Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Science

School/Department: School of Natural and Built Environment
Reference: 17/105509
Closing Date: Monday 5 June 2017
Salary: 49,772 to 63,008 per annum (including contribution points)
Anticipated Interview Date: Week commencing Monday 3 July 2017


To undertake research in any aspect of advanced and specialised GIScience, for example, spatial statistics, geodetics, geomatics and geoinformatics, remote sensing and modelling that complements and enhances research activities within the School of Natural and Built Environment, particularly in relation to geography and/ or archaeology and palaeoecology; to contribute to relevant collaborative research programmes, to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to contribute to School administration/ outreach activities.



  • Deliver appropriate teaching and assessment activities including modules, lectures, setting/marking coursework, practicals, and field work to undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • Develop the teaching activities of the School by pursuing new and innovative teaching approaches.
  • Supervise practical field and laboratory work, and advise students on geospatial data and techniques.
  • Plan and develop independent teaching contributions and contribute to the design or revision of modules and programmes.


  • Develop and contribute to the research strategies of the School and maintain a reputation as an expert in own subject area.
  • Sustain an extensive track record of published research findings by publishing in refereed journals and presenting at national/international conferences.
  • Source and secure external funding in collaboration with others from the relevant national and international funding bodies to ensure continued growth of the School's research profile.
  • Provide guidance to other staff and students on own specialist area.
  • Work/collaborate on original research with colleagues in the School and other institutions.
  • Oversee research students as directed by Head of School.

Administration/Contribution to the Community:

  • Contribute significantly to the development and running of the School/area by taking on appropriate senior administrative roles.
  • Contribute to the School's outreach strategy by designing and/or delivering community outreach programmes and developing external links.
  • Provide pastoral care for students within own area to ensure that all issues are dealt with in a timely, sympathetic and effective manner.
  • Be responsible for the record-keeping associated with teaching and the preparation of teaching materials.
  • May sit on major University committees.

Planning and Organising:

  • Be involved in strategic planning for the School/unit.
  • Plan and deliver research, teaching and consultancy or similar programmes.
  • Contribute to the management of quality, audit and other external assessments.
  • Identify and apply for external research funding.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Provide academic leadership to those working within programme areas.
  • Develop and manage staff and resources, in support of major research, teaching and administrative activities.
  • Contribute to the overall management of the School/unit and undertake other work-related duties as directed by the Head of School.

Internal and External Relationships:

  • Lead and develop internal networks for example by participating in University committee/s.
  • Lead and develop links with external networks, for example, with external examiners and assessors.
  • Develop links with external contacts such as other educational bodies, employers, and professional bodies to foster collaboration.
  • Contribute to the School's outreach strategy by designing and/or delivering community outreach programmes and developing external links.


  • PhD in Geographical Information Science or related discipline at time of application.
  • BSc/BA Honours degree in one of the following subject areas; Geography, Archaeology, Palaeoecology, Geology, Engineering or in another cognate discipline.
  • Recognised excellence and reputation in GIS in the context of geography and/ or archaeology and palaeoecology.
  • Sustained publication record. Evidence of at least four REF-returnable articles at international level since 2015 in peer reviewed journals /conference papers, or equivalent.
  • Research interests in advanced GIS that complement or enhance research activities in the School.
  • Experience in ESRI ArcGIS and/ or Open Source GIS.
  • A minimum of 5 years research experience in a relevant field.
  • Sustained teaching experience in GIScience to geography and/ or archaeology and palaeoecology students at University level.
  • Evidence of having designed new and innovative modules/pathways or assessment methods.
  • Contribution to a wide range of administrative tasks at a more strategic level.
  • Contribution to a wider range of community outreach programmes/initiatives in designing and delivering innovative new outreach programmes.
  • Proven ability to plan and deliver a programme of research and develop techniques, and acquire sources of funding.
  • Able to present research to the wider academic community and non-academic audiences.
  • An excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is required for report writing, lecturing and presentations.
  • Involvement in productive external collaboration.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources.
  • Able to develop effective research collaborations.
  • The post may require travel from time to time as required by the post.


  • PGCHET (or equivalent) and/or membership of an appropriate professional and/or teaching body eg. HEA.
  • Research experience at postdoctoral level.
  • At least 4 REF-returnable publications in journals of acknowledged higher quality or equivalent.
  • Successful research grant application experience.
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate level in one or more specialist areas in GIScience.
  • Teaching experience in advanced GIScience at postgraduate level.


The School of Natural and Built Environment comprises three research clusters: Culture and Society, Environmental Change and Resilience and Sustainable Built Environment. The successful application will become a member of the Culture and Society cluster. The School supports internationally recognised research and education programmes that tackle vital cultural, environmental and social concerns, past and present.

Archaeology and Palaeoecology have excellent facilities, including general purpose laboratories for teaching, a climate-controlled area for artefact work and specialist laboratories for the analysis of human remains, animal bone, pollen, insects, tree-rings and tephra. The School maintains an extensive array of equipment for field and laboratory research, including EA-IRMS for stable isotopes (C&N), x-ray cabinet, x-ray diffraction, field x-ray fluorescence, laser scanners, geophysics (gamma-ray, resistivity, magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar), particle size analyser, ion chromatography, a full range of light microscopes, and access to SEM. It hosts the 14CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment and Chronology, which has an AMS for dedicated radiocarbon dating, and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) which is one of the few excavation units to operate within a UK-based university department.

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