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InSAR Scientist


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Company Description

CGG is a global geoscience technology leader. Employing around 3,700 people worldwide, CGG provides a comprehensive range of data, products, services and solutions that support our clients to more efficiently and responsibly solve complex natural resource, environmental and infrastructure challenges.

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The employee will join CGG Satellite Mapping, part of CGG’s Energy Transition & Environment (ETE) business line based in Edenbridge, UK.

We harness the unique capabilities of Earth observation satellites, providing innovative mapping and monitoring solutions, and access to the best imagery and elevation data, across a variety of applications and markets including Energy, Mining, Engineering, Environment and Defense.

This team is expanding rapidly, with a diverse collection of roles opening up through 2022.

Job Description

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 may also 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.

The employee may 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 are delivered on time and to the highest possible quality, whilst also ensuring that the team delivers an exemplary InSAR service.

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 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 at least MSc level in remote sensing, geophysics, physics or mathematics (or a subject similarly applied and numerate). Experience in remote sensing, GIS, geotechnical engineering, or mine engineering would be beneficial. Experience working with SAR or InSAR data, or any other remote sensing dataset, would be highly desirable but not essential.

A number of other advantageous skills include, experience using Python, MATLAB, 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.

Additional Information

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 University platform.­

Benefits Package

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • 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 
  • Hybrid working from our Edenbridge office – Up to 2-days home working per week

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.

We see things differently. Diversity fuels our innovation, we value the unique ways in which we differ, and we are committed to equal employment opportunities for all professionals.

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