Lecturer GIS/Geoinformatics

Employeur : University of Glasgow
Zone géographique : United Kingdom
Date de parution : 30 avril 2015
  • Reference Number: 008581
  • Location: Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
  • Job Family: Research And Teaching
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Salary Range: Grade 7: £33,242 - £37,394 / Grade 8: £40,046 - £46,400

Job Purpose

To deliver internationally excellent research and teaching across Geographical & Earth Sciences undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at the University of Glasgow and to teach in the Environmental Management MSc course in our joint graduate school with Nankai University, China and to undertake administration as assigned by the Head of School.

The University of Glasgow has a joint graduate school with Nankai University in China. As part of the joint graduate school, the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences (GES) offers a 2 year International Masters programme in Environmental Management, based in Nankai.
At the main campus in Glasgow, GES offers the following 1 year taught Masters programmes:

  • 3 MSc programmes in Geomatics:
    • o Geospatial & Mapping Sciences (RICS and CInstCES accredited)
    • o Geoinformation Technology and Cartography (RICS accredited)
    • o Geomatics & Management (RICS accredited)
  • 4 MSc programmes in water science
    • o Aquatic Systems Science
    • o Coastal System Management
    • o Freshwater System Science
    • o Marine System Science
  • An MRes in Human Geography.

For further details of these programmes see: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/ges/postgraduate/
GES delivers two large undergraduate programmes: Geography and Earth Sciences.
Research in the School of GES is organised into two research groups: Human Geography (HGRG) and Earth Systems (ESRG).

This post is based at the main campus of the University of Glasgow, but it is a requirement of the post that the appointee will travel regularly to Nankai University in China. It is expected that the appointee will travel to Nankai, twice per annum for visits typically of 3 weeks duration, but longer or more frequent visits may be required to meet operational demands. (The dates of the teaching session will be different from those on the main UoG campus.)

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Deliver a range of teaching and assessment activities across Geographical & Earth Sciences undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Glasgow and in the Environmental Management International Masters programme in Nankai, taking responsibility for existing courses and developing and leading new courses
  2. Contribute to enhancing the research profile of the School including maintaining a track record of publications of international quality in leading journals
  3. Develop and maintain an externally funded research programme across the School, College and University, exploring research collaborations in Nankai
  4. Supervise Masters and undergraduate student projects
  5. Supervise and train postgraduate students to ensure their effective development
  6. Work with industry to develop research projects and generate funding to develop opportunities for PGT student projects and PGR studentships
  7. Participate in appropriate research seminars/conferences within subject area
  8. Participate in School research group activities and new initiatives
  9. Lead aspects of the planning, organisation and delivery of postgraduate and/or undergraduate teaching activities within GES in accordance with established School programmes
  10. Contribute to the on-going development and design of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research–led approach to student learning
  11. Enhance the student learning experience
  12. Participate fully in assessment and examination process as appropriate, using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students
  13. Engage in knowledge exchange activities as appropriate
  14. Promote the University’s internationalisation agenda
  15. Undertake School administration as assigned by the Head of School
  16. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as required by the Head of School

    For appointment at Grade 8 you will:
  17. Undertake the duties above with a higher degree of leadership and responsibility.
  18. Have a research reputation in GIS/Geoinformatics of international standing, evidenced by a track record of publications of international quality and grants/contracts, and provide an enhanced leadership contribution to the above-mentioned duties.
  19. Take responsibility for the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities in the relevant and related subject areas, in accordance with the School programme.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1 PhD in Geoinformatics, Geomatics, Remote Sensing or an appropriate discipline
A2 Up-to-date knowledge of research within the subject area
A3 Up-to-date knowledge of Remote Sensing and GIS
A4 Excellent knowledge of Geography, Geomatics, Environmental Science or Earth Science

For appointment at Grade 8:
A5 An established track record of published research of international quality in in GIS, Geoinformatics, Environmental Science or Environmental Management.

B1 Knowledge of Geomatics
B1 Knowledge of Environmental Management
B2 Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese


C1 Research creativity and potential for leadership
C2 Ability for independent thought to generate original research questions leading to grant winning and high quality publications
C3 Expertise that complements and strengthens existing research at GES
C4 Ability to teach effectively at taught postgraduate and undergraduate levels
C5 Ability to use appropriate Remote Sensing & GIS software
C6 Ability to teach Remote Sensing and GIS
C7 Willingness and ability to engage with current interdisciplinary research challenges
C8 Excellent written and verbal communication skills
C9 Excellent interpersonal skills and presentation skills
C10 Time/project/budget management skills as appropriate
C11 Self-motivation
C12 Ability to work as part of a team
C13 Ability to work with little supervision
C14 Ability to accept collegiate responsibilities and act accordingly

For appointment at Grade 8:
C15 Leadership and facilitation skills.
C16 Ability to provide strategic contribution at Subject or School level.
C17 Excellent people and project management skills.

D1 Ability to contribute to Research Methods teaching in environmental management
D2 Ability to use programming tools for software development


E1 Normally 2 years postdoctoral research experience.
E2 Track record of established or emerging high quality research in in GIS, Geoinformatics, Environmental Science or Environmental Management particularly as evidenced by publications.
E3 Experience of successful teaching, tutoring or demonstrating at undergraduate or postgraduate level

For appointment at Grade 8:
E4 Minimum of 3-5 years postdoctoral research experience in a relevant area.
E5 Established track record of academic publications, activity and funding streams of international quality in environmental research
E6 Growing reputation in research/teaching at national and international level.
E7 Experience of successfully applying for, securing and managing research grant funding.
E8 Experience of using Remote Sensing and/or GIS in environmental management or applied environmental research
E9 Experience of teaching Remote Sensing and GIS within an undergraduate or postgraduate programme

F1 Experience in teaching and/or using photogrammetry
F2 Experience in field data capture (surveying)
F3 Experience in teaching and/or using digital terrain modelling
F4 Experience in use of OpenSource software for GIS and/or Remote Sensing
F5 Experience of administration of University degree courses and/or programmes
F6 Experience of field teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level
F7 Experience of involvement in knowledge exchange activities with policy makers and/or other end-users


Job Features

  • Develop and maintain a strong research portfolio
  • Be principal investigator and co-investigator for research grants
  • Represent the University and School internationally
  • Undertake teaching in accordance with a fair distribution of School workload
    Undertake field course teaching and support field based projects
    Engage in a team-driven and collegiate research and teaching environment
  • Undertake administration in accordance with a fair distribution of School workload
  • Supervise research assistants/associates
  • Supervise postgraduate students
  • Work with end-users of research, as appropriate
  • Publish as appropriate to subject specialism within appropriate agreed timescales/period
Planning and Organising
  • Long term strategic development of research plans and research capabilities
  • Monthly/annually – grant writing and submission
  • Weekly/monthly – experimental research undertaken by self or research students/staff
  • Weekly/monthly/annually – planning and preparation of taught courses
  • Plan and organise administrative duties on an ongoing basis
  • Reactive – daily queries from students/staff. being aware of, and responsive to, different expectations of different student cohorts
  • Effective organisational skills to manage time and to prioritise appropriately research, teaching and administrative duties noting issues of time zone differences between campuses

Decision Making
  • Strategic decisions on research direction and grant submissions, including development of collaborative activities
  • Choice of appropriate journals, conferences and other media for dissemination of research outcomes
  • Experiment design and choices of experimental equipment and techniques
  • Curricula, intended learning outcomes, course content and assessment methods for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses
  • Responsibility for organisation of resources, as appropriate
  • Prioritise own work
  • External involvement such as referee in research proposals, papers etc.

Internal/External Relationships

  • Head of School, Research Convenors and Director of Learning & Teaching for exchanging information, research and knowledge transfer strategy, learning and teaching strategy
  • Programme Directors for co-ordination of learning & teaching activities
  • Academic colleagues on all aspects of the post
  • Research assistants/associates and research students to advise and motivate
  • Undergraduate and Masters students for teaching and learning support
  • Academic support services for appropriate advice and for exchanging information
  • Student support services, to exchange information, refer/support students
  • Key research players, nationally and internationally, in the development of the subject specialism through range of appropriate academic channels
  • Academic and administrative staff at Nankai University
  • Grant funding bodies (income generation)
  • End-users in research
  • Journals (publishing)

Problem Solving
  • Research including repetitive problem solving and development of novel ideas
  • Project design, research direction and grant winning
  • Assistance of postgraduate students with problems relating to research
  • Point of contact for problems/enquiries from students about teaching/research

Standard Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions
The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8, £33,242 - £37,394 / £40,847 - £47,328 per annum
This post is full time and open ended.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.
Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

Probation Period

The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide for you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career.

Information on the programme can be found on our website at:

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
Vacancy reference: 008581, closing date: 17 May 2015.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 11/12 June 2015.
To apply, visit http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/jobs/vacancies/ and enter reference number 008581.