We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher in ecological remote sensing
We are seeking a researcher with expertise in the collection and application of remote sensing data to assess ecological function and diversity in intact and human-modified landscapes. You will combine remote sensing skills with familiarity and experience of on- the-ground work in ecological systems. You will be working as part of a large interdisciplinary team that spans different departments and research programmes, whose goal is to determine how to best monitor the effectiveness of nature recovery and nature- based solutions in the UK and the tropics.
The post holder will be part of the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery, focusing on exploring and developing advances in satellite and drone-based remote sensing approaches for understanding and mapping nature recovery. An initial focus of this work will be on the biodiversity and ecosystem outcomes of restoration efforts in the two case study landscapes of Oxfordshire and the central Scottish Highlands, while also drawing on wider evidence and case studies across the UK. Later years of the work may also expand this work to case studies in the tropics. This work will be in close collaboration with colleagues working on computer vision and machine learning, in order to incorporate state-of-the-art approaches to image analysis.
Your main activities will involve managing your academic research activities, including coordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines and desired goals. This will involve designing, overseeing and conducting field work in the UK (including operating advanced drones), working with a wide range of researchers from different disciplines, stakeholders and project partners. You will also be responsible for analysing data and preparing manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals. You may also have opportunities to co-supervise Masters and PhD projects.
You must hold, or be close to completion, of a PhD in a relevant subject area, or have equivalent experience, and possess experience analysing ecological, Earth Observation and other spatial datasets. The projects you will be working on are interdisciplinary and so the ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries is essential. You will have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings. You will be responsible for managing your own academic research and associated activities.
Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women, black, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in posts in SoGE. SoGE is committed to equality and values diversity.
The role is fixed term for 3 years.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 11 April 2023 and interviews will be held in Early/Mid May.