EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems – 3x 4-year PhD Studentships

University of Nottingham and Newcastle University, supported by Ordnance Survey, invites high-quality applications from UK and EU nationals for three fully funded 4-year (1+3) PhDs in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems for September 2020 entry.

These are open to to UK and/or EU  applicants.
Details at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ENG1390

Tenure track position “Geospatial analysis of access to urban amenities” at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Tenure track position “Geospatial analysis of access to urban amenities” at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Application deadline: 30 May 2020

Recruitment is a tenure track appointment which implies an initial appointment as lecturer for a period of 5 years with eligibility for tenure in the rank of senior lecturer by the end of this initial period.

This is a joint hiring by the following research groups: Cartography and GIS (CGIS) and Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at the Faculty of Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences (WE); Interface Demography (ID) and Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology (MOBI) at the Faculty of Social Sciences (ES). The position is part of a wider strategy of intensifying collaborations between WE and ES in the domain of interdisciplinary research in critical geospatial analysis through mixed method approaches combining GIS-based mapping/modelling with advanced statistical analysis and participatory methods (including citizen science). 


The candidate will have reduced teaching duties (an average of max. 8 ECTS per semester) in the first five years of the position. The teaching will be primarily oriented towards quantitative research methods, in particular GIS and spatial analysis related courses in the BSc and MSc in Geography, the MSc Urban Studies, the MSc Urban Design and Spatial Planning and the MA in Sociology. The candidate is also expected to supervise bachelor and master theses.

Following this period, she/he is also expected to lead on developing and (co-)teaching a set of course units in quantitative and/or mixed geospatial research methods; in the first instance to be offered in the MSc Urban Studies and the BA Social Sciences. It is also expected that s/he will play an active role in the realization of a ‘methodology lab’ oriented towards methodological innovation and training in quantitative and qualitative research methods in geosocial sciences that is open to the wider VUB community.


Living in compact cities is put forward as a solution to the current environmental crisis, yet cities have become unaffordable for a growing part of the population with dire social, economic, and political effects. Within cities access to foundational amenities – such as green and blue infrastructure, energy, transport services, food, housing, care, education, telecommunications – is both spatially and socially unevenly distributed. Some neighbourhoods enjoy high levels of liveability while other have low levels of well-being and health of its residents and are bereft of affordable and accessible amenities. 

Despite constituting a major societal challenge, the analysis of the urban geographies of accessibility of foundational amenities at times of ecological transition lacks an integrative, empirical, and systematic approach. This is fundamentally hampered by a dearth of critical and scientifically robust methods that can support an interdisciplinary approach to the matter. Witnessing this research gap, critical geo-information science (GIS) has a key role to play in research on the accessibility of urban amenities.

Tackling the above challenges requires a mixed, interdisciplinary research approach that combines geospatial modelling, advanced statistical (big) data analysis and participatory research. Apart from publicly or government-provided big data, also volunteered geographical information and social sensing data may contribute to a better understanding of relationships and mismatches between the supply and demand of/for foundational urban amenities and the mechanisms behind it and serve the outlined goals. 

With these aims in mind and building on the expertise of the involved research groups, the current position seeks to attract a senior researcher to further develop a nascent line of research that advances an interdisciplinary take on the equitable accessibility of foundational urban infrastructure. We seek to anchor research in the Brussels context, but also endorse comparative urbanism approaches including cities in the Global North and South, while deploying and refining critical GIS methodologies.


The candidate will be a member of the mentioned research groups and departments. She/he will be expected to participate in operational and administrative aspects, mainly in the Department of Geography.    

It is expected that the candidate will take on a leading and collegial role in developing collaborations in research and education of the involved departments. 

Job profile

  • As a formal minimum requirement, applicants must hold a PhD awarded on the basis of an original thesis. 
  • The candidate should ideally also have: 
    • A background in geography, geo-information science, urban studies, demography, sociology, transport studies, environmental studies or a related discipline;
    • Experience in quantitative analysis of spatial data (GIS), GIS programming/scripting and use of open source geospatial libraries;
    • Good statistical background and experience in the use of statistical software; 
    • Strong affinity with urban oriented research, social geography and/or spatial demographics;
    • Experience with data driven analysis techniques (machine learning approaches, data-mining, …), analysis of big data and volunteered geographical information is a strong plus;
    • Proven teaching skills and experience in supervising students;
    • An emerging or established track record of relevant publications;
    • Experience in applying for research grants and/or project coordination skills;
    • Strong networking and social skills.
  • The candidate should be fluent in English. Non-Dutch-speaking candidates will have to demonstrate knowledge of Dutch after 5 years. 
  • Knowledge of French is an asset.

Planned starting date: 01/11/2020. Applications online only via the following link: https://jobs.vub.be/job/Elsene-ZAP-vacature-enkel-tenure-track/598241401/

Contact: Prof. Matthieu Kervyn, Head of Geography Department: Matthieu.Kervyn.De.Meerendre@vub.be

UIUC’s CyberGIS Center is recruiting a System Engineer

The ad and application instruction are available on this webpage: https://cybergis.illinois.edu/career/system-engineer/.  This position is expected to join a dynamic team to make significant contributions to innovating big-data and high-performance geospatial computing systems.  The position is full-time, permanent, and eligible for attractive benefits.  Application deadline is April 13, 2020.  Your help for spreading the word would be greatly appreciated.

PhD position in Visual analytics of mobile behaviour data in digital cities @ University of Zurich

We have an open PhD position in the GIScience center, Department of Geography, University of Zurich on 
Visual analytics of mobile behaviour data in digital cities
For detailed information and online application, see https://apply.mnf.uzh.ch/positiondetails/3997698https://apply.mnf.uzh.ch/position/3997698
Please feel free to pass this notification on to potentially interested candidates.

Best regards,

Tumasch Reichenbacher, PhDSenior Lecturer
Group Leader Geovisual analytics and digital transformation   

Department of Geography
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland

phone: +41 44 6355440

Curator, Geospatial Cultural Heritage (British Library)

Please consider applying for the role of Curator, Geospatial Cultural Heritage at the British Library. Further details and information on how to apply are available here: https://britishlibrary.recruitment.zellis.com/birl/pages/vacancy.jsf?latest=01002198

Closing date: 22 March 2020

This full-time role, fixed-term for 18 months offers a unique opportunity to shape strategy in using geospatial data to connect cultural heritage collections and engage audiences. Based in the British Library, St Pancras, the role will contribute to the ‘Locating a National Collection’ project, a Foundational Collaborative project in the ‘Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World’ programme, funded by the AHRC. This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside co-investigators in the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and the University of Exeter alongside a range of project partners from across the cultural heritage sector to manage and deliver the project’s infrastructure and engagement work packages. Tasks include conducting technical research and audience evaluation, managing developers, organising workshops and writing sections of the project’s strategy report.


Pod sídlištěm 9/1800, 182 11 Praha 8

V Odboru ZABAGED hledají nového kolegu VŠ (bez rozdílu věku a pohlaví):
pro správu ZABAGED® – Základní báze geografických dat ČR

  • Koordinace rozvoje a aktualizace ZABAGED.
  • Navrhování optimálního způsobu aktualizace typů objektů ZABAGED® a jejich atributů, využitím dat dálkového průzkumu Země Zeměměřického úřadu a externích dat tematických správců.
  • Vyhledávání, ověřování a analytické zhodnocení nových informačních zdrojů pro aktualizaci ZABAGED.
  • Výhodou je znalost GIS, relačních databází, odborné znalosti z oblasti fotogrammetrie, analýz leteckých měřických snímků a stereofotogrammetrie.

Na níže uvedených stránkách ZÚ sledujte uveřejnění oznámení o vyhlášení výběrového řízení na pozici:
Referent/ka zeměměřictví a katastru nemovitostí (ZKN)
Bližší informace také: Ing. Hana Olešovská, hana.olesovska@cuzk.cz, tel.: 28404 1771

Lecturer (“Oberassistent”) position in Geographic Information Science at UZH

SUBJECT LINE: Lecturer (“Oberassistent”) position in Geographic Information Science at UZH 
TEXT for announcement:
We have an opening for a Lecturer (“Oberassistent”) position in GIScience that should be particularly attractive for early career academics who aim to raise their profile as junior group leaders. For details and online application, see https://apply.mnf.uzh.ch/positiondetails/3997700Application deadline is on 7 April 2020.
Feel free to pass on to potentiall interested candidates.
Best regards,
Robert Weibel, PhDProfessor of Geographic Information ScienceDepartment of GeographyUniversity of Zurichrobert.weibel@geo.uzh.chhttp://www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/gis

Tenure track position in GeoHealth

TENURE-TRACK Position in GeoHealth at University of Twente

Job description

You initiate, carry out, and participate in research and consulting activities on geohealth. ITC emphasizes on research and consultancy in developing countries, where we have started a particular interest in the epidemiology of both contagious and non-contagious diseases, zoonosis and crop and soil health. Your research will be based on geoinformation science and you will apply and further develop methods in geohealth, focusing on diseases, hospitals and health programmes in a sustainable environment. You are able to discuss and find solutions for information acquisition and quality analysis emerging within ITC’s research and consulting projects. You will actively contribute to proposal writing for Dutch and European research programmes. You will supervise MSc and PhD students and participate in research and education activities with ITC’s partner institutes abroad. An important component of the position is to support the development of an MSc programme in health geographics together with other departments at the University of Twente. You will participate in national and international professional societies.

For specific information about ITC’s Tenure Track policy see: https://www.itc.nl/about-itc/career-at-itc/vacancies/.

Your profile

  • You possess a PhD in the field of Geo-information Science with experience in health studies.
  • You have experience in the geographical modelling of diseases in space and time, and/or geographical planning and policy issues related to health.
  • You have demonstrated scientific creativity combined with a publishing record of acknowledged quality and a strong interest in developing cost effective solutions relevant to the large variety of problems.
  • Preferably you have proven didactic skills and experience in teaching (e.g., a University Teacher Qualification certificate ‘BKO’ or equivalent), affinity with a multi-cultural, post-graduate education environment, and experience in international consulting and advising services. Candidates who do not already have a university teacher’s qualification will be supported to obtain one in the first three years.  
  • You are willing to undertake international travel.
  • An excellent command of English. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch is an advantage


Additional information regarding this position can be obtained from Prof. Alfred Stein (email: a.stein@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 15 March 2020 (choose “apply now” below). Your application has to include (i) a motivation letter clearly stating how you meet the selection criteria and also outlining your research and teaching interests, (ii) a detailed CV with references and (iii) a two-page statement on your personal vision on research, education and capacity development in relation to ITC and the position. Applications that do not include all three will not be considered.

A public guest lecture to the ITC-staff will be part of the selection. A development assessment could be part of the selection also. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Our offer

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. You will be initially employed for a period of seven years (Tenure Track position, starting as Assistant Professor 2 or 1), according to proven expertise and skills.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,637.00 and € 5,656.00 depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Assistant Professor level 2 or 1).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment
  • Professional and personal improvement programmes, including mentoring;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly supported.

With the Head of Department, you will agree upon expected performance and personal development targets. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and evaluations. If evaluated positively at the end of the Tenure Track, you will be appointed in a permanent position.

During your career, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognized academic. We offer a structured career and personal development program designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC’s activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.