ARGANS is a small, independent company of 30 scientists and software developers based across our three offices in Plymouth, Devon, UK, Sophia-Antipolis and Brest, France, and work with sister companies in France, Canada, Luxembourg and Morocco.

Our clients include the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as the European Commission and private clients. We are currently involved with Copernicus missions (Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3) as well as projects relating to Ocean Salinity and Soil Moistures, Marine Litter detection, Coastal Erosion and Coastal Charting using Satellite Derived Bathymetry. We collaborate with various research institutes, private companies and independent consultants, located across Europe, on many of our projects.

Job Vacancies

Scientist in Coastal Management

Salary: £25,000 for an MSc to £30,000 for PhD, adjusted accordingly if based in France   Closing Date: No later than 28th May 2019, 12:00 (midday)   Download Application Form

We are currently recruiting a specialist of coastal zone geophysics. This is a full time position (40 hours per week, over 5 days), working either from our Plymouth office in South Devon or from our Sophia-Antipolis office in Provence-Côte d’Azur.

The successful candidate will contribute to our European EO activities and projects (remote sensing from satellites) related to the assessment of coastal change, coastal flooding and risk mapping, being in charge of projects in cooperation with European partners. The related knowledge/ education of the candidates shall be, in addition to basics in remote sensing of the earth from satellites (so-called Earth Observation or EO, with Micro Wave sensors, i.e. SAR, + optical sensors, i.e. from VNIR to LWIR), in the following topics:

  • Environmental status of the seashore incl. estuaries and wetlands, and more broadly the coastal zone (offshore to back-shore), from economy & ecosystem points of view incl. geology, hydraulics, physical/biological parameters, biodiversity, submarine water discharges, etc,
  • environmental management of the coastal zone (ICZS), incl. risk management (e.g. flooding, erosion & accretion, chemical pollution & litter); design of vulnerability indices,
  • Coastal morphology evolution, i.e. erosion & accretion, with waves, tides, currents, etc. for open & sheltered coast,
  • waves modelling, incl. refraction/diffraction fields,
  • unconsolidated sediment/ granular materials’ classification + creation, deposition, suspension & transport (cross-shore and alongshore) according to waves, tides and currents,
  • coastal protection systems/structures, coastal protection actions,
  • land and hydrographic surveys, e.g. photogrammetry, swath bathymetry, topography, I-R and blue-green lidar, ..., and, mostly by remote sensing from satellites (VNIR, SAR) for shore delineation, spectral VNIR bands analysis for SDB (satellite derived bathymetry), stereoscopy for land terrain modelling, and SAR interferometry for detailed altimetry changes,
  • Design and operation of GIS,
  • Chart datums.

Most critical is the knowledge in environmental hydraulics, supplemented by knowledge in surveys (in particular by remote sensing from satellite or EO). Knowhow based on experience, even at educational level (e.g. master thesis) is expected in at least 2 of the previously listed topics.

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Junior EO Scientist

Salary: £24,000 to £25,000+ per annum, depending on experience   Closing Date: 12:00 (midday) 31st May 2019   Download Application Form

We are currently recruiting a Junior Earth Observation Scientist to provide technical and scientific support across a number of our projects. This is a varied role so candidates should be highly motivated with a passion for science and engineering and be able to work independently using your own initiative to satisfy client requirements in a timely and efficient manner. You will need to be comfortable working within a team which is part of a larger consortium and is often spread throughout Europe and therefore have excellent communication skills.

This is a developmental position, if you have a BSc or post graduate qualification in Remote Sensing, Oceanography, Geography or other related field and have a high level of computer literacy and working knowledge of optical remote sensing/marine optics, we would love to hear from you! Previous experience of working within a Linux environment and some programming skills would be beneficial, but training can be provided.

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Application Procedure

All applications must be submitted using ARGANS application form which is available from our website or by emailing Please complete the form and submit it to no later than the closing date and time specified on this advert.


We host interns from the UK and EU throughout the year; offering both funded and non-funded internships, we ask for a minimum of 3 months commitment and can last up to 12 months.


We will advertise our funded internship opportunities here (usually around January/February, for the summer) but if you would like to discuss the possibility of undertaking your year in industry or placement with ARGANS at an alternative time of the year, please do get in touch at

We particularly welcome individuals who have experience in science and programming; languages commonly used here include: C, C++, Python, Matlab and IDL.

Please note that due to the nature of the work we undertake at ARGANS, we are unable to offer work experience to individuals who have not yet begun a relevant Higher Education qualification.

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"Working with ARGANS gives me the opportunity to contribute to the international Sentinel-2 mission, working with scientists across Europe to deliver state-of-the-art earth observation data"

Lawrence DudleyOperator - ARGANS

"Since joining ARGANS I’ve seen the company grow hugely, which makes it an exciting place to develop my career, I feel I have the opportunity to make a positive impact here. Our office culture is one of friendship and helping each other out. I love to try and help my colleagues solve their code problems!"

Rhiannon DaviesEO Scientist - ARGANS

"The office culture is wonderful! I really appreciate working with the team to problem solve for a particular project as a collective, finding solutions that the individual may not find on their own."

Emily PeartIntern - ARGANS