Research Fellow in Earth Observation

University of Stirling

Stirling, , GB

Post Details

Research Fellow in Earth Observation
Fixed Term Contract: up to 36 Months
Full time
Grade 7 – £32,548 – £38,833 p.a 
The closing date for this is midnight on Sunday 26th August 2018

The Post

The University of Stirling is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated research fellow in Earth observation to work across three new Horizon 2020 projects on the development and application of satellite remote sensing for monitoring water quality in lakes and coastal waters and the integration of these data with novel in situ sensor observations. The successful applicants will join a rapidly growing and world-leading research group at the University of Stirling that has attracted more than £2 million in research funding over the last five years.

The University

The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.

In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by £50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.

With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally-excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University’s groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling’s research is making a positive impact on people’s health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.

The essence of the University is its great people: its staff (1,500+), students (14,000+) and alumni (85,000+) are helping to shape the world. In 2018, the University retained its five-star QS rating, awarded to world-class universities. With more than 120 nationalities represented on campus, Stirling is a truly global university of distinction and an employer of choice.

Stirling’s leading researchers, scholars and global student population are attracted by the University’s unique learning environment, exceptional facilities, beautiful campus and student-centred approach, where ability, not background, is recognised and valued.

Equality and diversity, and treating everyone with respect, are central to the University’s ethos and activities. Stirling promotes equality and celebrate diversity through a variety of initiatives. The University is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award – the national charter recognising best practice in advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University is located in the city of Stirling; the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The 330-acre campus encompasses a loch, a golf course and the 18th-century Airthrey Castle. It is undoubtedly one of the most attractive campuses in Europe; ranked 1st in Scotland and the UK, in the International Student Barometer 2016.

About Us

The Faculty of Natural Sciences was formed in August 2016 and encompasses the Divisions of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Computing Science and Mathematics, Psychology and the Institute of Aquaculture. The FNS is a distinctive academic arena where new fundamental understandings of the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological, environmental and aquatic systems are created, explored and tested. Results of REF2014 confirmed that our research is regarded as world-leading and internationally excellent. Our research is supported through UK Research Councils, the European Union and a range of research charities and private enterprises. We work with businesses and public service organizations both at home and overseas to achieve direct and positive outcomes for society across a range of critical problems.

Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES)

The strength of BES lies in our unique focus on the interface between people and the environment, which positions us well to exploit growing funding opportunities and to develop strong student interest in environmental and ecological systems science and management. Our research interests are broad, ranging from conservation and evolutionary ecology to environmental processes including carbon and nutrient cycling, aquatic sciences and ecology, pollution, environment and human health, and impact monitoring. Research activities are led by 34 principal investigators who seek to understand the fundamental processes driving the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity from the genetic to the ecosystem level, how environments and ecosystems from local to global scales have changed over annual to millennial timescales and to predict and mitigate the future impacts of anthropogenic change and natural hazards. Our findings integrate science, policy and practice; they are used to inform national and international policy makers and practitioners in conservation and environmental regulation, planning and management. Our research and impacts are found in all continents of the world and positions us as a leading institution in Environmental Protection and Biological Conservation. Our location, the City of Stirling, is fast becoming a centre for environmental and conservation activity in Scotland, with four times the national average number of jobs in the environment sector.

Description of Duties

The successful candidate will work across the H2020 project Monocle. This project is focused on the development, testing and commercialization of novel in situ sensors for water quality monitoring and satellite validation. The successful research fellow will be responsible for the planning, implementation and execution of laboratory- and field-based experiments to test, inter-compare and evaluate novel new sensors for in situ measurements of water quality and atmospheric properties for satellite validation. In addition, the research fellow will support the development of the Limnades database for the management, quality control and sharing of in situ data for satellite validation.

The Stirling team are involved in a number funded research programmes and there may also be opportunities for the successful candidates to contribute to other projects (e.g. NERC GloboLakes, Danubius, supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project students in the field and laboratory and contribute to and lead on applications for new research funding and fellowships.

Essential Criteria

  • Good honours degree (or equivalent) or relevant masters degree
  • PhD in remote sensing, optics, sensor engineering or related area in environmental physics
  • Evidence of recent academic research output that would be judged as meeting the criteria of international excellence
  • Experience calibrating, maintaining and deploying in situ optical or other environmental sensors
  • Skills in computer programming in one or more languages (e.g. Python or R)
  • Willingness to a travel extensively within the UK and Europe for fieldwork
  • Valid UK or international driving licenses are also essential
  • Evidence of goal orientation and achievement
  • Positive attitude
  • Self motivated
  • Time management skills including ability to prioritise workload
  • Ability to get on with, and to work with, others
  • Trustworthy and reliable

Desirable Criteria

  • Desire and potential to supervise research postgraduate students
  • Desire and potential to raise research grant income
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level
  • Experience in the design, manufacture and deployment of in situ environmental sensors and skills in the construction and management of complex datasets would be highly advantageous

Additional Information

Please contact Professor Andrew N. Tyler for further information about this position [email protected]  

The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme with employer contributions of 18%. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University’s excellent Sport Centre facilities and the option of childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme.

The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme with employer contributions of 18%. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University’s excellent Sport Centre facilities and the option of childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme.

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