University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Earth observation Connected Capabilities Coordinator

Earth observation Connected Capabilities Coordinator

Are you an ambitious Earth observation (EO) expert, with excellent research and innovation knowledge, and an interest in the Space sector? Do you have, or are working towards, a PhD or equivalent industry expertise in Earth observation or another relevant subject? Are you interested in supporting the growth of a regional Space cluster in Yorkshire, working with research and education institutes, businesses and government agencies across the UK?

We are looking for experienced and motivated applicants to apply for a position as the Space Hub Yorkshire (SHY) Earth observation Connected Capabilities Network Coordinator. Hosted at the University of Leeds but working closely with our UK wide network of collaborators, this is an exciting opportunity in growing the UK's Earth observation community. A key aspect of the role will be to translate Earth observation and environmental sustainability applications knowledge from the academic and commercial EO sector across the UK; to diversify and grow this network; and to support research and innovation funding pitches.

The Connected Capabilities Network contains world-leading Earth observation experts who specialise in using optical, Synthetic Aperture Radar, altimetry, and meteorological satellite datasets to measure environmental change on Earth. These datasets are an essential component of the UKs climate monitoring capability and are being used to deliver real world impact and policy tied action for the UK. The consortium receives funding on major national and international Earth observation projects, from funders including the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and beyond. We collaborate closely with many international research partners on funded projects, providing a fantastic opportunity to make connections and broaden your network.

You will have an excellent track record of technical expertise in the Earth observation sector, an ambition to grow your leadership skills; and an enthusiasm for working in the Space sector. You will work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary stakeholders, ensuring successful delivery of the programme. You will have excellent organisation and interpersonal skills, with enthusiasm for working closely with academics, businesses and international space agencies.

Space Hub Yorkshire (SHY) is supporting the growth of the UK's Space industry in Yorkshire. SHY is collaborating with the wide network of regional clusters across the UK on this Connected Capabilities Network (CCN), including Oxford Arc, Northern Ireland, Wales amongst others. This CCN network lead role will work closely with all these partners, maintaining and growing our close collaboration with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and the Satellite Applications Catapult (SAC). The Satellite Applications Catapult grant is part of national programme to grow the UK's Space sector through the development of Connected Capabilities in Space hubs across the UK.

The role will involve significant engagement with universities, businesses, policy makers and industry and third-sector partners. You will be based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds but will work closely with regional Space clusters across the UK.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 14.5% of salary
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • And much more!

    If you are looking for a role that will take a leading role in growing a regional Space cluster in Yorkshire, apply today.

    To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

    Professor Anna Hogg of Space Hub Yorkshire

    Tel: +44(0)113 343 5842

    Email: [email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment Section: Institute of Atmospheric Science (ICAS) Category: Professional & Managerial Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 30 September 2025 to complete specific time limited work) Release Date: Thursday 09 May 2024 Closing Date: Thursday 23 May 2024 Reference: ENVEE1735 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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    Earth observation Connected Capabilities Coordinator


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    May 10, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 23, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Geosciences,Physics

    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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