Graduate InSAR Scientist


Direct Entry Job Permanent Edenbridge, UK

Uploaded 12 Aug 2020

Job Description

Company Description

CGG is a pioneering Technology Company providing world-class fully integrated Geoscience services within the global Energy sector. We employ in excess of 5,300 people worldwide, who bring a unique blend of talent and energy through working together to deliver unrivalled innovative solutions to our customers.

Through our cutting-edge Technology in Geoscience and customer focus, we have achieved outstanding leadership with a strong focus on innovation and a commitment to delivering the best sustainable solutions to our clients’ energy challenges. We bring our clients a unique range of technologies and services, designed to generate stunning 3D images, geological data and remote sensing information of the Earth’s subsurface structures.

Job Description

CGG’s Satellite Mapping business unit is a world-leading supplier of satellite imagery and elevation data, and innovative derived mapping and monitoring solutions.

Our technology and expertise transform satellite image pixels into actionable information, reducing risk and uncertainty across a variety of applications and markets including Oil & Gas, Mining, Engineering, Environment and Defence.

An exciting collection of new roles have been opened up that will support the development and operational roll-out of our next generation of solutions.

Reporting to the InSAR Projects Lead, the InSAR scientist will be responsible for the production and delivery of InSAR results, as well as contributing to the management and coordination of commercial projects (from enquiry, through to production and delivery), ensuring they work to established procedures and quality standards. They will contribute to internal InSAR research and development (R&D) initiatives (e.g. algorithm development) to ensure the team functions at a high technical level and maintains its world-leader status in ground deformation mapping. Furthermore, the employee will assist with publishing results of their work through research journals, articles, international conferences and client seminars. On joining CGG Satellite Mapping the employee will embark on an intensive, hands-on programme of training and mentoring that will aim to develop them to a high level of proficiency as soon as possible.

From a technical perspective the employee will be involved in mastering the use of GAMMA InSAR software and CGG Satellite Mapping’s proprietary processing developments and workflows to ensure that commercial projects and R&D initiatives are delivered on time and to the highest possible quality, whilst also ensuring that the team remains at the cutting-edge of InSAR science.

Day-to-day responsibilities will include liaising with clients, contributing to team discussions and meetings, data processing, iterative processing refinement and troubleshooting, reporting, deliverables creation and quality checking, and R&D activities that form a crucial part of our culture of innovation. As part of our innovation activities, the employee will be expected to contribute to publicly funded research initiatives such as those sponsored by ESA.

There will be opportunities to author peer-reviewed research papers and commercial articles, represent the company at technical conferences, develop and lead client workshops/seminars, and support the production and delivery of InSAR multi-client products.

The successful delivery of our commercial projects is at the heart of the team’s success. Many of our projects are long-term monitoring studies that require excellent communication with our clients, attention to detail and a consistent quality of deliverables. We are a team that operate internationally, as such the individual will be expected to communicate efficiently and in an appropriate manner to clients from different countries and cultural backgrounds. Where necessary the individual will be expected to travel to help secure and manage projects, provide training and present our work at international conferences.

CGG Satellite Mapping is based in Edenbridge, Kent, United Kingdom. During the COVID-19 pandemic all staff are home-based.

Person Specification


The successful candidate will be educated to BSc, MSc or PhD level (or equivalent) in remote sensing, geophysics, physics or mathematics or a subject similarly applied and numerate. Experience working with SAR or InSAR data would be highly desirable but not essential.

Experience working in Python or a similar programming language would be an advantage, as would experience of processing other types of remote sensing data.

A number of other advantageous skills include, experience using ArcGIS, QGIS (or equivalent), time series analysis, geophysical modelling, and some experience of complementary surveying methods such as terrestrial radar, GPS, levelling, or near-surface geophysics.

Written and verbal competency in English essential. Written and verbal competency in Spanish beneficial.