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COMET Research Fellow in Earth Observation and Geoinformatics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in Earth science and skills in geoinformatics and Earth Observation? Are you interested in using your skills to help reduce disaster risk? 

The Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) is seeking to recruit a research fellow in geoinformatics to join our team working on a major new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) initiative, the Multi-hazard Urban Disaster Risk Transitions Hub.  

COMET is a world-leading research centre based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, and involving researchers from across the UK. We use state-of-the-art Earth observation techniques, including Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR), to study earthquakes and volcanoes, and help understand the hazards they pose.  

The GCRF Multi-hazard Urban Disaster Risk Transitions Hub is an international collaboration aiming to produce new understanding of multi-hazard for four target cities, and inform policy development on risk reduction as a result.  The overall aim is to reduce disaster risk for the urban poor, focusing on Istanbul, Kathmandu, Istanbul and Quito.

This role will focus specifically on using Earth Observation techniques, primarily using satellite data, to produce data sets and derived information on hazard that can be used by Hub partners in achieving the wider project aims.  You will be responsible for the processing and analysis of satellite data sets including InSAR and high resolution optical imagery, disseminating the results to expert and non-expert users, and providing training in methods. Although based in the School of Earth and Environment, you will be expected to work with scientists from partner institutions in the Hub and in COMET, both in the UK and overseas.  

With a PhD (or close to obtaining) or equivalent industrial experience, you will have excellent communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and experience in producing, analysing and/or disseminating Earth Observation data. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Tim Wright, Professor of Satellite Geodesy

tel: +44 (0)113 343 5258, email:

Dr Susanna Ebmeier, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

tel: +44 (0)113 343 0453, email:

Dr John Elliott, Royal Society Research Fellow and University Academic Fellow

tel: +44 (0)113 343 0457, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding limitations the post will be appointed at no higher than spine point 31 (£34,189)
Working Time:  100% - This post is open to flexible working and job share
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 24 months due to external funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 16 April 2019
Closing Date:  Wednesday 15 May 2019
Interview Date:  Wednesday 05 June 2019
Reference:  ENVEE1316
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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