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On Its Way to Mars, Cubesat Snaps Photo of Earth and the Moon

2018-05-16 20:23:54| Extremetech

It's a long way from getting any snapshots of Mars, so NASA pointed the camera back at Earth and got a nice "pale blue dot" homage. The post On Its Way to Mars, Cubesat Snaps Photo of Earth and the Moon appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Internal Research Fellow PostDoc on Exploiting Earth Observation for Climate Research

2018-05-15 11:26:46| Space-careers.com Jobs RSS

Research Fellowship Opportunity in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes. ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged. Post Internal Research Fellow PostDoc on Exploiting Earth Observation for Climate Research This post is classified F2. Location ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom Our team and mission The overall goal of the ESA Climate Office is to expand awareness, use and scientific impact of Earth Observation EO data records, especially from ESA satellites, by working with the international climate research and modelling communities. This is achieved through the following lines of activities Implementation of the Climate Change Initiative programme CCIcci.esa.int, that aims to develop a lasting and structured dialogue with climate research and modelling communities worldwide, analysing their needs for longterm satellitebased observations of the climate system, as expressed via the Global Climate Observing System GCOS, and assessing their feedback on available EO data records Translating these needs into technical performance specifications for Fundamental Climate Data Records FCDR and Essential Climate Variables ECV based on the complete ESA EO satellite archives, taking due care to account for the nature of different satellites Initiating and managing a suite of scientific analyses, data exploitation and system development activities to enhance ESAs capability to generate these records for climate research, modelling, attribution, projection, prediction, trend assessment, and data assimilation, as well as validation of the data sets with the corresponding scientific users. Exploiting the records generated through CCI to improve understanding of key science questions e.g. those identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC Working Group 1 Assessment Report AR5, 2013 and those identified through the GCOS Implementation Plan GCOS200. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website www.esa.int Fields of activitiesresearch In the framework of the above the selected candidate could choose to be involved in various activities depending on their previous research experience. For this opportunity, the suggested topics for potential research fellows are Developing activities common to a subset of climate projects, climate domains Atmospheric, Land and Ocean and their interfaces. Working with products from the various projects within the CCI portfolio see cci.esa.int focusing in particular on addressing key climate science questions e.g. those posed by IPCC. This should concentrate on a combination of ECVs delivered by established and new CCI projects. Working to support cross cutting activities such as data harmonisation, product consistency assessment, uncertainty characterisation. This can involve both CCI products and those outside ESA. Working on the derivation of Climate Indicators, as identified by GCOS, and their development and promotion for an informed general public. We encourage a wide range of proposals and can be reasonably flexible in what subjects can be covered. However, preference will be given to work involving ECVs delivered by projects managed directly by the ESA Climate Office1. 1 Aerosol, Cloud, Sea Ice, Soil Moisture, Fire, Glaciers, Land Surface Temperature, Lakes, Snow, Water Vapour Technical competencies Knowledge relevant to the field of research Researchpublication record Ability to conduct research autonomously Breadth of exposure coming from past andor current researchactivities Interest in space and space research Ability to gather and share relevant information Behavioural competencies Innovation Creativity Continuous Learning Communication Relationship Management Self Motivation Problem Solving CrossCultural Sensitivity Education Applicants should have recently completed, or be close to completion of a PhD in a related technical or scientific discipline. In particular for this position, Applicants should be early career researchers and must have completed their PhD or equivalent studies in a subject relevant to the work done by the ESA Climate Office, i.e. climatology, meteorology, hydrology or environmental sciences. Additional requirements Familiarity with andor experience in one or more of the following subjects is preferable climate science in relation to satellitebased Earth Observation, handling large data volumes preferably those derived from satellite sensors. data harmonisation, visualisation, model intercomparison or data assimilation Applicants should have good analytical and communication skills and should be able to work in a multicultural environment in a fairly autonomous manner. The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Other information For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework. The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests. The closing date for applications is 11 June 2018. In addition to your CV and your motivation letter, please add your proposal of no more than 5 pages outlining your proposed research in the additional documents field of the application information section. Candidates are asked to arrange for 3 reference letters, to be sent by the referees themselves, before the closing date to temp.htresa.int. Please ensure your name is mentioned in the subject of the email. If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resourcesesa.int. Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada and Slovenia as well as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia as European Cooperating States ECS. Priority will first be given to candidates from underrepresented Member States. In accordance with the European Space Agencys security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment Apply HERE

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Earth Observation EO Open Data Scientist

2018-05-09 17:25:58| Space-careers.com Jobs RSS

Vacancy in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes. ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged. Post Earth Observation EO Open Data Scientist This post is for a limited duration of 4 years, nonrenewable, and is classified A2A4 on the Coordinated Organisations salary scale. Location ESRIN, Frascati, Italy Description Reporting to the Head of the Research Development Section, Data Applications Division, Science, Applications Climate Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, the postholder in performing these tasks will work in close cooperation with other Directorate staff. The postholder will be part of a dynamic science team leading research and scientific activities, in partnership with European and international industry and academia, aimed at developing the next generation of EO methods, techniques and products, advancing Earth System Science ESS, pioneering Open Science practices, exploring novel collaborative research tools and translating this experience into novel EO mission ideas. As part of the RD Section, the postholder will be responsible for advancing Open Science and dataintensive research, exploring novel practices and tools to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research with a focus on ESS and maximising the benefits of new ITC capacity and novel datadriven research across Earth System disciplines. This involves operating in a dynamic collaborative environment connected to a team of EO experts and scientists at different ESA centres and to a network of research laboratories, scientific institutions and industrial partners distributed across all Member States. Duties The activities associated with this post will address multidisciplinary topics in the domains of Open Science and dataintensive science focusing mainly on scientific exploitation of ongoing and future ESA and European EO missions developing EO Open Science practices, collaborative research toolboxes and virtual research environments promoting knowledge transfer and sharing among scientists and across scientific disciplines in the broad areas of EO and ESS exploring new datadriven approaches from mathematical, statistical, information science and computer science fields applied to EO and ESS carrying out dataintensive science exploiting new ICT capacity to advance interdisciplinary research in ESS and maximise the scientific impact of ESA and European missions promoting novel citizen science initiatives involving the general public in ESA science activities through open collaborative tools and projects maintaining close dialogue with the international scientific community and major international science programmes fostering cooperation in the areas of EO Open Science and dataintensive Earth System research supporting research activities fostering novel developments and publications in the Open Science domain coordinating activities with the Directorates relevant Departments, notably Future Systems, EO Mission Management Ground Segment and Science, Applications Climate teams to maximise the overall coherence and effectiveness of ESA actions. These interrelated topics will be addressed by the EO Data Scientists with a focus on advancing and accelerating EO dataintensive science and Earth System Science maximising ESA and European EO mission impact. Technical competencies Knowledge of international scientific community Experience in earth system science and EO open science techniques Experience in the management and monitoring of research and development activities ESA Earth Observation missions and programmes Behavioural competencies Teamwork Innovation Creativity Problem Solving Education A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as engineering, Earth science, computer science, applied physics or data science. Other information For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework. The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset. The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests. The closing date for applications is 6 June 2018. If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resourcesesa.int. Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada and Slovenia. According to the ESA Convention the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States. When shortlisting for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from underrepresented Member States. see Nationality Targets In accordance with the European Space Agencys security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment. Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band A2 however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level. Apply HERE

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Earth Angel Helps Movie, TV Productions Reduce On-set Waste

2018-05-03 16:28:07| Waste Age

The startup has worked on the sets of commercials, TV series and 13 feature films.

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NASA, ESA Aim to Bring a Piece of Mars Back to Earth

2018-04-27 19:02:38| Extremetech

The first phase of the mission will kick off with the NASA 2020 Mars rover, but the return mission is still in the early planning stages. The post NASA, ESA Aim to Bring a Piece of Mars Back to Earth appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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