University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Earth Observation & Data Science

United Kingdom

Closing in 35 days

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Earth Observation & Data Science

Department of Biology, 11a Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3SZOxford

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a project mapping seagrass in the Western Indian Ocean led by Dr Gwilym Rowlands. Seagrass habitats are extremely valuable yet often endangered ecosystems; accurate maps are urgently required to support improved management. You will work as part of a large and dispersed international team of researchers, with the opportunity to regularly interact with collaborating researchers in Oxford and across the study region. This position provides an excellent opportunity for an ambitious researcher interested in working at the interface of marine research, conservation, and policy.

The successful applicant will manage their own research and administrative activities. You will take a leading role in delivering geospatial and remote sensing analysis, technical writing, literature synthesis, collaborative meetings, field planning and logistics. You will collaborate in the preparation and delivery of scientific reports journal articles and occasionally present papers and posters.

You will hold, or be close to completion, a relevant PhD/DPhil, together with relevant experience. You will demonstrate relevant expertise for the classification of satellite imagery into GIS-ready habitat maps, familiarity with the use of cloud computing platforms, like the Google Earth Engine, for remote sensing and geospatial analysis, and familiarity with the challenges and technical solutions for optical remote sensing and mapping in marine and coastal environments.

The post is offered full-time for a period of up to 36 months. Applications to work 80% full-time may be considered. The post is scheduled to start in January 2024.

Please apply by uploading a cover letter and CV through our e-recruitment system. Where Covid-19 has resulted in substantial disruption to your work or research outputs, please explain this by providing an additional paragraph in your supporting statement.

The University of Oxford is committed to equality and valuing diversity. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 5 January 2024 and interviews are likely to be scheduled week commencing 15 January 2024.

Contact Person : HR Vacancy ID : 169223 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 05-Jan-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 7.1 – 7.5: £36,024 - £40,521 p.a.

Job details


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Earth Observation & Data Science


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 21, 2023

Application deadline

January 05, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Engineering,Geosciences,Physics

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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