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Research Technician, GIS

Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW)

Location:  Other
Salary:   £25,217 to £30,046 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/12/2020
Closing Date:  Tuesday 22 October 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 13 November 2019
Reference:  1187619WR

The WorldPop program (, based at the University of Southampton, is seeking to recruit a technician to assist with spatial data assembly, processing and analysis for a new Bill and Melinda Gates-funded project focused on mapping seasonal population density changes in low and middle income countries. We require a Research Technician with expertise in GIS and spatial data analysis to work on (i) gathering and processing existing data on population mobility in multiple countries; and (ii) producing and harmonizing various vector and raster datasets to support modelling of seasonal dynamics. As well as joining the vibrant and well-connected WorldPop team, the right candidate will have opportunities to contribute to high-impact publications. The project work to be undertaken involves:

  • Assembling, processing and harmonizing datasets on human mobility in low and middle income countries.
  • Assembling and processing a wide range of GIS vector and raster datasets to support modelling of seasonal population density changes.
  • Undertaking bespoke processing and GIS analyses in support of the project.
  • Constructing dataset metadata reports and contributing to figure production and scientific manuscript and report writing.
  • Carrying out administrative tasks associated with specified research funding, for example risk assessment of research activities, organisation of project meetings and documentation.  
  • Contribute to training run by the WorldPop group.

You will ideally have an undergraduate and postgraduate degree where GIS was a major focus or relevant industry experience, with a particular focus on processing large raster and vector datasets, as well as network analysis preferred. The project is highly interdisciplinary and as such there is some flexibility to accommodate expertise from a range of cognate disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. geography, demography, statistics, computer science, ecology, epidemiology etc). Experience of computer programming, statistical analysis, running GIS training, data visualization and database design would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the project lead at the University of Southampton, School of Geography and Environmental Science. The position is full time until December 2020, with a likelihood of extensions to this, and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Andrew Tatem (, Dr Alessandro Sorichetta (, or Dr Jessica Steele (

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1187619WR on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Geography and Environmental Sciences

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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