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Research Associate (Remote Sensing) (4293)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in remote sensing (satellite) analysis of glacier-volcano interactions. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 15 months, and is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant (‘Using glaciers to identify, monitor, and predict volcanic activity').

The principal role of the PDRA is to develop and apply remote sensing methods to investigate volcano-glacier interactions, and to publish associated journal articles. Given the emphasis on tool development, a background in remote sensing and/or GIS is essential. An interest in glaciology and/or volcanology would also be useful.

The applicant will be based in Manchester (UK) working with the project leader and PhD student, but will also have the opportunity to spend time in Aberdeen (UK), where a co-investigator is based.

Applicants should possess (or be very close to obtaining) a doctorate in earth/geo sciences, remote sensing, physics, computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline. A background in any of the following will be of advantage: satellite remote sensing, image analysis, GIS, programming, artificial intelligence or big data analysis.

In addition to their salary, the postholder will receive financial support to attend international conferences and workshops.  

Please direct enquiries to Dr Iestyn Barr (  

As part of your application, you will be required to upload a cover letter, CV and details of two referees.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Science and Engineering
  • Salary:
    Grade 7 (£31,406 to £35,326)
  • Closing Date:
    16 December 2021
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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