Research Associate in GNSS Geodesy

Requisition ID: 9881
Location: Newcastle, GB
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Posted Date: 22-Jul-2021

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: - £30,942 - £32,817, with progression to £40,322 per annum
Closing Date: Friday 20th August 2021

The Role

This is a fixed-term post until December 2022, based in the School of Engineering. You will join the geodesy team within the Geospatial Engineering group, and carry out research into the analysis and utilisation of GPS/GNSS observations for positioning and geophysical deformation monitoring. Specifically, you will carry out research into the global phenomenon of Ocean Tide Loading, and into surface mass loading in Antarctica.

You must have a PhD in geodesy, geophysics, or a closely related scientific / engineering field, either completed or in the final stages by the time of appointment. You should have a proven or emerging track record of self-motivated progress in academic research, including publication in peer-reviewed journals, and a demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.

You must have high-quality written and oral communication skills in the English language, and expertise in scientific computing under the Linux (or other UNIX) operating system. You should be familiar with the use of one or more of the major scientific GPS/GNSS processing software packages for high-precision positioning. Ideally, you will also have skills in geophysical modelling and interpretation of geodetic observations.

This is a full time, fixed-term post available immediately until December 2022.

For further details and informal enquiries please contact Professor Peter Clarke (Tel: +44 191 208 6351, or e-mail: Peter.Clarke@ncl.ac.uk).

Key Accountabilities

  • Carry out research into the use of GNSS observations for precise positioning and deformation monitoring with geophysical applications.
  • Deformation signal interpretation including time-series analysis and geophysical modelling for Ocean Tide Loading and Antarctic surface mass loading.
  • Disseminate your work via leading international journal publications and conferences.
  • Contribute, as appropriate, to other research, teaching and engagement activities of the School.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential

  • High-quality written and oral communication skills in the English language.
  • Expertise in scripting under the Linux (UNIX) operating system.
  • Expertise in one or more of the GIPSY/OASIS II, GipsyX, Bernese, PANDA or GAMIT scientific GNSS processing software packages.
  • A proven or emerging track record of self-motivated progress in academic research, including publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Desirable

  • Expertise in geophysical modelling and interpretation of geodetic observations.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas of global GNSS geodesy:
    • observation and modelling of surface mass loading;
    • analysis of global GNSS networks, including orbit computation and participation in global (re-)processing studies;
    • reference frames.
  • Practical skills in terrestrial land / engineering surveying including the use of GNSS.
  • Experience of undergraduate and/or postgraduate research project supervision.

Attributes and Behaviour

Essential

  • A demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Willing and able to participate in teaching, research or fieldwork activities which may occasionally include planned work out of normal office hours and/or in remote locations.

Desirable

  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated researcher able to develop ideas for new projects and funding streams.

Qualifications

Essential

  • A good Bachelorís or Masterís degree in a relevant subject.
  • A PhD in geodesy, geophysics, or a closely related scientific/engineering field, either completed or in the final stages of writing-up and examination.

Desirable

  • Eligible to use GipsyX GPS processing software.
  • Full driving licence valid in the UK

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment. The position is available immediately and is offered on a full-time and fixed term basis, available immediately for 48 months post start date. We would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible working.

We appoint on merit and particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently underrepresented in administrative Technical Services such as LGBTQ+, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues and individuals who legally identify as female.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 9881

posted: 22 July 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.