Spatial Ecologist

We are seeking a candidate with GIS and programming skills and the ability to apply these to predict ecosystem changes and to summarise and communicate understanding. This is a fixed-term position for one year based at our Bangor office.

A key part of the role will be to help maintain the UK National Focal Centre database of modelled data related to air pollution impacts. This database underpins local, national and international policy decisions by providing high-profile maps and statistics on critical loads, critical levels and exceedance. The post involves manipulation of spatial datasets, using Python scripts together with ArcGIS to provide data in response to requests.

There are also opportunities to work on other projects, including:

  • quantification of nitrogen and sulphur pollution impacts on soil, vegetation and species-composition
  • quantification of dissolved organic carbon transfers from land to sea
  • assessment of optimal tree-thinning regimes in Indonesian agroforestry systems.

Depending on your expertise in terms of ecological understanding and programming languages, you will be able to participate in particular aspects of this work. The position will provide opportunities to develop abilities and experience in spatial analysis, model design and coding, and in the delivery of simulated outputs to end-users.

About you

  • You will have a PhD or MSc, ideally in an aspect of soil/vegetation science.
  • You must have proven programming abilities, for example in R, Python, Fortran or Matlab.
  • You will have proven ability to manipulate spatial data using software such as ArcGIS, QGIS or R.
  • A good understanding of data quality-control procedures will be required.
  • Good communication, presentation and team work skills are essential.

How to apply

Applicants are required to include an application form, CV and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Interviews will be held on 8 February 2019

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board here. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Closing Date: 

27 January 2019


£28,200 per annum