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Ice and Climate Research RA - University of Sheffield

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Ice and Climate Research RA - University of Sheffield The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffiled are looking to appoint 2 Postdoctoral Research Associates in the field of Ice and Climate Research. They are looking for candidates to bring research ideas and as such this is a great opportunity for anyone who has just finished their PhD or PostDoc. The research could certainly incorporate GIS or Remote Sensing.

The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield is one of the top 25 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2014) with research and teaching at the cutting edge of contemporary geography. As one of the largest geography departments in the UK, we have a vibrant community of undergraduates, postgraduates and post-doctoral researchers.

They seek to appoint two Research Associates who will develop their research by collaborating with members of the Ice and Climate Research at Sheffield (ICERS) group and begin a new research agenda. You will work with ICERS colleagues to develop at least one proposal to gain further support for a research project.

Candidates will have recently finished or be finishing a PhD or postdoctoral research position in a relevant discipline and have a desire to work amongst the ICERS group. The ability to think creatively, generate own ideas and guide and motivate own research is essential.

Salary: £28,972 to £36,661
Closing Date: 25th August 2014

Date August 4, 2014

Research Fellow in Applied Agri-Informatics - Cranfield

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Research Fellow in Applied Agri-Informatics - Cranfield The School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood, Department of Agrifood at Cranfield University is looking to recruit a Research Fellow in Applied Agri-Informatics. AgriFood has been a key strategic theme at Cranfield University for over 40 years.

As part of this project, you will work within an interdisciplinary team comprising of soil scientists, database managers, agronomists, informaticists and will be jointly responsible for writing academic papers and participating in project meetings. You will present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

You will have a PhD in a cognate research area, principally numerical modelling of soil/agricultural or natural systems or related discipline. You should have proven experience in modelling of crop, environmental, soil and/or agricultural systems and numerical methods. Working in interdisciplinary environments, good contextual understanding of soil and agricultural systems, the ability to work in the field, and a track record of scientific publication is desirable. You must have knowledge of modelling, statistical analysis, spatial processes and informatics approaches, as well as be skilled in numerical process modelling, computer programming, GIS/Remote sensing, technical writing and data-fusion methods.

Salary: £30,542 to £34,042 per annum
Ref Number: 1641
Closing Date: 8 September 2014

Date August 4, 2014

Hydrological Modeller - CEH


Hydrological Modeller - CEH CEH are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and well motivated to work with a team of hydrological modellers within the Water Resource Assessment Group. You will be involved in the setting up and running of hydrological and water quality models. You will concentrate on the “UK Drought - Developing a drought narrative resource” project looking at how different sectors and users, as well as the ecosystem services demand, will be met during future drought events. The model will be run under present and future climate change scenarios up to 2099.

You will need:

  • A Degree in a relevant discipline together with relevant experience
  • Proven ability in using and exploring large datasets using GIS software
  • Experience of running catchment scale models calibrated and validated using the available measured data (stream flows, soil moisture, etc.).
  • Excellent communication skills

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum.

Job Ref: IRC152653
Salary: £26,715 - £30,000 (pro-rata)
Closing Date: 4 September 2014.

Date August 4, 2014

Sustrans mapping volunteer


Sustrans mapping volunteer If you have GIS and mapping and are looking for a bit of work experience then you might be interested to know that Sustrans are looking for some mapping help.

Sustrans are currently looking for a mapping volunteer who can help us to digitize Phase 1 habitat survey data. This is part of our Greener Greenways project which aims to create wildlife corridors on our greenways. The project will enable us to audit, preserve and promote biodiversity on the NCN, and also involve new groups of people in understanding the natural world around them. Greener Greenways focuses on 38 traffic free walking and cycling routes owned or managed by Sustrans, across Wales, North West of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, the Midlands and Scotland.

Skills required

  • They are looking for someone who is familiar with GIS, and preferably mapinfo as well.
  • Commitment to sustainable transport for volunteer travel.
  • Time commitment - Between 1 – 3 days per week ideally, for a 3 – 4 month period. Starting August – September 2014.

Closing date: 29th August 2014

Date July 31, 2014

An Introduction to Spatial Microsimulation Using R

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An Introduction to Spatial Microsimulation Using R The University of Leeds, as part of the TALISMAN project, are running a course in "An Introduction to Spatial Microsimulation Using R".

Spatial microsimulation is a statistical method by which individual-level data is generated for small areas by combining national surveys with geographically aggregated census data. Much has been written about the technique in academic journals, but there has been less work explaining the practicalities of its implementation, generally, and its customisation for specific purposes. Journal articles have tended to present key results, but not the underlying code, therefore hindering reproducibility. This 1.5 day course fills this knowledge gap taking an explicitly practical and pragmatic approach to spatial microsimulation. Its aim is to allow attendees to harness spatial microsimulation for their own needs by providing example data and code. To this end the course uses R, a free, open source and extensible statistical language that is becoming the de facto standard for statistical analysis.

Some experience with R is highly recommended. No prior knowledge of spatial microsimulation is assumed (but would be useful): we will begin from first principles, using simple examples to ensure understanding of every step.

Cost: £45 for UK registered postgraduate students; £90 for academics/staff at Institutes of Higher Education, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations. £220 for all others.
Where: University of Leeds
When: September 18th 9.30am-4.30pm and September 19th 9.30am -1.30pm

Date July 31, 2014

Senior App developer jobs - OS

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Senior App developer jobs - OS Ordnance Survey are looking to recruit 2 app developers to join their expanding team. The OS have recently released a couple of great apps that utalise their quality basemaps.

As a senior software engineer you will play a proactive role in shaping the IS department going forward and provide technical leadership to the business. Ideally you will have an enthusiasm for all things mobile, an innovative approach and a willingness to foster and promote a start-up culture with all the associated behaviours and working practices.

You will have experience of working in high performing Agile teams and a proven track record of delivery, underpinned with good software engineering practice. You will also be able to influence the stakeholders around you both in IS and the rest of the business and have a full repertoire and toolbox covering all aspects of training, coaching and mentoring, to lead other software engineers and their teams to achieve their maximum potential.

You will need to demonstrate your track record against the following essential criteria and competencies:

  • Expert knowledge of and proven track record of mobile application development.
  • Expert knowledge and skills in software engineering and industry best practice
  • Proven track record of implementing new engineering techniques within agile teams
  • Very good track record of coaching and mentoring.

They are specifically looking to recruit 1 Senior Android Developer and 1 Senior iOS Developer.

Salary: £39,242.00 - 46,786.00
Closing Date: 1st August

Date July 29, 2014

Royal Geographical Society to launch new Open Access Geo journal

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Royal Geographical Society to launch new Open Access Geo journal John Wiley and Sons Inc. and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) announced today the launch of the Society’s first fully open access journal: Geo: Geography and Environment. Geo positions the RGS-IBG and Wiley as world leaders in the publication of geographical research. Geo will begin accepting submissions from July 24th.

Geo is one of the first journals of its kind, dedicated to publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed articles from across the spectrum of geographical and environmental enquiry. The journal will focus on work of international significance, and welcomes submissions that bring new understandings to geographical research agendas, advance the discipline, foster methodological development and address contemporary geographical issues.

Reasons to publish in Geo:

  • high standard, rigorous peer review
  • immediate open access
  • articles published under Creative Commons Licenses
  • articles can be enhanced by integrated hosting of multimedia and data content
  • fully compliant with all open access mandates

Date July 28, 2014

New Ordnance Survey mapping service launched for UK resilience professionals

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New Ordnance Survey mapping service launched for UK resilience professionals Ordnance Survey has just launched a new mapping service for resilience professionals in the UK. Resilience Direct provides a secure mapping platform which allows agencies to share vital information. This will help improve efficiency in both emergencies and planning. Agency's that have access to the service include the Police, Fire Brigade and the Environment Agency.

Share information is a critical and helps ensure that teams have access to the information that they need when they need it. To find out more about the Resilience Direct tool, follow the link below.

Date July 28, 2014

Product Marketing Manager - OS


Product Marketing Manager - OS Ordnance Survey requires an experienced Product Marketing Manager to join a highly motivated, innovative customer value propositions and marketing team. We are seeking someone who will be responsible for the marketing launch of new data products and solutions, with exceptional organisational and creative skills. The role will involve building relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and using both customer and market insight to build strong customer value propositions to take product to market.

With your excellent communication skills you will manage and implement product marketing activities and campaigns over the full marketing mix and managing brands within a B2B and B2C environment. You will monitor the commercial environment to ensure customer propositions are appropriate to opportunities in the marketplace and the strategy of the commercial team in order to support growth revenue targets, and you will support Product Managers in building business case for products to enable full preparation for and successful agreement at relevant boards.

You will need to demonstrate your track record against the following essential criteria and competencies:

  • Delivering complex marketing campaigns on time and to budget
  • Knowledge of marketing and the marketing communications mix
  • Knowledge of managing brands in a B2B and B2C environment
  • Knowledge of bringing new products to market in the launch phase

Salary: £29,650 - £35,350
Closing Date: 7 August 2014

Date July 28, 2014

Three Marine Earth Observation Scientists

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Three Marine Earth Observation Scientists Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is looking to appoint three Earth Observation Scientists to work on a number of European Space Agency (ESA), European Commission (EC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded projects. If successful you will undertake research and development focussing on Earth observation in physical oceanography and will include one or more of the following key deliverables.

Key Deliverables:

  • Study seasonal/interannual variability of shelf-edge physical processes using SST/ocean colour/altimetry, integrating EO data on fronts/SST with in situ glider/drifter data (e.g. for estimates of diffusivity and slope current meanders, towards synergy results).
  • Develop innovative retracking algorithms to recover accurate sea surface information from radar altimeter echoes, and critically evaluate their performance.
  • Couple bio-optical and upper-ocean physics models. Activities will involve: the use of ocean-colour satellite data to compute spectrally-resolved light penetration in the photic layer; impact of changes in light penetration on water-column stability and heating in the upper-ocean mixed layer; and consequent effects on mixing, mixed-layer depth and air-sea exchange of heat. Coupling the light model to primary-production models is also desired.
  • Collaborate with the ocean-colour remote-sensing group and the ecosystem modelling group at PML to explore ways in which ocean-colour data can be used to improve marine ecosystem models in the context of climate change and of perturbations in forcing fields (e.g., volcanic eruptions, inter-annual oscillations, extreme events), and to explore the use of ocean-colour data to assess the skill in ecosystem models. Some experience in working with marine biogeochemical models and models of light field underwater is desirable as is an interest in coupled biogeochemical-physical-optical processes and air-sea exchanges of energy and materials (e.g., carbon, DMS).
    Estimate surface currents from EO data by extending Maximum Cross
  • Correlation software to incorporate rotations, process optical and thermal imagery (GOCI/AVHRR) for the Korean region, validate using in situ/altimeter/drifter currents, presentation at a meeting with Korean partners, and then moving on to combine current information from altimetry and optical data.

Experience & Eligibility:

  • You will either have a PhD, or equivalent level experience, in a numerate discipline.
  • Familiarity with mathematical concepts appropriate for quantitative remote sensing.
  • You must possess proven experience and skills in computer programming such as C, Python, or IDL preferably in a Linux environment.
  • You will have proven experience in EO data processing and handling; marine sciences or biogeochemistry; or ocean colour remote sensing. For one post experience in working with marine biogeochemical models and models of light field underwater is desirable
  • You must be able to demonstrate and apply time and priority management principles to good effect.
  • You will be expected to interact and collaborate with colleagues across the group and the organization.

Salary: £29,228 - £34,581
Closing Date: 5th September 2014

Date July 28, 2014
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