Research Associate in Geographic Information Science (maternity cover), Leicester, Uk


Research Associate in Geographic Information Science (maternity cover)

School of Geography, Geology and Environment

Salary Grade 7 - £33,518 to £38,833 per annum, pro rata

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

We wish to appoint a research associate to work as technical project lead on the UK Copernicus Land Monitoring project team on the production of the CORINE UK land cover map 2018, the change map from 2012 to 2018 and the validation of High Resolution Layers (HRLs) for 2015. The project contributes to the obligations by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to report to the European Environment Agency. The team will use Copernicus satellite imagery from the Sentinel programme and additional spatial data sources. The role includes overseeing the production of the CLC2018 map and developing and implementing appropriate methods to validate the HRL datasets in accordance to guidelines set by the EEA.

Candidates are expected to hold a good honours degree, and PhD in Geography, Environmental Science or another relevant subject, or demonstrate equivalent professional experience. Experience in satellite image interpretation, GIS and remote sensing, are essential. Strong leadership and organisational skills are important as project manager for the grant as well as team working, time management, and good communication skills.

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Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Heiko Balzter on

The closing date for this post is midnight on 30 October 2017

We anticipate that interviews will take place on 14 November 2017