Lecturer in Remote Sensing

University of Stirling

Stirling, UK 🇬🇧

Post Details

Full time
Fixed term for 24 months
(Applications for part-time or flexible working will be considered for this post)

The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 21 July 2021
Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 11 August 2021

For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2311

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity

The Post

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual to support the research and teaching initiatives within Biological and Environmental Sciences. 

Environmental and ecological processes operate over a range of spatiotemporal scales.  The assessment of the impact of environmental change necessitates observations across these scales and often at high frequency.  The successful candidate will join a vibrant research group that is pioneering in the use of optical and radar-based satellite remote sensing.  The research group’s focus is largely around aquatic environments, especially in water quality and quantity and is supported by a number of EU Horizon 2020, UKRI NERC and European Space Agency funded research programmes.  This position is not restricted to a water focus and candidate with a wider research portfolio are also encouraged.

Description of Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake and lead internationally excellent research, deliver high quality relevant reaching and supervision from undergraduate to postgraduate level, provide appropriate administration support and integrate with activities across the Faculty of Natural Sciences.  The candidate will also be encouraged to participate in research and innovation opportunities within Scotland’s International Environment Centre and related developments.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Engage in individual and collaborative research in remote sensing, which aligns to the strategic direction of the University, establish a distinctive programme of research and disseminate results through regular publication in high impact journals, books and conference proceedings
  • Identify appropriate sources of funding, prepare research proposals for funding body and manage grants awarded
  • Supervise research students and staff as required, providing direction, support and guidance
  • Design, teach and assess a range of teaching and learning, supervision and assessment activities across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including online/digital programmes where required
  • Contribute to curriculum review and enhancement, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning
  • Participate in the Faculty’s international engagement activities as required e.g. delivering teaching, contributing to joint programmes and recruitment of students
  • Participate in, and develop, networks and collaborations both internally and externally to the Division/Faculty/University
  • Participate in the administrative processes of the Division/Faculty/University including committee membership, quality assurance procedures and recruitment and admission of students
  • Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post

Essential Criteria


  • PhD in remote sensing or related disciplines, including engineering, (geo)physics, earth and environmental science and ecology
  • Honours degree (or equivalent) or relevant Masters degree

Knowledge, Skills & experience

  • Established track record of high quality published research that would meet the REF criteria of international excellence
  • A record of involvement in applications for external funding for research and/or knowledge transfer
  • Experience of supervising dissertation projects across the range of undergraduate/ postgraduate and potential to supervise research postgraduate students
  • Experience of providing high quality, research-led, teaching in remote sensing or related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level preferably including online/digital programmes
  • Potential to contribute fully to curriculum development and management
  • Experience of designing and delivering course modules, or proven ability to design and deliver course modules focussing on remote sensing and its applications to the environmental sciences
  • Evidence of contributing efficiently and effectively in administrative roles including successful co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others
  • Demonstrable laboratory and field-based research skills and broad Earth observation knowledge, as relevant to the nature of the post

Desirable Criteria


  • Higher Education teaching qualification or equivalent e.g. PGCert and/or holding an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and be working towards Fellowship

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Evidence of collaborative research with other institutions and interdisciplinary work
  • Experience of supervising PhD students as primary supervisor
  • Evidence of pursuing non-academic impact of your research
  • Experience of both small and large group teaching
  • Ability and willingness to teach across the curriculum
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning
  • Experience of using innovative teaching approaches
  • Evidence or knowledge to support international activities
  • Evidence or knowledge of the Higher Education context and regulatory framework

Behaviours and Competencies

The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  1. Managing self and personal skills
    Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.
  2. Delivering excellent service
    Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.
  3. Finding solutions
    Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.
  4. Embracing change
    Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.
  5. Using resources effectively
    Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.
  6. Engaging with the wider context
    Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.
  7. Developing self and others
    Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.
  8. Working together
    Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.
  9. Achieving Results
    Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

About Us

The strength of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Stirling ES lies in our unique interdisciplinary 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 and catchment sciences, landscape and forest ecology, evolutionary biology, environment and human health, energy and environmental sustainability. Research activities are led by 38 principal investigators who seek to understand the fundamental processes driving the evolution and maintenance of the natural environment and its interactions with human populations.  We develop and exploit a range of technologies from Earth observation through to molecular techniques to understand how environments function and ecosystems are impacted from local to global scales and over annual to millennial timescales. We deliver the evidence to transform the management of conflicts between the environment, ecosystems and society and 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 position us as a leading institution in Environmental Protectionand Biological Conservation. The recent City Deal investment from UK and Scottish Governments in Scotland’s International Environment Centre is a catalyst for driving our mission forward to work sustainably with the environment to promote economic and societal growth within the UK and globally. 

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 https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/our-vision/our-strategy/ (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by ÂŁ50 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.

For more information on working at Stirling, please visit https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/work-at-stirling/.

The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University’s excellent Sport Centre facilities.

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