Research Fellow Earth Observation

University of Stirling

United Kingdom

September 23, 2022

Description

Research Fellow Earth Observation Apply Post Details

Full time Fixed term for 15 Months

The closing date for applications is midnight on 23 September 2022 Interviews are expected to take place on Week commencing 3 October 2022

There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK.

For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119.

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

The University of Stirling invites applications for a Research Fellow in Earth Observation to join the Earth and Planetary Observation Science Research Group. We are looking for a candidate with expertise in remote sensing of inland, coastal and marine environments to lead an assessment of existing and emerging end-user and stakeholder needs with a particular focus on Copernicus water services (as part of the H2020 WaterForce project)

The successful candidate will be expected to engage with the international scientific community, policymakers and various water-related sectors to assess their needs and expectations with respect to Earth observation data and services

In addition, the postholder will be expected to play a central role in supporting the development of a roadmap for the next Copernicus services for inland waters

Description of Duties

Engage and work with the international scientific community, stakeholders from industry, and policymakers across various water-related sectors by administrating surveys and convening meetings and workshops to inform future Earth observation services for water

Lead the authoring of projects reports and deliverables, write or contribute to publications, present research findings at scientific or industry-related meetings, and disseminate research to non-scientific audiences through appropriate media and forums

Contribute to proposals to secure funding, including drafting grant proposals and planning for future proposals from internal and external bodies to support future research related to the existing post

Have a willingness to travel extensively within the UK and internationally for scientific meetings, sometimes independently

Any other project-related duties, commensurate with the grade of the post

Contribute to other projects and collaborate with academic colleagues, across disciplines, on areas of shared research interest and to ensure that research advances inform faculty teaching effort

Essential Criteria

Qualifications:

PhD in an appropriate discipline such as remote sensing, geophysics, or environmental engineering/science or aquatic sciences

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Knowledge of remote sensing techniques, Copernicus and their application to the monitoring of inland, coastal, or marine environments
  • Developing ability to conduct individual research work and to disseminate results.
  • Experience of engaging and working with stakeholders
  • Ability to routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding as well as to peers using high level skills and a range of media
  • Problem solving skills including an ability to take a flexible and pragmatic approach
  • Attributes:

  • Evidence of goal orientation and achievement
  • Positive, collegiate attitude to work life and working with others
  • Self-motivated, ability to use initiative and potential for independent thought and working
  • Time management skills including ability to prioritise workload
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Experience in using SAR for one or more of: monitoring surface water state, detection of marine assets or assessment of coastal morphology
  • Experience in the integration of data from remote sensing, in situ sensors and/or models
  • Familiarity with standard methods for the laboratory analysis of water samples.
  • Experience of contributing to grant income
  • Experience of supervising colleagues
  • Experience of managing a small research project or identified parts of a large project
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values

  • 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

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done

  • About Us

    Faculty of Natural Sciences

    The Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS) encompasses the Divisions of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Computing Science and Mathematics, Psychology and the Institute of Aquaculture. FNS is a distinctive academic arena where new fundamental understandings of the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological and environmental systems are created, explored and tested. The most recent national assessment of research - REF2021 -confirmed that 80% of our research is classed as world leading and internationally excellent. It is supported through UK Research Councils, European Union and a range of research charities We work with businesses and public service organisations both at home and overseas to achieve direct and positive outcomes for society across a range of critical problems. Substantial investment aligned with the City, Region, and Growth deals is supporting major new infrastructure developments linked to the Faculty including Scotland's International Environment Centre and the National Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Hub.

    Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES)

    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 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. Our research and impacts are found in all continents of the world and position us as a leading institution in Environmental Protection and Biological Conservation. In REF2021 all 100% of our research was rated as having either outstanding or very considerable impact.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling's research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

    The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

    More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

    The University has twice been recognised with a Queen's Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University's sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

    As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery. www. stir.ac.uk @stiruni

    Job number

    FAC01607

    Contract Type

    Fixed Term Contract

    Closing date

    23-Sep-2022

    Location:

    Stirling Campus

    Grade

    Grade7 £35,333-£42,155 p.a.

    Faculty/Service

    Faculty of Natural Sciences Post Details

    Full time Fixed term for 15 Months

    The closing date for applications is midnight on 23 September 2022 Interviews are expected to take place on Week commencing 3 October 2022

    There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK.

    For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119.

    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

    The University of Stirling invites applications for a Research Fellow in Earth Observation to join the Earth and Planetary Observation Science Research Group. We are looking for a candidate with expertise in remote sensing of inland, coastal and marine environments to lead an assessment of existing and emerging end-user and stakeholder needs with a particular focus on Copernicus water services (as part of the H2020 WaterForce project)

    The successful candidate will be expected to engage with the international scientific community, policymakers and various water-related sectors to assess their needs and expectations with respect to Earth observation data and services

    In addition, the postholder will be expected to play a central role in supporting the development of a roadmap for the next Copernicus services for inland waters

    Description of Duties

    Engage and work with the international scientific community, stakeholders from industry, and policymakers across various water-related sectors by administrating surveys and convening meetings and workshops to inform future Earth observation services for water

    Lead the authoring of projects reports and deliverables, write or contribute to publications, present research findings at scientific or industry-related meetings, and disseminate research to non-scientific audiences through appropriate media and forums

    Contribute to proposals to secure funding, including drafting grant proposals and planning for future proposals from internal and external bodies to support future research related to the existing post

    Have a willingness to travel extensively within the UK and internationally for scientific meetings, sometimes independently

    Any other project-related duties, commensurate with the grade of the post

    Contribute to other projects and collaborate with academic colleagues, across disciplines, on areas of shared research interest and to ensure that research advances inform faculty teaching effort

    Essential Criteria

    Qualifications:

    PhD in an appropriate discipline such as remote sensing, geophysics, or environmental engineering/science or aquatic sciences

    Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Knowledge of remote sensing techniques, Copernicus and their application to the monitoring of inland, coastal, or marine environments
  • Developing ability to conduct individual research work and to disseminate results.
  • Experience of engaging and working with stakeholders
  • Ability to routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding as well as to peers using high level skills and a range of media
  • Problem solving skills including an ability to take a flexible and pragmatic approach
  • Attributes:

  • Evidence of goal orientation and achievement
  • Positive, collegiate attitude to work life and working with others
  • Self-motivated, ability to use initiative and potential for independent thought and working
  • Time management skills including ability to prioritise workload
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Experience in using SAR for one or more of: monitoring surface water state, detection of marine assets or assessment of coastal morphology
  • Experience in the integration of data from remote sensing, in situ sensors and/or models
  • Familiarity with standard methods for the laboratory analysis of water samples.
  • Experience of contributing to grant income
  • Experience of supervising colleagues
  • Experience of managing a small research project or identified parts of a large project
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values

  • 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

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done

  • About Us

    Faculty of Natural Sciences

    The Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS) encompasses the Divisions of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Computing Science and Mathematics, Psychology and the Institute of Aquaculture. FNS is a distinctive academic arena where new fundamental understandings of the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological and environmental systems are created, explored and tested. The most recent national assessment of research - REF2021 -confirmed that 80% of our research is classed as world leading and internationally excellent. It is supported through UK Research Councils, European Union and a range of research charities We work with businesses and public service organisations both at home and overseas to achieve direct and positive outcomes for society across a range of critical problems. Substantial investment aligned with the City, Region, and Growth deals is supporting major new infrastructure developments linked to the Faculty including Scotland's International Environment Centre and the National Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Hub.

    Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES)

    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 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. Our research and impacts are found in all continents of the world and position us as a leading institution in Environmental Protection and Biological Conservation. In REF2021 all 100% of our research was rated as having either outstanding or very considerable impact.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling's research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

    The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

    More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

    The University has twice been recognised with a Queen's Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University's sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

    As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery. www. stir.ac.uk @stiruni

    About the employer

    The University of Stirling, established in 1967 through a royal charter, is a reputable public university in Stirling, Scotland. Lord Lionel Robbins, an acclaimed economist, was the university's first chancellor. Students can pursue both bachelor’s and master’s level programmes at...