Graduate Research Assistant (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher)

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

An Early Stage Researcher post is available from 1st March 2017 to 28 February 2020 at the Cornwall Campus in Penryn funded as part of an EU H2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network. The 3 year post includes a PhD programme within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Environment and Sustainability Institute. The successful applicant will work with Dr Karen Anderson on the H2020 project called TRuStEE (Training on Remote Sensing for Ecosystem modEling). The overarching objective of the TRuStEE Innovative Training Network is to capacitate the next generation of scientists to understand and deal with the increasing pressure of environmental change on ecosystem functioning and land-atmosphere interactions. Specifically, TRuStEE aims to train a generation of scientists to use the still under-exploited potential of novel remote and proximal sensing techniques to face these grand societal challenges. The TRuStEE ITN is designed to provide to ESRs a multidisciplinary and intersectoral training.

The successful ESR will work within the TRuStEE consortium (comprising partners from EU countries: Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Denmark) to deliver a cutting-edge research project that falls under the umbrella of drone-based sensing and optimising measurements from drones for improved models of vegetation condition, structure and function. Additionally, the successfully appointed ESR will participate in, and help to deliver, a range of training courses within the consortium, and will participate in secondments with collaborators at other EU-based institutions who are part of the same network.

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes and communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically. They will be expected, during the course of the programme of research, to work towards production of research papers of international quality.

Applicants will possess an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in a relevant science field (see detailed job specification) and possess excellent communication skills and a willingness to travel between various EU-based partner institutions for training and networking events. They must be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher in the UK under the EC Horizon 2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Action, Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Scheme. This is currently defined as at the time of recruitment, the candidate should;

  • be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

For further information please contact Dr Karen Anderson, Associate Professor in Remote Sensing at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, e-mail or telephone (01326) 371854.

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The starting salary will be a spot salary in the range from £26,052 up to £29,301 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. A mobility allowance of £5,125 per annum will also be paid. Additional allowances may be payable in line with Marie Curie EU H2020 requirements for ESRs. Salary and allowances will be paid in pounds sterling. The successful applicant will be enrolled on a PhD and will use the research undertaken as part of their studies.

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