Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Remote Sensing

Cranfield, United Kingdom
Research Assistant – £24,739 to £28,338 per annum/Research Fellow – £33,309 to £37,127 per annum
30 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period 30 months
Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) Salary level 4 – £24,739 to £28,338 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £35,420 per annum OR Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) Salary level 5 – £33,309 to £37,127 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £46,409 per annum
Apply by 30/10/2020

Role Description

Cranfield University’s Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Informatics Environment and Agrifood welcomes applications from environmental change remote sensing experts. This position is a new post at Cranfield related to UKRI’s Belmont Global Challenges Research Fund programme of research, centred around disaster risk, resilience and relief, to tackle societally relevant global environmental change challenges.

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world. 

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here: Working life at Cranfield.

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. To find out more please visit our website: 

For the past 50 years, Cranfield has been contributing to enhancing natural capital and ensuring that global food systems are more resilient for the future. We are recognised worldwide by industry, government and academe for our research and teaching in plants, soil, water and air. 

The project focuses on enhancing regional capacity within the context of assessment and response to effects of droughts and flood risk. Within this project you will develop, pilot-test and validate remote sensing tools that enable the prediction, assessment and response to effects of droughts. You will: (i) cooperate with Makelle University to explore the applications of remote sensing technology for monitoring drought in Sub-Saharan Africa; (ii) develop a disaster resilience effectiveness index (DREI) for Sub-Saharan Africa; (iii) contribute to inform policy dialogue at national and regional levels based on continuous analysis of data and expert opinion emerging from regional research; (iv) contribute to organise workshops; (v) develop a virtual learning environment to support PhD courses on the Nexus approach that enables co-design and pilot testing of robust models of disaster resilience and; (vi) develop policy briefs.

You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in remote sensing, image analysis and/or computing, drought modelling, environmental sciences, or related subjects. With excellent communication skills, you will have a real interest in understanding how disaster risk, resilience and relief can be used to tackle societally relevant global environmental change challenges. 

In return, you will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and be at the forefront of disaster resilience world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day. 

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups. 

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.  To find out more, please visit

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Monica Rivas Casado, Senior Lecturer in Integrated Environmental Monitoring, on (T); +44 (0)1234 754433 or (E);

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