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Research Associate in Volunteered Geographic Information Analysis


Research Associate in Volunteered Geographic Information Analysis

Location: School of Social and Political Science, The University of Glasgow
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range: £33,574 - £37,768

Reference Number: 011994

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to the project: CATCH! Citizens at the City's Heart. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in the area of volunteered geographic information (VGI); with a particular focus on how to deal with the privacy concerns associated with this form of data. The post-holder will also be required to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI) as appropriate:

1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research, individually or jointly, in accordance with the project deliverables and project/School/College/University research strategy.

2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.

3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of the School/College/University, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, gathering indicators of esteem and identifying opportunities for knowledge exchange.

4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

5. Present work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance the research profile of the School/College/University.

6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the project and in the broader School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and other collaborators/partners).

8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College/University.

9. Take a leading role in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.

10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the project and School, including budgets/expenditure.

11. Make a contribution to teaching activities and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with PI.

12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

13. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

14. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.


A1 An awarded PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject area.
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in areas relevant to the field of research.
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area and subject specialism.

B1 Knowledge of project-specific data sources.
B2 Knowledge of specialist IT software as appropriate.
B3 Knowledge of the ethical aspects of handling sensitive, individual-level data.

For more detailed information about the post, please visit the Jobs at Glasgow website and enter 011994 in the Reference field found on the Vacancy Search page.

Date January 12, 2016

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Tundra Drone Ecology


Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Tundra Drone Ecology

The School of GeoSciences, at the University of Edinburgh, is looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to explore tundra greening patterns using drone ecology (a.k.a. UAVs or remotely piloted aircraft systems). This PDRA position will focus on testing the correspondence between remotely-sensed tundra greening and plot-based measures of tundra vegetation change. The research will involve the coordination of field data collection in the Canadian Arctic and hierarchical modelling of remotely sensed data and large tundra vegetation change datasets in the programming language R, interpreting results and writing manuscripts. This PDRA position is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded consortium “Climate as a driver of shrub expansion and tundra greening”. The candidate will be based in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, but also encouraged to engage fully with international collaborators based at institutions across Europe and North America.

This post is full time and fixed term for 24 months. The post is available from the 1st of March 2016; or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary: £31,656 - £37,768 per annum

Closing Date: Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at 5pm (GMT).

Vacancy Reference: 035133

Job Purpose

This PDRA position will coordinate research that tests the correspondence between tundra greening and vegetation change using remotely piloted aircraft systems (a.k.a. UAVs or drones). Research will involve coordinating the collection of high resolution drone data, the extraction and processing of satellite remote sensing data, conducting of hierarchical analyses to test the relationships between tundra vegetation change, satellite observations and drone data, interpretation of results and writing manuscripts.

Main Responsibilities (Approx.% of time)

1. Review existing literature on tundra greening and drone ecology in order to put findings in the context of the literature in project manuscripts. (5%)
2. Compile datasets of satellite and drone imagery and tundra vegetation change in order to conduct site-level and tundra biome-scale analyses. (15%)
3. Coordinate a 3-month field season in the Canadian Arctic with assistance from the rest of the TeamShrub research team. (25%)
4. Perform statistical analyses in order to test the correspondence between tundra greening, drone imagery and observations of on-the-ground vegetation change. (20%)
5. Write manuscripts in order to meet the objectives of the NERC-funded ShrubTundra project. (20%)
6. Apply for additional funding in order to fund future research in this area. (5%)
7. Mentor PhD and dissertation students in order to contribute to the research group training of early career scientists. (5%)
8. Attend meetings in order to disseminate findings to the international scientific community. (5%)

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience needed for the job

• Ph.D. or near completion in a relevant area (e.g., Ecology, Geography, Environmental Sciences or Informatics).
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, team-working and interpersonal skills
• Enthusiasm and personal initiative for research
• Excellent organisational skills
• Strong skills in ecological statistical analysis
• Experience working in remote field locations
• Comprehensive experience with Hierarchical Modelling
• High-level of fluency in the programming language R
• A proven track-record in publishing in international journals in the fields of ecology and/or remote sensing
• Evidence of strong communication skills including presentations at international conferences, invited seminars and teaching
• Significant research experience in the field of ecology or related fields
• Familiarity working with large ecological or remote sensing datasets
• Evidence of international collaborations

Please visit the University of Edinburgh's job vacancy pages for further details about the post. Follow the link to the Search Vacancies web page, and in the Vacancy Reference field, please enter 035133 to find the post.

Date January 12, 2016

Call for abstracts for the GIScRG session at the RGS-IBG 2016 Conference

Research Learning Resource GIS UK

Call for abstracts for the GIScRG session at the RGS-IBG 2016 Conference

Abstracts are invited for a session jointly held by the GIScience Research Group (GIScRG) and the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) at the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers International Conference 2016. The conference runs between 30th Aug – 2nd September, 2016 at the Royal Geographic Society in London.

“Learning GIS: Establishing the Nexus Between Disciplines”

Convened by: Patrick Rickles and Dr. Claire Ellul (University College London)

This session brings together researchers from disciplines inside and outside of Geography, as well as GIS experts providing skilled insight into interdisciplinary research to share their experiences on learning and applying GIS in interesting and innovative ways. This may include, but is not limited to: 

  • Those who have learned GIS, sharing the successes (or failures) from their learning experience with suggestions for improvement
  • Those from disciplines / sub-disciplines that may not be familiar with GIS who have successfully applied it in their research
  • Those who have learned to use and apply GIS analyses across disciplinary boundaries to bring researchers together

Participants are invited to submit abstracts which detail suitable work. Participants should send a submission including: titles, abstracts (roughly 250 words) and 5 keywords, along with contact details to Patrick Rickles (p.rickles at ucl.ac.uk) by Friday, 5th February, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by Friday, 19th February, 2016.

Date January 12, 2016

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors: Evening Lecture Series


Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors: Evening Lecture Series

RICS Geomatics evening lectures are free and open to all (especially students). Those wishing to attend should contact the RICS International Support Team Internationalsupport at rics.org to guarantee a place. Evening lectures have proved increasingly popular over the last few years and are often oversubscribed. All details on future evening lectures and for the latest from RICS Geomatics can be found at www.rics.org/geomatics. Details of upcoming lectures of interest to Go-Geo users are included below:

Tues 26th Jan 2016 – UK Geo-forum annual lecture
Title: The future of geospatial information in the UK
Speaker:  Nigel Clifford CEO Ordnance Survey
Location: RICS HQ, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3AD , 17.30 for 18.00
Details: http://www.rics.org/uk/training-events/conferences-seminars/2015-16-rics-geomatics-evening-lecture-series-/responsible-guidelines-for-land-governance11/

Thurs 25th Feb 2016 – Measured buildings and property measurement standards
Lecture title: Measured buildings and property measurement standards
Speaker: Tom Pugh MRICS
Location: RICS HQ, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3AD , 17.30 for 18.00

Thurs TBC April 2016 – Scottish lecture
Lecture title:
Measured surveys 3rd ed guidance and spec – at the heart of every good survey is a strong specification
Speaker: James Kavanagh MRICS, Director Land and Resources RICS
Location: TBC

Date January 12, 2016

Teaching Fellow in Environmental GIS - University of Southampton


Teaching Fellow in Environmental GIS - University of Southampton

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £28,982 to £35,609 
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 31/08/2019)
Closing Date:   Friday 04 March 2016
Interview Date:   Wednesday 06 April 2016 
Reference:  675016WR

The Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton is seeking to appoint a Teaching Fellow in Environmental GIS to contribute to teaching and administration in support of their undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in GIS and remote sensing.

The position is fixed term in nature to provide cover for teaching buy-out.

As part of a team, you will deliver face-to-face and/or online teaching to students at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, via lectures, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork and/or seminars. You will also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. In particular, you will primarily be expected to support GIS teaching at undergraduate level and in our Master’s programmes in Applied GIS and Remote Sensing, Online–GIS, and Sustainability Science.

You will have, or be about to be awarded, a PhD in GIS or a related field (or equivalent professional qualifications), detailed understanding and knowledge of key GIS principles and methods and their application in environmental monitoring and management, and undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching experience. You will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to communicate complex information effectively, engaging the interest and enthusiasm of the target audience and delivering lectures and practical teaching relating to different aspects of GIS.

The post is tenable from 1 September 2016.  Interviews will be held on 6 April 2016.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Jadu Dash (Head of GECEO) J.Dash at southampton.ac.uk (0044) (0) 2380 8059 2203, Dr Samantha Cockings S.Cockings at southampton.ac.uk or Professor Stephen Darby (Head of Department) S.E.Darby at southampton.ac.uk

Date January 12, 2016

UKMap post at The GeoInformation Group: Digitising Technician


UKMap post at The GeoInformation Group: Digitising Technician

Contract type: Full Time (37 hour week)
Salary: Range Starting £22-24.5k p.a.

Due to the growth of UKMap, the large scale mapping suite, The GeoInformation Group is looking to expand its team. They are seeking to recruit a recent graduate to work alongside the existing UKMap team, helping to maintain the map databases, providing support to the management team and offering technical solutions where necessary.

For the office-based position, candidates should have a reasonable level of GIS knowledge, in both practical terms and fundamentals. As such, a working knowledge ArcMap is essential, and some awareness of FME is desirable.

In return The GeoInformation Group offers a competitive salary, pension scheme and health care.

Job Purpose

The position is will strengthen the existing team, principally ensuring the currency of the UKMap product is maintained. The work will involve identification of change against recent high resolution aerial surveys through to entity and attribution changes where required. In addition, to maintaining the mapping databases, the role is expected to provide support to the management team and offer technical solutions where possible. The role may require, at times, some outside survey work. Candidates must therefore be spatially aware and confident in navigating using topographic maps. This role will require a combination of team and independent working. In-house training will be provided, with opportunities to develop interpersonal and technical skills through working in a high functioning team.

Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Degree qualified, preferably in a related geography/GIS discipline.
  • Strong IT Skills – using databases from an end-user and production perspective.
  • Strong GIS Skills – experience with desktop GIS, preferably ESRI.
  • Knowledge or experience of using and interpreting aerial imagery.
  • Ability to work co-operatively, as part of a team.
  • Good people skills, a positive attitude and the ability to listen and provide feedback.
  • Keen and self-motivated.
  • Methodical, neat, fast and accurate worker, with a good level of attention to detail.

Please send covering letter and CV to alisdairm at geoinformationgroup.co.uk no later than Friday, 22 January 2016. Interviews are planned for the week commencing 1st Feb 2016, with a start in early March 2016.

Date January 11, 2016

IJHG January 2016 edition available online


IJHG January 2016 edition available online

The following article is now available on the International Journal of Health Geographics (IJHG) website. These can be accessed for free and include articles submitted to the Journal from 9 December 2015 to 8 January 2016.


Anonymisation of geographical distance matrices via Lipschitz embedding. Kroll M and Schnell R.


Identifying food deserts and swamps based on relative healthy food access: a spatio-temporal Bayesian approach. Luan H, Law J and Quick M.

Individual and city-level determinants of second-hand smoke exposure in China. Yang T, Jiang S, Barnett R, Peng S and Yu L.

Assessing opportunities for physical activity in the built environment of children: interrelation between kernel density and neighborhood scale. Buck C, Kneib T, Tkaczick T, Konstabel K and Pigeot I.

Date January 11, 2016

Post: Senior Data Scientist/Modeller at GeoLytix


Post: Senior Data Scientist/Modeller at GeoLytix

GeoLytix is currently a team of nine, having a great time supporting many of the UK’s largest retailers to determine their best multi-channel location strategy.  GeoLytix is looking to grow quickly over the next few years and is looking for a Senior Data Scientist to work at their London Kings Cross office, a 10 minute walk south from the Pentonville Road exit of Kings Cross Station.
You’ll be working with the thought leaders in spatial analysis, and GeoLytix is looking forward to finding out what can be learned from you.  The role can be fit around your strengths, whether that is creating a network strategy, geo-demographics, response modelling or gravity modelling but you’ll have the chance to build on your current skills, and acquire others you haven’t managed to learn yet. You’ll need to be a ‘people person’ and work well with our customers as you will lead projects on your own in the future.
About You

  • You’re a modeller – your idea of a good day is receiving huge amounts of data and working out how customers are going to behave.
  • You like data, you’ll be creating some great new datasets.
  • You want to be original – you don’t want to do the same old, same old. You’re consistently looking for innovation.
  • You know all the standard statistical techniques and when to use them e.g. why standard regression is often not a good idea in spatial scenarios.
  • You know your way around a GIS or can pick it up quickly.
  • You enjoy the world of retail, and have a good grasp of UK geography.
  • You know enough about programming so that you’re quick and efficient, anything you don’t know you can quickly grasp.

Your qualifications and experience

  • Modelling & Statistical Analysis experience, ideally customer related.
  • A university degree – numbers based, Computer Science or Geography.
  • Relevant industry sector knowledge ideal but not essential.
  • Experience of statistical/data management software.

Other stuff
The role can be full time, part time or a job share. You’ll need to be flexible and travel where our customers are for some projects. In return we will also be flexible.

If you are genuinely interested in this role and are looking for your next challenge, please contact Andy Thompson
( email: andy at verticalperspective.co.uk ) ( tele: +44 (0)7979 756258 ).
or, send your CV and covering email to Sarah.Hitchcock at geolytix.co.uk

Date January 8, 2016
More information

GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54th Annual Conference Call for Presentations

Mobile World RS GIS

GIS-Pro 2016: URISA

The GIS-Pro 2016 Conference Committee is welcoming presentation proposals for URISA's 2016 Conference in Toronto (31 October to 3 November 2016). This year’s conference will once again bring together an international audience to present, discuss analyse, and share their experiences, insights, solutions, and yes, frustrations in the geospatial arena.

Presentation Topics to Consider

The Conference Committee has provided the following list to consider as possible presentation topics. The list is not meant to be restrictive, but is provided to stimulate ideas. Feel free to think outside the box. Consider innovations, trends, technical and management topics. Propose ideas geared to GIS beginners, mid-career managers or the leaders in the field.
All proposals received will be reviewed and considered for the conference program.

  • Addressing
  • Advocacy
  • Aerial Photography, Remote Sensing, & LIDAR
  • Agency Collaboration
  • Application Development
  • Architecture & Integration
  • Best Practices, Certifications, & Continuing Education
  • Big Data
  • Capital Asset Management
  • Career Advancement
  • Cartography & Map Design
  • Census
  • Civic Engagement & Public Participation
  • Developing quality RFPs and measuring ROI
  • Education, particularly K-12 and post-secondary
  • Emerging Technologies and the Cloud
  • Environmental Conservation and Management
  • First Nation GIS
  • GeoDesign
  • GIS and 911; Emergency Response; Hazard Mitigation, Fire Management; Earthquake or Flood Response
  • Map Publication Systems and Applications
  • Mobile Applications & GPS
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Open Data
  • Open Source GIS
  • Private Sector Innovations
  • Program Management & Planning
  • Projects, Implementations, & Strategies
  • Public Health
  • Renewable Energy & Climate Change
  • Smart Cities
  • Soft Skills Development
  • Surveying
  • 3D GIS
  • Transportation and Transit
  • Urban Planning
  • Utilities – Water, Wastewater, Electrical, Gas, Stormwater, Phone, Broadband, etc.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Tuesday, 1 March 2016.

Please Note: Presentations cannot be sales pitches or commercials. Presentation submissions by industry representatives must include a co-presenter who is a user.  The focus must be on education and not selling a product a service.

Date January 7, 2016

Fully funded PhD / Masters at University of Liverpool: deadline 8th January

Learning Resource GIS UK

Fully funded PhD / Masters at University of Liverpool: deadline 8th January

This study will utilise a new dataset supplied by LDC that links their surveyed attributes (location, retailer, vacancy) with other data derived from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) records detailing currently allocated business rates and the floorspace of retail units. This project will produce hedonic models of the spatial and temporal change in ‘rateable values’ , create a multidimensional classification of retail centres/high streets and explore the geography of retail centre competitiveness at both cross-regional and local levels.

The project is linked to the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre (www.cdrc.ac.uk) and is housed within the Geographic Data Science Lab (geographicdatascience.com) at the University of Liverpool.

This studentship can be configured as either a three year PhD, or with an additional MSc year depending on training needs. Start date would be Oct 2016. The collaborative partner on this project is the Local Data Company (www.localdatacompany.com), who are the main provider of insight about retail centre composition and vacancy rates in the UK.


A successful candidate will have a 1st class / high upper 2nd class undergraduate degree or an MSc with Merit or Distinction in a quantitative social science discipline.


3 year (or 3+1) ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Research Studentships; Studentships include an annual tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard ESRC rate* (for 2015/16, this is £14,057 for full-time students - tax free). In addition, the studentship will pay for all tuition fees. Research Students will have access to central funds to cover research related expenses,fieldwork, collaborations and overseas institutional visits. Funding is open to UK / EU students only; and may be eligible for an additional Advanced Quantitative Methods enhanced stipend.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting letter of application to Professor Alex Singleton alex.singleton at liverpool.ac.uk, demonstrating how you feel your skills and experience are relevant to the CDRC. The closing date is 8th January 2016.

Date January 6, 2016
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