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Research Assistant in Geographic Information Systems

School of Anthropology and Conservation

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £28,331 to £32,817 per annum
Grade:  Grade 6
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 15 Months
Release Date:  Friday 07 February 2020
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 01 March 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  SS-172-20

A passionate environmental scientist with expertise in Geographical Information Systems is required to manage and process spatial data and implement spatial analyses, at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE). 

You will be part of the Wallacea Research Programme, funded by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to study biodiversity and tensions in environmental management in the unique Wallacea region of Indonesia. 

These activities will be led by Dr Matthew Struebig and Professor Bob Smith at the University of Kent, and Dr Maria Beger at University of Leeds, and will involve input from academic and non-academic Programme partners in the UK and Indonesia.

Wallacea is the intersection of the Oriental and Australasian biogeographic regions and includes the islands of Sulawesi, the Moluccas and Nusa Tenggara. The region is of immense scientific interest, but is relatively understudied compared to other parts of Southeast Asia. 

The Wallacea Programme supports five research projects working in various parts of Wallacea on terrestrial, coastal and marine biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, spatial modelling and natural capital assessment. An integrated spatial planning assessment will be undertaken to explore linkages between the terrestrial to marine systems across Wallacea. This ‘ridge to reef’ assessment will comprise spatial planning analyses that will apply optimisation approaches to datasets contributed from each Project.

As Research Assistant in Geographical Information Systems you will:

  • Compile, process and manage spatial datasets for the Wallacea region from Programme partners in UK and Indonesia.
  • Undertake spatial prioritisation analyses (e.g. using Marxan and/or similar approaches) based on the above datasets, and under the guidance of the grant holders (Dr Struebig, Prof Smith, and Dr Beger)
  • Assist in the development of data nomenclature, archiving and metadata protocols, and ensure well documented data coding pipeline carries through to the Programme-level analysis.
  • Represent the Wallacea Programme at meetings and events in UK and Indonesia

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • MSc (or equivalent), completed by start date, in a relevant area of environmental or conservation science (e.g. landscape ecology, decision science, social-ecological systems)
  • Experience of using GIS to conduct spatial analysis
  • Experience of undertaking statistical analyses (e.g. spatial analyses) using R 
  • Excellent communication skills (spoken and written English)
  • Experience of working on large projects involving multiple partners

The School of Anthropology and Conservation is a multinational research community striving for real-world impact. Our creative lecturers, internationally recognised research, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and welcoming student spaces create an inspiring learning environment.

Founded in 1989, DICE sets itself apart from more traditionally-minded academic institutions by conducting applied conservation research that breaks down the barriers between the natural and the social sciences. Its mission is to conserve biodiversity and the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people, by developing capacity and improving conservation management and policy through high-impact research.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: SS-172-20


We particularly welcome applications from female and black and ethnic minority candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area
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