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Research Fellow in GIS and remote sensing, and environmental social science (SARTRAC project)

Environmental Change & Sustainability

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £31,866
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/10/2022)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 17 March 2020
Interview Date:   Tuesday 31 March 2020
Reference:  1242820WR

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion fund by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries, has funded ‘Teleconnected SARgassum risks across the Atlantic: building capacity for TRansformational Adaptation in the Caribbean and West Africa (SARTRAC)’. SARTRAC is investigating the impacts of and responses to the massive sargassum seaweed invasion of Caribbean and West African coasts since 2011, especially the impacts on and opportunities for the poorest in sargassum affected societies. SARTRAC comprises four (4) universities located in four (4) countries (Jamaica, Barbados, Ghana and UK). We have an exciting opportunity for one full time, OR two part-time researchers to join our team.

The University of Southampton seeks one individual (or two people in a job share) for 31 months with skills in: (i) social science, human geography or political science in the areas of regional environmental governance, environment and development, community based adaptation and/or (ii) application GIS and remote sensing in environmental monitoring.

We seek candidates with quantitative (modelling seaweed distributions) and/or qualitative skills (ethnographic fieldwork, interview techniques, Delphi analysis) to design and carry out desk-based and field-based research in Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean, and engage in knowledge transfer activities in Ghana. They should have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualification in Geography, Environmental social science, Political science or other relevant subject. The successful candidate(s) will work closely with Southampton researchers, undertake primary research, write research papers, and liaise with Caribbean and African researchers in areas including: geography, politics, biology, and oceanography. Applicants should have some field experience, ideally in rural areas. Previous experience in the Caribbean would be an advantage. The post holder will be expected to travel internationally for the project. 

The post-holder will have opportunities to develop knowledge and professional skills in: interdisciplinary research projects; collaborative and partnership working; policy-influence; and international development issues.

The University of Southampton is a world-renowned Russell Group University with a global reputation for academic excellence, we offer a stimulating, challenging and dynamic working environment for all our staff.  You will work in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, a leading international centre for both geographical research, and Earth observation and GIS applied to a range of environmental and human problems.  

The post is tenable from 31 March 2020 or soon after.

This post is for one (1) full time member of staff. However, if you have the skills to do either the social science or the GIS and remote sensing but not both, we would encourage you to apply for a job share position in your area of specialisation (i.e. GIS or social science). This would be a 50% part time post at 50% of the salary for the project duration. 

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Emma Tompkins or Professor Jadu Dash (GIS and remote sensing specific queries) .

For applicants interested in a Part Time role, please note: This role is unlikely to support a Certificate of Sponsorship with a part time salary amount (a Certificate of Sponsorship is required to obtain a Tier 2 visa to work in the UK).

The closing date for this vacancy is 17th March 2020.

Interviews will be conducted on Tuesday 24th March 2020.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure:
You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1242820WR 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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