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Spatial Ecological Modeller

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Location: Oxfordshire, Wallingford
Salary: £32,916 to £34,815 (depending on skills and experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd June 2022
Closes: 4th July 2022
Job Ref: JR474

Full Time (37 hours per week)

Based at UKCEH Wallingford, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8BB

Interviews to be held shortly after the closing date

Are you an enthusiastic and innovative scientist who has an interest in researching and addressing environmental challenges? Then keep reading. We are offering a permanent position as a spatial ecologist working on an exciting five-year research programme to support the UK’s transition towards home-grown food production that is sustainable, carbon neutral and has a positive effect on nature.

Agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and biodiversity loss. You will work on an exciting new 5-year research programme to support the transition towards productive, net-zero farming systems whilst enhancing biodiversity, soil and water health (‘net zero+’). An important output of this programme will be the development of the first national digital observatory for the farmed environment, which will bring together a wide variety of data from ground and earth observation sensor networks, surveys of farm inputs and crop yield, and data collected by researchers and citizen scientists.

A key part of this role will be to develop innovative methods for integrating, analysing and visualising spatial datasets related to sustainable agriculture in a changing environment, contributing to the development of the digital observatory for the farmed environment.  You will work with UKCEH’s spatial ecologists and data scientists to add value to UKCEH’s existing spatial data products and to create new ones. You will also play an active part in taking the analysis of spatial datasets forward to develop interactive visualisations and decision support tools aimed at putting environmental research into the hands of stakeholders.  

You will have the opportunity to lead elements of research supporting the aims and deliverables of the programme, and to work closely with colleagues who are researching biodiversity and ecosystem responses to a changing environment, as well as our external partners from a wide range of research disciplines, Governmental agencies, industry and NGOs.

Main responsibilities

  • Develop efficient, reproducible workflows to integrate and analyse large, complex spatial datasets
  • Apply statistical and process-based models to explore drivers of spatial patterns in agricultural data
  • Build demonstrator tools to explore routes for stakeholders to interact with research data and outputs
  • Contribute to the development of existing data products (e.g., Land Cover +) and decision support tools (e.g., E-Planner)
  • Work effectively with project teams that include internal and external collaborators
  • Lead and/or make a significant contribution to authorship of results for publication in the peer reviewed literature and reports to funders
  • Present findings at scientific meetings and conferences

To view the full Job description and person specification please visit UKCEH-Careers  

We will only be accepting applications made through our careers portal.  As well as a CV and completing the on-line application questionnaire, please provide a covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria listed for this vacancy. 

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