optical remote sensing/marine optics, we would love to hear from you!

Previous experience of working within a Linux environment and some programming skills would be beneficial, but training can be provided.

This is a full time position (40 hours per week) located in our Plymouth offices in South Devon. All employees are:

  • entitled to 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) each year
  • included within a bonus scheme (after successful completion of the probation period and payable on satisfactory performance of both the company and individual over the course of a financial year)

Additional benefits, such as our pension scheme, cycle to work and childcare voucher scheme, corporate health cover and income protection plan for employees working in the UK, are available. Where deemed appropriate, a relocation package will be provided for the successful candidate.

Primary role and responsibilities:

The successful candidate will contribute to larger European EO activities and projects, including data processing and analysis, software development, calibration and validation activities and quality control of both satellite and in-situ data.

The successful candidate will provide scientific and technical support to Senior Scientists and Engineers, which will involve:

  • Data Analysis
  • Image Processing
  • Database Management
  • Data Quality Control
  • Technical report writing and performing quality control for technical documentation
  • Developing code solutions to facilitate work on ARGANS/Client projects
  • Occasionally attending meetings and/or conferences abroad
  • Any other additional duties as required by the business, on an ad hoc basis

These details plus a candidate specification in terms of skills, knowledge, experience and qualities can be downloaded: Role Profile & Candidate Specification.

Application Procedure:

All applications must be submitted using an ARGANS application form from our website. For further information or to request an application form, please contact Lorraine on 01752 764298 or email

Our interview process consists of two stages; stage one is an informal Skype interview and should you be successful, you will then proceed to stage two which is an interview day, held at our Plymouth offices.


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  • Address: 1 Davy Road, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford, PLYMOUTH, PL6 8BX

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