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Assistant Professorship in Human Geography and Geographical Information Systems


Assistant Professorship in Human Geography and Geographical Information Systems

The University of Nottingham is accepting applications for this post of Lecturer in the School of Geography. This post is in the field of quantitative social research methods. A parallel substantive research record in Human Geography and Geographical Information Science (GIS) is also essential. Candidates should have completed, or nearly-completed, a PhD.

The candidate appointed will contribute to the teaching of the Q-Step Affiliate pathways in the social sciences, which are provided for students from a variety of social science disciplines. Additionally, the successful candidate will contribute to teaching of core modules offered by the School of Geography at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including teaching for the University of Nottingham’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. The successful candidate will contribute to research in the School of Geography. A further requirement will be to supervise student dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and contribute to the administration of the School of Geography. Duties will be commensurate with the level of appointment.

The School of Geography at Nottingham has one of the strongest groups of human geographers in the UK, with an international reputation for theoretically informed and empirically grounded research. The School is based within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

This is all full time permanent post.

Salary: £34,233 to £45,954 per annum pro-rata depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Closing Date: Wednesday, 3 June 2015.

Reference: SOC109715

In addition to the online application form, candidates should supply a CV, which includes details of their teaching and administrative experience and the areas of their research expertise. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and asked to supply samples of their publications.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Andrew Leyshon, tel: 0115 846 6147 or email Andrew.Leyshon at nottingham.ac.uk.

Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Please visit the website for further information or to apply for this post.

Date May 6, 2015

Project Officer (GIS) post with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust


Project Officer (GIS) post with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a UK-based charity which was established in May 2006 in response to ongoing declines in many bumblebee species, due primarily to habitat loss through agricultural intensification. In the last 70 years two species have become nationally extinct whilst populations of several others have crashed dramatically. Over one third of social bumblebee species are now regarded as species of principal importance under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Bumblebees are ‘keystone’ pollinators, integral to our natural environment, and providing significant economic benefits through pollination of crops. We aim to help bumblebees and the habitats that they depend on through conservation and education.

Introduction to project:

The Short-haired Bumblebee Project aims to reintroduce one of the UK’s extinct bumblebee species, Bombus subterraneus, and to work with farmers and other land owners to improve, restore and recreate flower-rich habitat to the benefit of all bumblebee species. It is a partnership project between the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Natural England, RSPB and Hymettus.

Job purpose:

The focus of the role will be to complete bumblebee surveys of common and rare species around the release site of Dungeness and Romney Marsh, undertake wild flower surveys of habitat the project has advised on, work with our wild flower habitat volunteer to recreate habitat across the release site, and to enter habitat records into a GIS mapping system.

Main responsibilities:

  • Bumblebee monitoring, following standardised survey methodology
  • Wild flower surveys
  • Habitat creation, working with the project volunteers to manage existing habitat, prepare land for sowing wild flower seeds and planting suitable wild flowers.
  • GIS mapping and data entry

Person Specification


  • Confidently able to identify the big seven bumblebee species
  • Able to identify common wild flower species
  • Experience of biodiversity monitoring and surveys
  • Experience of practical habitat management
  • Competent use of Microsoft Excel
  • Good knowledge of health and safety procedures and site risk assessments
  • Full clean driving licence and access to own car


  • Able to identify rare bumblebee species
  • Able to identify a wide range of wild flower species suitable for bumblebees
  • GIS mapping experience
  • Prior use of petrol lawn mower
  • Brush cutter licence
  • Experience of working with different landowners and liaising with external agencies
  • Experience of grassland management/creation

Summary of terms and conditions of employment:

Terms and conditions: This is a part-time, fixed term post.
Salary: £21,000 (pro rata)
Pension: This fixed term post is not eligible for the BBCT pension scheme
Location: This role is mainly field-based in the Dungeness and Romney Marsh area (Kent/East Sussex). Work involving a PC/GIS software will be carried out at the Natural England offices in Ashford.
Hours of work: The post holder will be employed part-time for 30 hours per week. Some occasional evening/weekend work may be required and a system of flexitime is in place to compensate this.
Annual leave: Annual entitlement of 35 days (on a pro rata basis for part-time staff) inclusive of Bank/Public Holidays.

Date May 5, 2015

AGI now accepting nominations for their annual Awards for Geospatial Excellence

AGI now accepting nominations for their annual Awards for Geospatial Excellence

Nominations for each award will be accepted from now to 12:00 Friday, 18 September 2015. If you feel you have a potential award winning project you wish to share, or know of an individual deserving of recognition for their contribution to geographic information, please visit AGI's website to submit your nomination. 

Winners will be announced at the 2015 AGI Awards ceremony, which is an annual prestigious event that recognises the very best achievements in the field of Geographic information in the UK throughout the year.  The awards recognise excellence and foster a spirit of innovation within the industry. The AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence help to generate open and engaging competition which is relevant to all practitioners using location-based technologies and data. 

The following AGI Awards were given in 2014:

1. Best Paper at Conference
2. Best Paper within the Event Programme
3. Excellence in Education 4. Best Geospatial Data Visualisation
5. Excellence in Research & Development
6. Excellence with Impact
7. Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit
8. Early Career Professional        
9. Student of the Year
10. Exceptional Service
11. Career Achievement in GI

Date May 1, 2015

AGI announces that registration is open for the GeoCom: Resilient Futures event

AGI announces that registration is open for the GeoCom: Resilient Futures event

An Early Bird package is available for the AGI annual flagship event, GeoCom: Resilient Futures, which will run from 23 to 25 November 2015, at Chesford Grange, near Warwick.

This package price is only available on a first-come-first-served basis until Tuesday, 30 June (or until our ticket allocation runs out), so its highly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. The Early Bird ticket prices have been kept the same as last year's prices.

The price of £500 + VAT for members, and £600 + VAT for non-members includes entry to:

  • two full days of conference;
  • the Welcome Dinner;
  • the Gala Night; and
  • the AGI Awards evening.

This ticket will also include your accommodation for two nights* and all your meals.

These Early Bird Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis,

The benefits of attending this event are to:

  • make valuable new connections with a view to generating new business;
  • catch up with all your existing contacts in the AGI network;
  • unlock opportunities to collaborate and innovate with people in your industry and other sectors;
  • raise the visibility of your own innovative projects across new markets;
  • learn from expert speakers from the commercial, public, and academic worlds; and
  • be inspired and encouraged by the people you meet to raise the GI bar.

The GeoCom: Resilient Futures Call for Papers deadline is Saturday, 30 May 2015.

Please visit the AGI GeoCom web page to register for this event.

* Accommodation for the third night - the Awards evening - is not included, but is available if desired. Early bird prices will be maintained until end of June, and from 1st July 'component pricing' will become available which will enable you to create your own package. Please note that there is fixed number of spaces for the Welcome Dinner and Awards evening, as well as on-site hotel rooms (off-site hotel rooms are available).

Date May 1, 2015

Two vacancies at Cadcorp


Two vacancies at Cadcorp

Cadcorp is a successful and progressive developer of geographic information system (GIS) and web mapping software. The company is seeking exceptional individuals to join its sales and support organisations.

Pre-sales GIS technical specialist

Based in Stevenage, the pre-sales team is an integral part of the Cadcorp sales and marketing organisation.

The role of GIS technical specialist would suit an outgoing GIS professional excited by the prospect of frequent customer presentations and software demonstrations in the UK and occasionally abroad.

Educated to degree level or above, the ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in a technical GIS, customer facing position; be a presentable, self-disciplined team player and be willing to travel in the UK, and occasionally overseas, on a regular basis.

Project Manager

Reporting to the Customer Services Manager and based in Stevenage, the project manager leads the delivery and implementation of Cadcorp’s GIS projects in the UK. PRINCE2 certified, educated to degree level or above, the candidate will have at least 2 years’ project management experience ideally gained in a GIS or software deployment environment.

The role involves considerable customer interaction and travel within the UK. It would suit someone with commercial awareness, technical knowledge and the ability to communicate with staff at all levels within an organisation.

Salaries for both positions are commensurate with experience.

For further information, please send covering letter and CV for the attention of Sharon Hailes to: cadcorp at cadcorp.com

Date May 1, 2015

Planning Ecologist's post at Shropshire Council


Planning Ecologist

Closing date: Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Duration: Fixed term for two years (37 hours per week)
Job Category: Environment
Location: Shirehall, Shrewsbury.
Salary: £28,549 per annum.

Shropshire Council is looking for a highly motivated professional who is seeking an exciting opportunity to work in a busy and supportive, multi-disciplinary team. Your role in this new post will be to provide ecology advice to planners, agents and members of the public on planning applications. The advice will cover habitat regulations assessments, protected species and biodiversity objectives. The successful candidate will also advise on ecology related planning policy.

With an enthusiasm for the natural environment and excellent communication skills, you will have a degree or equivalent in ecology or related environmental discipline, experience of dealing with ecology issues in a planning context, a thorough knowledge of national policy and landscape best practice, and good IT skills, including MS office and GIS.

Please visit the Shropshire Council Recruitment site for further details and to apply for this post.

Date April 29, 2015

Lecturership in Geomatics at the University of Glasgow


Lecturership in Geomatics at the University of Glasgow

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 21 May 2015.

Reference Number: 010368
Location: Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
Department: School of Geographical & Earth Sciences
Position Type: Full Time, Research And Teaching
Salary Range: £33,242 to £37,394 / £40,847 to £47,328

Job Purpose

To deliver internationally excellent research and teaching, primarily in the Geomatics PGT programmes and across Geographical & Earth Sciences undergraduate and post-graduate degrees and to undertake administration as assigned by the Head of School.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Contribute to enhancing the research profile of the School including maintaining a track record of peer-reviewed international publications of 4*quality in Geomatics.

2. Develop and maintain an externally funded research programme across the School, College and University.

3. Deliver a range of teaching and assessment activities, primarily Land Survey within the Geomatics PGT programmes, and across Geographical & Earth Sciences undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, taking responsibility for existing courses, projects and developing and leading new courses. This will include field teaching and may include teaching in international programmes in China or elsewhere.

4. Supervise Masters and undergraduate student projects and work placements.

5. Supervise and train postgraduate students to ensure their effective development

6. Work with industry to develop research projects and generate impact beyond the academic environment. Use industrial links to develop opportunities for PGT student projects and PGR studentships.

7. Participate in appropriate research seminars/conferences within subject area.

8. Participate in School research group activities and new initiatives.

9. Lead aspects of the planning, organisation and delivery of postgraduate and/or undergraduate teaching activities within GES in accordance with established School programmes.

10. Contribute to the on-going development and design of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research–led approach to student learning.

11. Enhance the student learning experience.

12. Participate fully in assessment and examination process as appropriate, using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students.

13. Engage in knowledge exchange activities as appropriate

14. Promote the University’s internationalisation agenda

15. Undertake School administration as assigned by the Head of School.

16. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as required by the Head of School.

For appointment at Grade 8 you will:

17. Undertake the duties in the earlier section with a higher degree of leadership and responsibility.

18. Have a research reputation in Geomatics, or the application of Geomatics to Geographical and Earth Sciences, of international significance, evidenced by a track record of publications of international publications of 3* quality and grants/contracts, and provide an enhanced leadership contribution to the above-mentioned duties.

19. Take responsibility for the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities in the relevant and related subject areas, in accordance with the School programme.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1 PhD in Geomatics or cognate discipline
A2 Qualifications or background to teach Land Survey, hydrographic and/or engineering surveying at PGT level
A3 Evidence of research expertise within Geomatics.
A4 An emerging publication record of peer-reviewed international publications

For appointment at Grade 8:


A5 An established track record of international publications of 3* quality in Geomatics.
A6 An emerging track record of attracting research funding.


B1 Professional qualification in the subject (e.g. MRICS, MCICES)
B2 Research experience in Geography and/or Earth Science.

More information about this post, and further skill requirements, can be found on the University of Glasgow's Jobs web page. On the vacancy search page, please enter 010368 in the Reference field to access this job announcement.

Date April 29, 2015

Assistant professorship in Urban Geography and Big Data


Assistant professorship in Urban Geography and Big Data

Closing date: Friday, 1 May 2015

Salary: €3,324 €5,171 gross per month

Vacancy number: 15-099

The Centre for Urban Studies is one of the 20 designated Research Priority Areas at the University of Amsterdam. It is part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. With more than 50 research staff members and an equal number of PhD students, it is among the largest academic programmes of its kind worldwide. The Centre stimulates cutting edge interdisciplinary research on urban questions, informing urban policies and planning. It maintains close (international) relations with governmental and non-governmental institutions through research collaborations, and curricular programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, and facilitates PhD research, drawing upon the research and expertise of the CUS staff.

The Centre for Urban Studies is currently inviting applications for a research position in Urban Geography and Big Data.

Project description

Urban Geography and Big Data

Key issues in urban geography may benefit from available ‘big data’ methodological approaches. This research project aims to address social urban questions via the use of big data that offer opportunities for longitudinal multilevel and multivariate urban research. The starting point should be building a theoretical framework in which the social dynamics of the city are problematized and taken as a point of departure for the application of big data and associated analytical tools.

This research is to be undertaken by an Assistant Professor with expertise in urban issues as well as data processing, building upon the rich expertise and track record of researchers working at the Centre for Urban Studies. This project will be supervised by Prof. Sako Musterd (Urban Geography) and Prof. Peter Sloot (Computational Science). The research is expected to start September 1, 2015 and will last until September 1, 2017.


  • Develop and conduct high-quality research (70%);
  • prepare applications for external funding for long-term research projects to fit in the Centre for Urban Studies;
  • contribute to teaching in Urban Studies related courses (30%); and
  • provide a contribution to the development of the field through scholarly publications and participation in national and
  • international research networks.


  • A completed Doctoral degree in Urban Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Human Geography, Planning, or Political science. Candidates with a Doctoral degree in a related field, with a strong demonstrable urban and social scientific interest, are also encouraged to apply;
  • a proven interest in working with big data;
  • a proven interest in applying analytical tools meant for handling (geo-coded) big data;
  • a publication record that includes articles in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • experience with empirical research and (international) comparative projects;
  • proven teaching experience; and
  • an excellent command of English.


The position is for two years, starting September, 2015 (with a possibility of a consecutive tenure-track appointment).

For further inquiries regarding this position, or to apply, please visit this page on the University of Amsterdam's website.

Date April 29, 2015

Senior GIS Analyst post


Senior GIS Analyst post

Verisk Maplecroft is looking for an experienced GIS professional to work on the production of detailed mapping and high-resolution global risk indices. Applicants with project and people management experience will be considered for a leadership role within the team.

The role involves working in a busy production department to ensure the timely delivery of high quality maps, requiring a hands-on approach to the production of visually-compelling mapping from global to street level. You will need to liaise with internal and occasionally external customers to develop and deliver the best possible map specifications to meet their requirements, and to take overall responsibility for the maintenance and enhancement of our global warehouse of spatial data. The Head of GIS co-ordinates the work of the team, and is responsible for the line management of the GIS team members.

Applicants should have a qualification and several years’ experience in GIS. You should also have strong quantitative and analytical modelling skills, a deep understanding of GIS concepts and knowledge of developments in the sector, and advanced IT skills. A good awareness of global issues and knowledge of global geography is highly desirable.

The position will require an ability to manage time and GIS projects effectively and work in a pressurised environment. You should be innovative and creative with strong interpersonal communication skills, and be comfortable working independently as well as in an interdisciplinary multi-cultural team.

Essential skills include:

  • A sound understanding of spatial data structures and fundamental concepts of GIS
  • A high level of competence with the ESRI ArcGIS product suite, including ArcGIS desktop 10.x
  • Spatial database design and management, preferably with ESRI geodatabases
  • Scripting ability (Python, SQL, VBA)
  • A sound knowledge of global geography
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Project management experience

Highly desirable skills include:

  • Working knowledge of open source GIS applications and frameworks (e.g Quantum GIS, PostgreSQL/PostGIS)
  • Knowledge and experience of geo-statistical methods used in spatial analysis
  • Good overview of the availability of global GIS datasets
  • Knowledge of OGC standards such as WMS, WFS
  • Experience in the development of predictive data models
  • Experience of managing or supervising GIS professionals
  • Ability to produce innovative visualisations of spatial data
  • Experience in the compilation of interactive web mapping
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: environment, ecology, climate change, natural hazards, health,
  • geopolitics, global economics, mining or energy

The role is based in Verisk Maplecroft's offices in central Bath.

Please apply with a covering letter, full CV and completed application forms APF1 and APF2 to recruitment at maplecroft.com. The APF1 and APF2 application forms can be downloaded from their website.

Please include examples of relevant work, full details of academic qualifications and establishments attended. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK for at least 24 months.

No deadline provided.

Date April 29, 2015

Work has begun on UK GEMINI v2.3


Work has begun on UK GEMINI v2.3

The AGI Standards Committee plan to publish version 2.3 of UK GEMINI in the summer of 2015. This revision will incorporate material prepared by the UK Location Programme, and currently published at data.gov.uk, and update it for change requests from INSPIRE and other users.

This will not include any changes related to the publication of ISO 19115-1:2014; GEMINI will remain based on ISO 19115:2003.

Date April 28, 2015
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