Research Technician, GIS - Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW)

Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£25,217 to £30,046
Posted
Oct 11, 2019
Closes
Nov 09, 2019
Ref
121617
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
The WorldPop program ( www.worldpop.org ), based at the University of Southampton, is seeking to recruit a technician to assist with spatial data assembly, processing and analysis for a new Bill and Melinda Gates-funded project focused on mapping seasonal population density changes in low and middle income countries. We require a Research Technician with expertise in GIS and spatial data analysis to work on (i) gathering and processing existing data on population mobility in multiple countries; and (ii) producing and harmonizing various vector and raster datasets to support modelling of seasonal dynamics. As well as joining the vibrant and well-connected WorldPop team, the right candidate will have opportunities to contribute to high-impact publications.

The project work to be undertaken involves:
  • Assembling, processing and harmonizing datasets on human mobility in low and middle income countries.
  • Assembling and processing a wide range of GIS vector and raster datasets to support modelling of seasonal population density changes.
  • Undertaking bespoke processing and GIS analyses in support of the project.
  • Constructing dataset metadata reports and contributing to figure production and scientific manuscript and report writing.
  • Carrying out administrative tasks associated with specified research funding, for example risk assessment of research activities, organisation of project meetings and documentation.
  • Contribute to training run by the WorldPop group


You will ideally have an undergraduate and postgraduate degree where GIS was a major focus or relevant industry experience, with a particular focus on processing large raster and vector datasets, as well as network analysis preferred. The project is highly interdisciplinary and as such there is some flexibility to accommodate expertise from a range of cognate disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. geography, demography, statistics, computer science, ecology, epidemiology etc). Experience of computer programming, statistical analysis, running GIS training, data visualization and database design would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the project lead at the University of Southampton, School of Geography and Environmental Science. The position is full time until December 2020, with a likelihood of extensions to this, and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1187619WR on all correspondence.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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