Career Opportunity: Research Fellow Earth Observation

 Career Opportunity: Research Fellow Earth Observation

The University of Stirling invites applications for a Research Fellow in Earth Observation to join the Earth and Planetary Observation Science Research Group. The University of Stirling is looking for a candidate with expertise in remote sensing of inland, coastal and marine environments to lead an assessment of existing and emerging end-user and stakeholder needs with a particular focus on Copernicus water services (as part of the H2020 WaterForce project)

This article was posted on the University of Stirling blog earlier this month (source).

The successful candidate will be expected to engage with the international scientific community, policymakers and various water-related sectors to assess their needs and expectations with respect to Earth observation data and services

In addition, the postholder will be expected to play a central role in supporting the development of a roadmap for the next Copernicus services for inland waters

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Description of Duties

Engage and work with the international scientific community, stakeholders from industry, and policymakers across various water-related sectors by administrating surveys and convening meetings and workshops to inform future Earth observation services for water

Lead the authoring of projects reports and deliverables, write or contribute to publications, present research findings at scientific or industry-related meetings, and disseminate research to non-scientific audiences through appropriate media and forums 

Contribute to proposals to secure funding, including drafting grant proposals and planning for future proposals from internal and external bodies to support future research related to the existing post

Have a willingness to travel extensively within the UK and internationally for scientific meetings, sometimes independently

Any other project-related duties, commensurate with the grade of the post

Contribute to other projects and collaborate with academic colleagues, across disciplines, on areas of shared research interest and to ensure that research advances inform faculty teaching effort

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Essential Criteria

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Knowledge of remote sensing techniques, Copernicus and their application to the monitoring of inland, coastal, or marine environments
  • Developing ability to conduct individual research work and to disseminate results.
  • Experience of engaging and working with stakeholders
  • Ability to routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding as well as to peers using high level skills and a range of media   
  • Problem solving skills including an ability to take a flexible and pragmatic approach 


  • Evidence of goal orientation and achievement
  • Positive, collegiate attitude to work life and working with others
  • Self-motivated, ability to use initiative and potential for independent thought and working
  • Time management skills including ability to prioritise workload
  • Trustworthy and reliable

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in using SAR for one or more of: monitoring surface water state, detection of marine assets or assessment of coastal morphology
  • Experience in the integration of data from remote sensing, in situ sensors and/or models
  • Familiarity with standard methods for the laboratory analysis of water samples.
  • Experience of contributing to grant income
  • Experience of supervising colleagues
  • Experience of managing a small research project or identified parts of a large project

More information

See more information about this open position on The University of Stirling website.

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Kacia Rutkoŭskaja

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