Research Assistant/Associate in Remote Sensing - D91380R

Newcastle University - Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering - Natural and Environmental Sciences - Bio-economy

£27,285 to £28,936 (PhD in submission)
£29,799 to £38,833 (PhD Awarded)

Understanding tree species distribution and health of woodlands is fundamental to disease and pest control, tree management, valuation of ecosystem services (ESS) and urban and transport infrastructure modelling, whether on a small local authority scale or nationwide. You will join the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation, within the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University, contributing to research and knowledge transfer activities within a Science and Technologies Facilities Council funded project ‘Earth observation for the improved management of tree health in urban and peri-urban settings’.

You will work closely with researchers in the Geomatics group in the School of Engineering, Newcastle University, and at RAL Space and Fera Science Ltd, to develop new approaches to utilising multispectral and hyperspectral unmanned aerial vehicle imagery and optical satellite data (e.g. Sentinel-2) for mapping of tree species composition over large areas and to develop commercially relevant products describing value and risks associated with trees which can be delivered via a web-mapping portal. You will be expected to take a leading role in engaging with key project stakeholders in industry and the government sector.

You must hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD in remote sensing or a closely related field, with practical image processing skills, ideally with experience of vegetation applications of optical remote sensing and image classification methods. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to engage with non-academic stakeholders (e.g. industry, government or the general public).

It is expected that the successful applicant will spend some periods of time (approximately equivalent to 1 day per week for six months) based at Fera Science Ltd in York, UK, as well as time spent based at Newcastle University.

This is a fixed-term post for 15 months, with an anticipated start date of 1st January 2018.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Glyn Jones (01904 462744,

Faculty of Science Agriculture and Engineering
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
School of Engineering
Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation

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Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

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