GIS and Remote Sensing Technician

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

The post holder will provide office and field-based technical support to research, knowledge exchange/impact and teaching activities in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing/earth observation in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. They will work extensively with members of the Earth Systems Research Group.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To act as a central point of contact for providing specialist expertise, advice and training to research staff and individual students (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research) on the use of geospatial technologies, including the use of specific software and in the development, design and application of the technologies.
  2. To troubleshoot complex technical issues and to provide expert technical guidance to suggest, implement and evaluate improvements to standard operating protocols. Diagnose and rectify faults/problems with software working to a safe, professional standard.
  3. To be responsible for creation, maintenance and archiving of geospatial databases and data sets, along with maintaining meta-data.
  4. To support academic staff in planning, preparation and delivery of practical teaching in GIS and remote sensing/earth observation for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  5. To support delivery and supervision of undergraduate residential field courses and field/project work in GIS and remote sensing/earth observation (both in the United Kingdom and abroad), in conjunction with other staff.
  6. To be responsible in conjunction with other Technical staff for maintenance of field equipment and software for the School`s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and support their use in teaching, research and engagement activities, including piloting duties.
  7. To maintain and continually update knowledge of advancements in relevant GIS and Remote Sensing technologies and their applications.
  8. To contribute to documenting and interpreting research results for inclusion in papers and reports, contributing to projects within the School and contributing as part of a larger project team.
  9. To communicate and liaise with the wider University body as well as users of the University’s services and/or external consultants/suppliers, where appropriate.
  10. To manage the GIS budget and advise on purchasing of equipment/software following consultation with appropriate staff.
  11. To engage with training initiatives and supervise apprentices and/or work placements as required, also supporting student recruitment activities.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Technical & Specialist Grade, level 6, £28,098 - £31,604 per annum.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful candidate will be eligible to join the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Pension Scheme.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Ref: 021132, Closing date: 12 August 2018.

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