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Two postdoc researcher posts with NIRSA at Maynooth University

Two postdoc researcher posts with NIRSA at Maynooth University

Funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award to Prof. Rob Kitchin, the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) is seeking two postdoctoral researchers to work on The Programmable City project to (1) unpack data assemblages and (2) examine big data industry and smart cities.

The project will be based in the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at Maynooth University.

Principal Duties

Administrative and other duties:

Applications are invited from researchers with an interest in software studies, critical data studies, urban studies, and smart cities to work in an interdisciplinary team. Applicants will:

  • have a keen interest in understanding data, data analytics and software from a social science perspective
  • be a proficient programmer and able to comprehend other developer’s code
  • have a good, broad range of qualitative data creation and analysis skills;
  • be interested in theory building
  • have an aptitude to work well in an interdisciplinary team;
  • be prepared to undertake overseas fieldwork;
  • have a commitment to publishing and presenting their work;
  • have a willingness to communicate through new social media;
  • be prepared to archive their data for future re-use by others; and
  • be prepared to help organise and attend workshops and conferences.

Selection and Appointment

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for interview;
  • Candidates invited for interview will be required to make a brief presentation;
  • It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the week of the 13 April 2015;
  • The appointment is expected to be effective from 1 June 2015.


Postdoctoral Researcher Level 1 or 2 (Jan 2011)*: €33,975 – €43, 643 p.a. (4 points)
Postdoctoral Researcher Level 1 or 2 (Jan 2010): €37,750 – €43, 643 p.a. (4 points)

Application Procedure

Please ensure that you USE THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE [PDx2_NIRSA] in the subject line of your application email to clarify which role you are seeking.

Applications should be made by sending the following information as attachments to recruitment at nuim.ie

  • A Curriculum Vitae, including all qualifications and experience, and a covering letter addressing your interest and suitability for the role;
  • The names, email addresses, correspondence addresses and telephone numbers of three referees whom the University may contact.

The completed application documents should be forwarded by email to arrive no later than midnight, Monday, 30 March, 2015.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Date March 5, 2015
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Analyst for the EarthServer 2 Project


Analyst for the EarthServer 2 Project

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 States.* It carries out scientific and technical research, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data on a 24/7 operational basis.

Summary of the role

The Analyst will work on the EU–funded EarthServer 2 project exploring the use of web services to offer cross-disciplinary Agile Analytics on Big Earth Data Cubes. The challenge will be to provide access to ECMWF’s meteorological archive data through standard OGC web services to allow users to extract efficiently small subsets of data for integration within their own service.

Main duties and key responsibilities

The successful candidate will join the Development Section at ECMWF to deploy third-party software to trial a system for retrieving, analysing and publishing archive data through web services. This will involve developing and maintaining an interface from ECMWF’s meteorological archive (MARS) to these new web services.

Main duties:

  • To explore the possibility of extracting data from large archive datasets through a generic array database
  • To demonstrate the usefulness of web services for accessing large datasets
  • To support the communication aspect of the project by facilitating and documenting case studies

The work will involve substantial collaboration with project partners in Europe and elsewhere, including inter-comparison with other web services and clients.

Key responsibilities:

  • To perform and maintain installations of software from project partners
  • To build scripts to ingest data from the MARS archive into the new system
  • To support users of web services to integrate the results in their services; this includes showcasing the usability of the service
  • To support the reporting and outreach aspects within the EarthServer 2 project

Personal attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexibility, with the ability to adapt to changing organisational priorities and user needs
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a small team
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills with a proactive approach
  • Ability to communicate with and understand the complex requirements of scientists, engineers and professional staff in the deployment and documentation of software

Qualifications and experience required


A university degree in a related subject.


  • Proven experience working with large meteorological or other geospatial datasets.
  • Good understanding of metadata standards (ISO 195**).
  • Experience with the development and maintenance of web services, including good knowledge of XML and/or JSON.
  • Good knowledge of databases (e.g. Postgres), SQL, and the storage/handling of geospatial data in these.
  • Good knowledge of the use of scripting languages (BASH, KSH) in Unix/Linux.
  • Strong background in Unix systems (and/or Linux).
  • Good knowledge of GRIB and netCDF would be advantageous.
  • Experience in scientific programming and high-level programming languages including Python and/or C++ are desirable.
  • Good working knowledge of OGC standards, especially WMS, WCS and/or WPS is desirable.
  • Experience with GIS tools, such as gdal, and data processing frameworks, such as rasdaman, are desirable.


  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be an advantage.

Other information

Grade remuneration

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Coordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £54,776 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Important Dates:

Closing Date: Monday, 30 March 2015.
Interviews for this position are expected to take place on 29 and 30 April 2015.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: Until 30 April 2018.
Project start date: Friday, 1 May 2015, subject to final contract agreements with the European Union.

Location: The role will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, UK.

Full details about the post are available on the ECMWF website.

Date March 4, 2015
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8 GIScience and Geoinformatics PhD posts available

8 GIScience and Geoinformatics PhD posts available

The Doctoral College Geographic Information Science, at the University of Salzburg, is offering these PhD posts in the field of GIScience and Geoinformatics involving cross-disciplinary research projects. These positions are supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Highly skilled and enthusiastic young researchers  are welcome to apply for these posts, which will offer work in the following three interconnected, interdisciplinary, research fields:

Representations and Data Models

…is focused on research into the conceptual modelling of space, spatial features and phenomena, and provides a spatial view of various categories of physical and abstract information objects in order to reveal the potential power of the 'spatial perspective'.

Time and Process

…research leverages the increasing availability of real-time sensor data, the importance of process-oriented modelling, and will address the need for temporal modelling beyond simple discrete time slices.

Spatialisation, Contextualisation and Society

…considers user perspectives and utilises geospatial communication as a hypotheses generator for geospatial research: cognitive processes lead to mental maps which are highly relevant for actions, which in turn modify physical and societal spaces.

The Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS aims to combine high quality education with excellent research. The PhD candidates will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers and educators in the field of Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics.

Requirements are the excellent completion of a degree at the Masters level in Geoinformatics, Geomatics, Geography (or possibly Geology for one position), Computer Science or any scientific/technical subject in a relevant field, and excellent English language (both oral and writing) skills.

Important dates:

First Application deadline: Monday, 13 April 2015 (later applications may be considered for a second round of interviews if any positions remain open)

Selection workshop (for pre-selected applicants): May 2015 (tentatively 18-21 May)

Start of the program: Tuesday, 1 October 2015.

Applicants have to submit the complete scholarship application as detailed at the website. Successful candidates will then be invited to start their admission process at the University of Salzburg.

A great working atmosphere is offered, as well as remuneration according to the Austrian University collective bargaining agreement (yearly gross salary: € 27.944,--). 

Contracts will be awarded for three years with an extension option under defined circumstances. It is foreseen to spend one semester at one of 14 pre-selected partner Universities worldwide.

Details are available on the Doctoral College Geographic Information Science.

Date March 4, 2015

Geography student numbers increase


Geography student numbers increase

Reported in the RGS-IBG news, student numbers for geography have been rising for the last five years with 225,000 sitting a GCSE in the subject and 55,600 taking an A-level in 2014.

School students in the UK have to study geography from 11–14 at Key Stage 3, although after that the subject is optional. In 2013, the numbers carrying on with the subject to GCSE level increased 19 per cent, a marked improvement following several years where student numbers in the subject had been declining.

Please visit RGS-IBG News for the complete article via link below.


Date March 3, 2015

Project Assistant's post: Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning


Project Assistant

The Bat Conservation Trust is looking to recruit a Project Assistant with an understanding of the planning sector and strong GIS and data management skills to assist the Project Officer and the Partnership in delivering its aims. This will involve a substantial amount of work with GIS and spatial data, including GIS technical support and the provision of basic GIS training to the organisations involved in the Partnership.

This is a full time, fixed-term contract.

Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Monday, 30 March 2015.

Interviews: Thursday, 23 April 2015

Please send completed application forms to Sian Moore at jobs at bats.org.uk or post to: 

Bat Conservation Trust,
Quadrant House,
250 Kennington Lane,
London SE11 5RD

Date March 3, 2015

GIS Technician - University of Southampton


GIS Technician - University of Southampton

GeoData has a vacancy within their Geographical Information System (GIS) team for a GIS Technician. 

Be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top 1% of world Universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research – intensive universities.  We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities.

You will work in GeoData, Geography and Environment within the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences; the Faculty brings together a unique range of disciplines and is committed to tackling the world’s biggest challenges through interdisciplinary research.

The position will suit anyone with an interest in geography who is keen to learn about using computer-based tools to solve geographical problems.  Our project profile comprises work in the environment, health, business, education, transport and development sectors and requires the use of digital and paper maps, aerial photos and satellite imagery from the UK and overseas.

Your main purpose will be to assist the GIS team in data capture, data analysis and map production using ArcGIS, MapInfo and QGIS software.  You would also contribute to the organisation of our GIS training courses and participate in surveys taking place outside the office.

You will have experience of data input using Excel and analysing data and presenting summary information in a clear and concise format and the ability to contribute to team efficiency through sharing information and constructively supporting others.  Some previous exposure to ArcView or MapInfo GIS software or similar products would be an advantage, although full training will be provided.

Informal enquiries may be made to Julia Branson via email jb at geodata.soton.ac.uk or Duncan Hornby ddh at geodata.soton.ac.uk or telephone 023 8059 2719.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 524615WR  on all correspondence.

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

  • Location: Highfield Campus
  • Employment type: Full Time Permanent
  • Salary: £20,198 
  • Reference: 524615WR
  • Closing Date: Tuesday 10 March 2015


Date March 3, 2015

QGIS 2.8 Released

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QGIS 2.8 Released

QGIS 2.8 'Wien' has been released and is available for download.

The latest version, 2.8.1, is called a 'Long Term Release' or 'LTR' for short. This means that QGIS now has a system in place to provide a one-year stable release with backported bug fixes. The idea behind LTR is to have a stable platform for enterprises and organizations that don’t want update their software and training materials more often than once a year. To make the LTR a success, users and developers alike should be aware that bug fixes should be applied to both the LTR branch as well as the normal development branch. If you are interested in the details, you can find more info in the QGIS Enhancement Proposal available on GitHub: https://github.com/qgis/QGIS-En[...]  

Users who enjoy working with the cutting-edge version will be able to follow the regular four-monthly release cycle like last year.

What’s new?

This new version comes with many great new features. Amongst the many changes are:

  • On the layer styling front, there are two great additions: raster image fills and a live heatmap renderer which makes it possible to create dynamic heatmaps on the fly.
  • Another feature likely to interest a lot of users is the support for custom prefixes for joins.
  • Rule-based legends are now structured in a nice tree

A full list of changes can be found in the official visual changelog: http://www2.qgis.org/en/site/fo[...]  

Date March 3, 2015

Open Source training materials for QGIS and ArcGIS

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Open Source training materials for QGIS and ArcGIS

Del Mar College are currently running a free, self paced introductory training course in the use of QGIS called Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS. This is a self-paced MOOC taking place between 23 February and 27 March 2015 and has over 1000 subscribers.

All of the material for this course, and four other GIS courses, can be downloaded for free from one of two places. The full interactive lectures, assessments, and everything including equivalent labs for ArcGIS 10.1 can be downloaded from http://nterlearning.org  . In order to access this content you need to create an account and then search for GIS. The data and labs for QGIS are available here: https://github.com/FOSS4GAcademy  

All are licensed open source CC 3.0 and free to use and reuse.  The creators of these resources ask that you consider giving back to the broader community by first joining the http://geoforall.org  group and then posting your own materials on thier Github repository.

Date March 3, 2015
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UCL Geographical Information Science (GIS) Careers Event 2015


UCL Geographical Information Science (GIS) Careers Event 2015

Date and time: Monday, 23 March 2015 from 15:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

* Are you a current or recent MSc Geographical Information Science (GIS) graduate?  

* Have you graduated from or are you studying on a similar degree?  

* Do you have GIS skills and want to know more about potential careers?  

* Are you an undergraduate who would like to hear more about an inter-disciplinary career that combines computer science skills with the ability to understand, model and analyse the world and solve real-world problems ranging from traffic congestion and ambulance routing to modelling pollution and disease spread, and on to understanding what causes flooding and predicting population growth?  

* Are you interested in working in fields as diverse as oil and gas, property, transport, retail, healthcare, planning, the environment, civil engineering, local and central government and many others?

If any of these apply, then you'll want to attend the UCL GIS careers event!  There will be a CV clinic, mock interviews, the chance to talk with recent and more senior graduates about career opportunities.  You will also find out more about GIS and the fantastic, diverse career opportunities that could await you.

The event is free, so please visit the registration page to book a place.


Room G04, Chadwick Building,
University College London, 
Gower Street,
WC1E 6BT, London  

The Chadwick Building is the one on the right as you enter the main gates into UCL from Gower Street.  

Nearest Tube Stations: Euston Square and Warren Street.

If you have questions about UCL Geographical Information Science (GIS) Careers Event 2015, please contact Dr Claire Ellul.

Date March 2, 2015

Free Webinar: Best Practices for Environmental Data Management


Free Webinar: Best Practices for Environmental Data Management

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 8:00 PM GMT to 9:00 PM GMT  (Please note the evening start time for this webinar)

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC) assembles, distributes, and provides data services for a comprehensive archive of terrestrial biogeochemistry and ecological dynamics data to facilitate research, education, and decision-making in support of NASA's Earth Science. Among the 12 data centers of NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS), the ORNL DAAC is unique in the wide variety of data resources it’s managing. Its data holdings range from site-level field measurements, regional-scale airborne observations, to continental and global scale satellite remote sensing and modeling data products.

To address the challenge of highly diverse data, the ORNL DAAC has been actively adopting community and international standards throughout its data management life-cycle and building best practices on preparing interoperable environmental data with increased usability, ready for visualisation, and easier to manage and search, whose values can be preserved longer into the future.

In this webinar, fundamental best practices will be introduced to show how to choose the best format for your data, how to better structure data within files, how to define variables and units, how to develop data documentation so that others can find, understand, and use your data easily. Advanced best practices will also be showcased on how to properly specify spatial and temporal characteristics of your data in standard ways so your data are ready and easy to be visualised in both 2-D and 3-D viewers (e.g. Google Earth). 

Finally, guidelines on preparing standard metadata records will be introduced to enable seamless integration of geospatial data into popular data catalogs and geoportals (e.g. ESRI Geoportal and geodata.gov).

Speakers: Yaxing Wei and Robert B. Cook

Yaxing Wei is a Geospatial Information Scientist at the ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) in the Environmental Sciences Division. Since joining ORNL in 2008.

Robert B. Cook is the Chief Scientist for the ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The ORNL DAAC archives data produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terrestrial Ecology Program. 

Please click link below to register.

Date March 2, 2015
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