Graduate Opportunity

InSAR Scientist

2021 Programme

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CGG’s consulting services offer comprehensive geoscience knowledge and provide our clients with valuable insight into all aspects of natural resource exploration and development, from basin prospectivity to reservoir modeling and economic analysis.

CGG’s Satellite Mapping division provide world leading remote sensing and digital cartographic information.
We offer our clients comprehensive services from satellite data acquisition and image processing, through interpretation and validation, to production of derived maps and reports.

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Reporting to the InSAR Technical Lead, the InSAR scientist will be responsible for the development and maintenance of InSAR processing workflows and algorithms, 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 develop expertise in 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 may be have the opportunity 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, and develop and lead client workshops/seminars.

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.


The successful candidate will be educated to MSc or PhD level (or equivalent relevant commercial experience) 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 and a strong interest in working in Python, MATLAB, or a similar programming language, is essential for this role. Experience with SQL, C#, Django, git, GDAL and similar, geospatial development, or of processing other types of remote sensing data, would also be an advantage.

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.

Learning and Development

Our culture of learning and complementary approach to supported or self-guided career development, enables the design of tailored courses to suit specific needs of each individual to aid personal growth in areas related to technical, commercial and personal skills, via an extensive suite of CGG developed courses, managed through our own CGG learning hub.­

Benefits Package

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Highly attractive bonus scheme
  •  Initially 22 days' holiday with future increases, complemented by a flexible buying and selling holiday program
  • Company contributory pension plan
  • Accommodation assistance program
  • Flexible Private Medical & Dental care programs, tailored to suit individual or family needs
  • Employee Assistance Program to support our staff 

We Care about our Staff and Environment

We recognise the importance of work life balance for our employees, which is supported through our flexible working and relaxed dress code policies.

We recognise and actively support the wellbeing of our staff through many different initiatives;

  • Onsite exercise opportunities and promotion of active lifestyles
  • Recently refurbished kitchen facilities
  • Regular social club events, spontaneous reward events throughout the year
  • Many discounts schemes, including Gym membership and a cycle purchase scheme

We encourage and actively support a strong sense of community, through volunteering and various company initiatives, as well as a strong company commitment to protecting our environment through sustainable solutions, energy saving and waste reduction enterprises.

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