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Senior Engineer (Electronics, Optics and Metocean), NASA-MarONet, Curtin University, Perth

Website Curtin University

Full-time, fixed term 2-year position

Start: as soon as possibly available.

Project description:
MarONet is a marine optical buoy to be deployed off Perth, Western Australia. A similar system is deployed in Hawaii.
These buoys are equipped with state-of-the-art hyperspectral radiometers, whose measurements are used to derive the reflectance of the ocean in the visible domain. The data will be used for what is called the “System Vicarious Calibration” of the NASA “PACE” mission, to be launched in 2024 (  MarONet is funded by the US NASA, with University of Miami (UM, Florida) being the prime contracted institution, and Curtin University (Perth, WA) being contracted under UM.

Summary job description:
The proposed position consists in managing the equipment, which includes two sister buoys. Activities include reception of the equipment from the US, its assembly and testing in the Curtin facility that will host the project, organising its deployment and actively participating to the deployment, servicing the equipment on site (at sea; off Perth) on an approximately monthly basis, on-site swap of the two sister buoys, shipment of the recovered equipment to the US for re-calibration. The first 6 months of the activity will include frequent interaction with the Hawaii team, and also travel to the Hawaii facility for training on the preparation and deployment of the buoys.

A sun-photometer site will also be developed on Rottnest Island as part of the AERONET (, which will also require regular servicing.

The project is led in Perth by Prof. David Antoine, head of the remote sensing and satellite research group, to whom you can direct any questions (

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