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Vacancy: GIS Software Developer


Vacancy: GIS Software Developer

Location: thinkWhere, Stirling, UK 
Salary Range: £20,000 to £32,000 depending on experience.

Closing Date: 5pm on Friday, 6 May 2016

thinkWhere is one of the UK’s leading Geographic Information Services (GIS) companies.  Due to recent structural changes and a growth in our market, we have reached a new and exciting stage in our business and product development and have an immediate requirement for a GIS Software Developer to join the team in Stirling.

The GIS Software Developer will join the Development team and will have a key role in delivering advanced level software development with responsibilities for the requirements, design, construction, integration, testing and maintenance of the company’s software products.  The successful person will also assist with the development of the company’s technical and product strategy and future product portfolio.

The GIS Software Developer role has a key role to play in developing customer solutions using Open Source GIS, web, desktop and spatial database technologies.

To be successful in this role we are looking for someone who has proven experience in design, development and delivery of geospatial web/software applications and proven development experience with most of the following technologies:  Python, JavaScript, JQuery, CSS, SQL, database development and administration.  Applications welcome from those with proven development experience with middleware and database products as well as experience in all phases of the product lifecycle and ideally a degree in GIS, information systems, computer studies or related discipline.  

If you want a copy of the JD please e-mail hr at thinkwhere.com.

Please apply by sending your CV (maximum of two pages) to hr at thinkwhere.com.   Please add a covering letter of no more than one page stating why you believe you are suitable for the job and a note of your current salary.  

Interviews are scheduled for the week commencing the 9th of May 2016.

Date April 22, 2016

Post: Research Assistant, Developer at the Extreme Citizen Science Group


Post: Research Assistant, Developer at the Extreme Citizen Science Group

UCL Department / Division: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Grade: 6  (£29,485 to £31,091 per annum, inclusive of London allowance)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: The post is available for immediate start and is for 12 months in the first instance.

Closing Date: Sunday, 22 May 2016.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is looking for an experienced and talented programmer with interest in open source geographic web technologies and geospatial data and data quality, who will form part of the WeGovNow!’ H2020 project which aims to overcoming the current limitations of existing digital tools for citizen reporting, e-participation, and communication between the citizen and the government (see here: http://tinyurl.com/hnncnud).  The primary role of the RA - Developer will be to extend their existing GeoKey data repository and API (which is built around PostgreSQL/PostGIS, python and Django) to enable it to plug into software including social media and other platforms required by the project; a secondary aspect of the role is to assist with research into measuring the quality of spatial data and communicating this to non-experts.

The role of the RA - Developer is split into two parts (development and data quality analysis), with both focussed on work required to deliver the European Union Horizon 2020 project ‘WeGovNow!’  The project requires our existing GeoKey (http://geokey.org.uk/) software to be extended to link to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter

Key Requirements

You will need to have a degree in a related IT discipline and experience working as a database and back-end web developer, ideally within standards-based projects and using open-source technologies. You will have knowledge of up-to-date, open-source, spatial and non-spatially enabled technologies will also need to have a solid foundation in structures and standards, properly utilising code management systems (GitHub), designing robust code in an easily extensible way. You should be able to communicate technically complex information in an understandable way. In addition, the project will also explore ways to make spatial data usable for non-experts, particularly at local government level, so you will have some experience with current approaches to spatial data quality: measurement, metrics and documentation.

Further Details

The job description, person specification and application can be accessed on the website.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Claire Ellul, ( c.ellul at ucl.ac.uk ), (+44 (0)2076794118).

Date April 22, 2016

Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate, Data Science


Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate, Data Science

Location: University of Liverpool, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography and Planning
Salary: £27,328 to £34,576 pa
Hours of work: Full Time     
Tenure: Until 13 February 2019

Closing Date: Wednesday, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 BST.

The University of Liverpool is looking for someone to provide research/data science support for the University of Liverpool node of the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC). 

The CDRC was established by the UK Economic and Social Research Council to:

1. Contribute towards ensuring the future sustainability of UK research using consumer data.
2. Support consumer related organisations to maximise their innovation potential.
3. Drive economic growth.

The CDRC brings together world-class researchers from the University of Leeds, University College London, University of Liverpool and the University of Oxford; offering a range of expert services to a wide range of users.

Post Description

You will provide research/data science support for the University of Liverpool node of the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC).


For appointment at Grade 6 you should have a degree  in Computer Science or related quantative discipline, for appointment at Grade 7 you should have a PhD in a discipline including Computer Science, Geographic Information Science, or other social science/science with a quantitative focus. Experience manipulating large datasets, machine learning and high level programming experience would be advantageous.

Please contact Professor Alex Singleton for any informal queries ( alex.singleton at liverpool.ac.uk ), or visit the website for more details and to apply for this post.

Date April 22, 2016

Vacancy: Water Resources Model Developer


Vacancy: Water Resources Model Developer

Location: James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Three years fixed term contract

Closing Date: Saturday, 30 April 2016

The James Hutton Institute (JHI) is an international research centre based in Scotland where it tackles some of the world’s most challenging problems including the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security; the Institute has a global reputation for soil and water research.

The James Hutton Institute is seeking to recruit a Water Resources Model Developer to join colleagues within its Managing Catchments and Coasts research theme. This represents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic group of interdisciplinary scientists tackling some of the major issues facing water resources in the UK and beyond.

The skills required for this position are grounded in fundamental hydrological processes and are outlined in the relevant section below. The role will involve interaction with colleagues working on aspects of biogeochemical cycling, ecology and microbiology including soils to surface water and soils to ground water.

Typical examples include, but are not limited to, developing or modifying rainfall-runoff and transport process models for analysing hydrological extremes, or nutrient pollution applications. JHI is seeking a modeller with the ability to upscale data from research scale (plot and sub-catchment) activities to catchments and national scales and with knowledge of web-interfacing, statistics and data management. The ideal candidate will already be established as a hydrological model developer, with strong programming abilities, underpinned by sound mathematical, statistical and data management skills.

This post will be based in Aberdeen; there may be a requirement to travel between the Institute's sites (Aberdeen and Dundee) and research catchments and farms. All individuals wishing to work within the UK must be entitled to do so before they can be employed.

Main purpose of job

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and adapting models for application to water quality and quantity issues.

Main duties of post holder

  • Modify, adapt and apply computer-based models for research into water resources management. Examples of this include modifying water balance models in catchments, or nitrate leaching models to advise on policy development and evaluation, or to screen catchments for risks to water availability.
  • Work with process-based and experimental scientists to incorporate data and process understanding into conceptual (mathematical) and procedural (programmable) models.
  • Upscale hydrological processes from small research catchments to larger catchment and national scales using models. For example, using rainfall-runoff modelling approaches and combining additional data such as water quality.
  • Undertake web-interfacing (use of cloud technologies) of models, making outputs and data available through platforms such as Scotland’s Environment Web and project-specific websites.
  • Work with statisticians to improve model calibration, evaluation and performance, by working with the Institute’s in-house statistical division, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland.
  • Undertake data management, including GIS analyses and the creation and management of databases, including live data feeds (for example, river level and meteorology).
  • Contribute to projects for the Centre of Expertise for Waters.



  • PhD or equivalent in the physical or computer sciences, preferably including experience of developing and applying environmental models.


  • Postdoc or equivalent experience in water resources model development and application.



  • A strong track record of model development and programming using, for example, Python, Matlab, Fortran, Java, C or R.
  • Experience of data management, data analysis, storage and quality control.


  • Experience of model development for applications in hydrochemical, hydraulic, flood management, or other water resource contexts.
  • Experience of model calibration and uncertainty analysis using e.g. Bayesian MCMC methods.
  • Evidence of an ability to integrate point data (e.g. river flow) with spatial datasets (e.g. climate, land use, populations).
  • Knowledge of metadata standards.
  • Experience of website development, management and the integration of web-enabled models. Use of cloud technologies and open source software.
  • Evidence of taking part in income generation.

Required skills


  • Mathematical, statistical and computer programming skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective communication to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.


  • Experience of ESRI ArcGIS software (or equivalent) for spatial analysis and cartography.

Other requirements

  • A full UK valid driving licence.


For informal enquiries about the role, contact Dr Marc Stutter, Managing Catchments and Coasts Research Theme Leader.

To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV (including the names and addresses of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent employer).

email: vacancies at hutton.ac.uk
Post: HR Office Aberdeen, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH by 30 April 2016.

Please quote reference number Hutton-22-16 in all correspondence.

Date April 22, 2016

Post-doctoral Researcher in Digital Soil Mapping


Post-doctoral Researcher in Digital Soil Mapping

Location: James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
Salary: £30,000 Hutton 6 circa
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary

Closing Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The James Hutton Institute is an international research centre based in Scotland where it tackles some of the world’s most challenging problems including the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security; the Institute has a global reputation for soil and water research.

This post represents an exciting opportunity to take a lead in the development and improvement of an existing soil hydrological classification (HOST) using advanced digital soil mapping techniques, with the goal of better predicting water flow through soils, and so enhance their ability to predict river flows and flood risks.

The ideal applicant will already possess some digital soil mapping skills relevant to the prediction of soil hydrological properties and an awareness of recent developments in this field. You will have a background in either soil science or hydrology and be developing as an independent researcher in your own right through peer review publications and external funding applications. You will be willing to engage in interdisciplinary research, be an excellent team player and communicator.

The postholder must have a willingness to learn techniques associated with digital soil mapping; therefore, be expected to attend appropriate training courses to expand your knowledge to enable contribution to the development and implementation of digital soil mapping techniques within the Institute. This will be achieved by working in collaboration with existing members of staff and postgraduate students and will interact with elements of the Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme.

This post is fully-funded for three years in the first instance and comes with additional start up funding to allow for expenditure on equipment and training courses.

This post will be based at the James Hutton Institute's Aberdeen site, although there may be a requirement to travel to its Dundee site on occasion. All individuals wishing to work within the UK must be entitled to do so before they can be employed.

Further information is available from the James Hutton Institute's website or, for informal enquires, please contact Dr Allan Lilly (email allan.lilly at hutton.ac.uk).

To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV (including the names and addresses of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent employer).

e-mail: vacancies at hutton.ac.uk
Post: HR Office Aberdeen, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH

Date April 22, 2016

Two scholarships for MSc in Geoinformatics (for international students)

Two scholarships for MSc in Geoinformatics (for international students)

The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), University of Münster, Germany, is one of the world-wide leading institutions in geospatial information science (GI Science) research. The MSc in Geoinformatics will enable students to further develop their problem solving skills, to acquire analytic capabilities, and to learn about innovative and creative scientific research methods. ifgi also offers Master students the opportunity to get personally involved in cutting-edge research projects. The medium of instruction is English.

ifgi provides two four-semesters scholarship (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018) to two international students (non-German nationality, not having lived in Germany within the past three years before the application deadline, not having obtained a degree in Germany). Applicants need to hold a Bachelor degree in Geoinformatics or a similar topic. Among applicants of equal qualifications, female and disabled candidates will be given the preference unless other candidate-related reasons prevail.

The ifgi scholarship includes the following:

  • a monthly scholarship lump sum of 700 € per month (October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018);
  • coverage of semester fees for four semesters;
  • travel costs to Germany (1 return ticket), up to 1.200 € according to actual and documented costs; and
  • pre-arrival and after-arrival support by ifgi.

Applications (by EU and non-EU applicants) are requested by Tuesday, 31 May 2016.

Please visit the website to read about application procedure.

Study program coordinator: Professor Dr. Edzer Pebesma, edzer.pebesma at uni-muenster.de

Date April 21, 2016

Ordnance Survey Open Data Award 2016 (British Cartographic Society Awards 2016)


Ordnance Survey Open Data Award 2016 (British Cartographic Society Awards 2016)

The British Cartograhic Society have a number of awards that are currently open for entries (note the deadline for entries is 30th April 2016). Of particular note is the Ordnance Survey Open Data award.

Ordnance Survey have provided the British Cartographic Society (BCS) with an award to encourage excellence in cartographic design and the innovative and exciting use of OS OpenData. The award will be made annually or exceptionally at other times as may be determined by the Council of BCS. It will be given for the most outstanding cartographic use of OS OpenData presented for consideration. Entries will be considered by a panel of judges from Ordnance Survey. The panel will judge the entries on their innovative use of OS OpenData, fitness of the mapping for the declared purpose and the overall cartographic quality and design. 

The winning entry will be announced at the Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the BCS Symposium each year. The award comprises a crystal trophy and a framed certificate both to be retained by the winner. Ordnance Survey will also present the winner with a prize (see the BCS News for details nearer the time.) The winning entry will also be put forward for The BCS Award. Those commended will receive a framed certificate.

Closing date 30th April 2016

Date April 20, 2016

Learn how to write add-ins for ArcGIS Pro in a free online seminar

Free Learning Resource GIS

Learn how to write add-ins for ArcGIS Pro in a free online seminar

ArcGIS Pro is becomming increasingly popular among the GIS community with version 1.2 of the software being released in February 2016. ESRI are running a free online seminar which takes you through the process of extending ArcGIS Pro by creating add-ins.

The seminar covers key concepts related to ArcGIS Pro add-in development and guides attendees through the steps to create and deploy add-ins that extend ArcGIS Pro functionality. The presenters will also show a straightforward, no-coding method to modify the ArcGIS Pro user interface and demonstrate how to code custom behavior using the asynchronous, multithreaded programming pattern.

After viewing this seminar, you will understand how to:

  • Create and deploy a simple add-in using the ArcGIS Pro SDK for .NET Visual Studio template.
  • Modify the ArcGIS Pro user interface using Esri’s desktop application markup language (DAML).
  • Apply the ArcGIS Pro asynchronous programming pattern using C#.

Intended Audience

Microsoft .NET developers who want to extend ArcGIS Pro. A basic familiarity with C# is assumed. Knowledge of object-oriented programming concepts will be helpful. Managers and others who want to understand the ArcGIS Pro customization framework will also benefit.

Dates and times

The seminar is being run on Thursday 21 April 2016 at the following times:

  • 9:00 am PDT (17:00 GMT)
  • 11:00 am PDT (19:00 GMT)
  • 3:00 pm PDT (23:00 GMT)

Date April 19, 2016

University of Liverpool Workshop: Geographic Data: Understanding the World Around Us

GIS Learning Resource Open Source Cost

University of Liverpool Workshop: Geographic Data: Understanding the World Around Us

Date: Saturday, 23 April 2016
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Course Fee: £38

Instructor: Dr Nick Bearman


Where we live has a big impact on many different aspects of our lives such as where we work, where our children go to school, what health facilities we have or how we feel about our neighbourhood. This course introduces geospatial data and how we can use GIS (Geographic Information Science) to help explore and manage this data.

Students will learn how to use spatial data to create maps, using population and migration data, and discover how being able to understand spatial data is vital to understand many different aspects of life.  By the end of the course you will be able to load data into QGIS, symbolise it effectively and be able to prepare a publication quality map.

No prior knowledge of GIS or spatial data is required, but basic computer skills are required (e.g. understand folders, files and zip files work).

For more details and to book your place, please visit the website.

If you need more information, please email n.bearman at liverpool.ac.uk. 

Date April 18, 2016

Kingston University Job: Postdoctoral Researcher


Kingston University Job: Postdoctoral Researcher

Department/School: Faculty of Science, Engineering & Computing / School of Geography, Geology and Environment
Salary: £37,884 FTE (reduced pro-rata to p/t fraction)
Position Type: Part Time, Fixed Term
Working Hours: 0.6 (three days a week, 22.5 hours)

Deadline: Midnight on Sunday, 24 April 2016.

Job Purpose

To contribute to a project to digitise and analyse data from the Royal Mail’s archive, shedding light on changing geographies of ill-health in late-nineteenth-century Britain. The Post Office was one of the first institutions to provide pensions for its workforce, including those employed as basic letter carriers and messengers as well as more senior staff. From c.1858 the dataset contains comprehensive information on employees, including name, age, gender, length of service, place and type of work, and cause of retirement. The data therefore provide a national picture of morbidity in an unbroken sequence over the period and across the social spectrum of the workforce. The purpose of this role is to determine appropriate digitisation and record linkage techniques. It is intended that the work will lead to a larger project, by demonstrating the importance of the research in expanding our understanding of ill-health both spatially and temporally.

Roles and Responsibilities

• Enter data into a database using Royal Mail pension records.
• Georeference data for decennial census years 1851-1901 inclusive.
• Visualise and analyse georeferenced data using GIS.
• Identify potential start and end dates for extended project using knowledge gained from the roles identified above.
• Identify potential for linkage to employment records and census, and thereby identify individual case studies for more detailed research.
• Conduct literature search and compile bibliography relevant for the project needs
• Help prepare presentations relating to the project as required.

Person Specification


  • Doctorate (or close to completion).
  • Archival experience.
  • Spreadsheet and/or database experience.
  • Ability to work independently and to a high degree of accuracy.


  • Knowledge of and interest in nineteenth century Britain and histories of health.
  • Degree in subject related to history, geography (historical geography), historical demography, medical history or cognate discipline.
  • Ability to use open-source GIS (QGIS).

Please visit the website for further information and to apply for this job.

Date April 15, 2016
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