MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY

Lecturer in Geography

Location
Maynooth, Kildare (IE)
Posted
13 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
13 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Maynooth University
Ollscoil Mhá Nuad

Maynooth University (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) is the fastest growing university in Ireland with over 10,000 students and outstanding research and scholarship in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The university is now entering a new and exciting phase of its development, with a new strategic plan centred on further enhancing our academic programmes, providing a distinctive student experience of the highest quality, focusing our research activities on a small number of priority themes, and further internationalising the university. To support this development, the university is seeking to recruit outstanding academics, with a strong track record of research and teaching, to the following position:

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography has 20 FTE staff, three emeritus professors, three emeritus senior lecturers, two administrators, one technician and, in cognate research institutes, several affiliate staff. Based on its research strengths in Climate Change, Environmental Change, Spatial Planning and Place-Making, the Department offers courses to about 500 FTE undergraduate and postgraduate students, including three Masters Programmes (Geography, Climate Change, and GIS and Remote Sensing). At Maynooth, postgraduate training in Remote Sensing and GIS began in 1996, the earliest such course in Ireland. We also have Ireland’s longest-running undergraduate module in Remote Sensing (established in 1991). The current postgraduate programme has a significant placement component and the employment record of graduates is excellent. 

Lecturer (Remote Sensing / Geographic Information Science)

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued. 

We are seeking an excellent academic to join our staff as a Lecturer in Remote Sensing / Geographic Information Science. The person appointed will have a proven record of teaching, research and publication, appropriate to career stage. He/she will be expected to make a strong contribution to the teaching programme of the Department and undertake teaching duties on the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as the supervision of Master’s and PhD students. 

The appointee will be expected to build a strong research profile, that supports the University’s research strategy including affiliating to the Research Institutes, where appropriate and working with colleagues on national and international research. The appointee will be expected to sustain and conduct research, engage in scholarship of quality and substance and generate publications of international standard.  

Our primary need is in the area of Remote Sensing but it is expected that a strong candidate would likewise have competence in GIS as well. The lecturer will be expected to become a key teaching member on the MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing programme, and add specific expertise on recent developments in Remote Sensing, especially in the area of new data gathering and analysis technologies such as Lidar, Unpiloted Aerial Vehicles and wider earth observation data sources. The lecturer will produce excellent research that makes use of some of these techniques and will be committed to developing further geographical scholarship, including undergraduate teaching on this basis, and contributing to the general programme of undergraduate education in Geography which includes fieldwork. The Lecturer will be cognisant of the broader set of interactions comprehended as a geographical synthesis. 

Specifically this post will:

  • Fill a critical gap in the Geography teaching programme, particularly but not only on the MSc GIS and Remote Sensing programme;
  • Build capacity within either the People, Place and Environment research theme or the Environment and Climate Research Cluster within the University; 
  • Develop further collaborative opportunities between ICARUS, NCG, NIRSA and MUSSI and;
  • Position Maynooth to increase success in drawing down funds from Horizon 2020and contribute to research teams that will secure funding from such bodies as Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). 

The person appointed will have a proven record of teaching, research and publication, appropriate to career stage. He/she will be expected to make a strong contribution to the teaching programme of the Department and undertake teaching duties on the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as the supervision of Master’s and PhD students. 

The appointee will be expected to build a strong research profile, that supports the University’s research strategy including affiliating to the Research Institutes, where appropriate and working with colleagues on national and international research. The appointee will be expected to sustain and conduct research, engage in scholarship of quality and substance and generate publications of international standard.  

For further details including full comprehensive job description please see the Maynooth University vacancies page at: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/human-resources/vacancies

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