Research Associate (Physical Geography)

Newcastle University
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
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Salary: £30,942 per annum

Closing Date: 04 December 2020

The Role

The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and well qualified Research Associate with a background in remote sensing and satellite imagery analysis. A collaboration between Newcastle University, the Universities of Southampton and Hull in the UK and Can Tho Unviersity, the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research and the National Centre for Water Resources Planning and Investigation in Vietnam. You will contribute to novel research assessing the evolving population vulnerability in the Mekong delta resulting from human and physical processes exacerbated during the COVID19 crisis and recovery.

For informal enquiries about the position, please contact, Dr. Chris Hackney (

The position is available as soon as possible full-time, fixed-term for up to 9 months, to conclude by the project end date of 23/09/2021.

Key Accountabilities

  • Take lead on the analysis and interpretation of satelliite imagery
  • Liaise closley with partners in both the UK and Vietnam
  • Contribute to peer-reviewed research outputs 
  • Contribute to other work packages in the project where needed
  • Attend and contribtue to project meetings

The Person 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of working with remotely sensed satellite imagery 
  • Experience of programming and coding in Matlab, R, Python or similar
  • Ability to organise and manage data and information and report on findings to the relevant audience
  • Experience in communicating and working with non-academic audiences 
  • Ability to distil and communicate complex information 
  • An ability to work to deadlines, organise own workload and work independently
  • Ability to work well as part of a large multinational team is desirable

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Manages time and resources through efficient organisation
  • Works collaboratively with others and plays a positive role in team work
  • Takes responsibility for meeting own targets
  • Clear and concise communication
  • Happy working remotely to complete tasks as part of a broader team


  •  PhD in Physical Geography, Earth Science or similar field (awarded at time of application)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.