SARTRAC Research Fellow

Southampton, United Kingdom
£30,942 to £38,017 Per annum
14 Jul 2021
End of advertisement period
12 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Geography & Environmental Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 13/09/2022)
Closing Date:  Thursday 12 August 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1433521WR

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) has invested £225 Million across 37 interdisciplinary projects to address a range of world problems, including: ‘Teleconnected SARgassum risks across the Atlantic: building capacity for TRansformational Adaptation in the Caribbean and West Africa (SARTRAC)’. SARTRAC is investigating the impacts of and responses to the massive sargassum seaweed invasion of Caribbean and West African coasts since 2011, especially the impacts on and opportunities for the poorest in sargassum affected societies ( ). SARTRAC comprises four (4) universities located in four (4) countries (Jamaica, Barbados, Ghana and UK). We have an exciting opportunity for one full-time researcher to join our team.

The University of Southampton seeks one individual for 12 months with skills in: application of GIS and remote sensing in environmental monitoring, computer programming (e.g. Phython or R) and multisource geospatial data integration for environmental monitoring.   

We seek candidates with quantitative skills e.g. modelling seaweed distributions, to design and carry out desk-based and field-based GIS/remote sensing/drone-led research, and engage in GIS/remote sensing knowledge transfer activities across the research team. They should have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualification in Geography, Remote sensing, Environmental science or other relevant subject. The successful candidate(s) will work closely with Southampton researchers, undertake primary research, write research papers, and liaise with a range of interdisciplinary Caribbean and African researchers in areas including: geography, politics, biology, and oceanography. Applicants should have some field experience, ideally in rural areas. Previous experience working on remote sensing of vegetation in oceans and understanding of ocean biophysical processes, and/or experience in West Africa would be an advantage. The post holder will be expected to travel to Ghana for the project. 

The post-holder will have opportunities to develop knowledge and professional skills in: interdisciplinary research projects; collaborative and partnership working; policy-influence; and international development issues.

The University of Southampton is a world-renowned Russell Group University with a global reputation for academic excellence, we offer a stimulating, challenging and dynamic working environment for all our staff.  You will work in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, a leading international centre for both geographical research, and Earth observation and GIS applied to a range of environmental and human problems.  

This full-time post is tenable from 13 September 2021 or soon after. Remote working within the UK is available for this post.

This post will be advertised for 28 days, but the closing date will be regularly reviewed based on the level of applicants.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1433521WR on all correspondence. 

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