Earth Observation Scientist (Drone Image Capture and Processing)

Aberystwyth University - Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

Fixed term to 30 July 2020

To promote a flexible workforce, the University will consider applications from individuals seeking full time, part time, job share, or term time only working arrangements.

This is an exciting new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project funded by Innovate UK and the Welsh Government. In partnership with QinetiQ, this project aims to derive market-ready products from drone imagery using a range of platforms and sensors. The delivery of these products will fall under three key areas of technical development: 1) extracting terrain-based products from drone imagery; 2) converting drone imagery into surface reflectance (required for tracking changes in land cover over time); and 3) conducting drone surveys Beyond Visual Line of Sight. Subsequent innovations and developments will be trialled in case-study projects with objectives defined by prospective client needs and requirements following considered market analysis. Evaluation of this work will be defined by the commercial viability of developed procedures.

As this job is based with QinetiQ at the Ministry of Defence site at Aberporth, this position is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check, and subject to UK Security Vetting (

To make an informal enquriy, please contact Dr Andrew Hardy on   

For information and to apply, please go to

We are a Bilingual Institution which operates a Welsh Language scheme and is committed to Equal Opportunities.

Appointments are normally made within 4-8 weeks of the closing date.

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