Research Fellow

The University of Southampton

Environmental Change & Sustainability


Highfield Campus


Each year

Full Time Mounted Time period for 18 months

Closing Date:  

Friday 15 December 2023

Interview Date:  

Monday 22 January 2024



Analysis Fellow in distant sensing of crops (x2)   

We’re searching for to recruit two analysis fellows in distant sensing of crops to help to help and lead analysis actions in plenty of externally funded tasks. Extra particularly, they are going to contribute to the next tasks:

  • EOCROP: In direction of a digital twin of cropping techniques based mostly on ingestion of EO into process-based crop fashions funded by the  Science and Know-how Amenities Council  (STFC).
  • EO4CEREALSTRESS: Utilizing a number of EO knowledge to establish crop response to a number of stressors funded by the European Area Company (ESA). 
  • Key analysis actions will concentrate on creating novel methods to derive crop particular biophysical variables (e.g. Leaf Space Index, Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetic Energetic Radiation and Cover Chlorophyll Content material), crop phenology and productiveness at a continental scale from present satellite tv for pc sensors. Additional actions would contain integrating these variables with crop fashions to enhance crop yield prediction and detection of crop stress. You’ll be based mostly on the Faculty of Geography and Environmental Science on the College of Southampton and work carefully with members of Southampton Geospatial. You’ll be part of a rising staff of ten researchers exploring new strategies and methods to utilise space-based info for environmental monitoring. The staff work carefully with the European Area company’s Sentinel programme and the UK’s Earth Remark from local weather info (EOCIS) programme. You should have entry to state-of-the artwork spectroscopy laboratory and excessive efficiency computing facility to undertake your analysis. 

      The particular work to be undertaken includes:

    • Processing Earth Remark (EO) knowledge (primarily European Area Company’s Sentinel Sensors) to generate dataset of crop biophysical variables and validate them with discipline commentary.
    • Growing  area time knowledge evaluation methods to derive info on crop phenology and productiveness at chosen examine websites in Europe and Australia 
    • Integrating the EO derived crop variables with crop fashions and assess their efficiency.
    • Consider the potential of utilizing the EO based mostly indicators to monitoring crop well being

    You should have a powerful distant sensing and picture evaluation expertise with expertise within the improvement and validation of biophysical variables from satellite tv for pc knowledge, earlier expertise with satellite tv for pc derived vegetation merchandise and time sequence evaluation are important for the function. You’ll anticipated to have a superb information of programming and expertise of utilizing cloud based mostly knowledge processing infrastructure and/or excessive efficiency computing.

    The College of Southampton, one of many UK’s prime 10 research-intensive universities, is within the prime 1% of world Universities. We have now a global status for analysis, educating and enterprise actions. 

    The Faculty of Geography and Environmental Science’s analysis collaborations are actually worldwide, spanning 78 international locations. In REF2021 , our Faculty was ranked joint third nationally in geography and environmental research on grade level common (a measure of general analysis high quality). Our analysis working atmosphere was rated both world-leading or internationally glorious, while 75% of our analysis impression was rated world-leading. 

    The Faculty is dedicated to fostering a tradition of equality, variety and inclusion . We encourage purposes from suitably certified candidates from under-represented teams amongst teachers on the College. We’re a Incapacity Assured employer and the Faculty holds a bronze Athena SWAN award

    Purposes for Analysis Fellow positions will probably be thought of from candidates who’re working in the direction of or nearing completion of a related PhD qualification. The title of Analysis Fellow will probably be utilized upon profitable completion of the PhD. Previous to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Analysis Assistant will probably be given.

    Casual enquiries could also be made to Professor Jadu Sprint [email protected] .

    Additional particulars:

    As a college we purpose to create an atmosphere the place everybody can thrive and are proactive in fostering a tradition of inclusion, respect and equality of alternative. We imagine that we will solely actually meet our targets if we’re reflective of society, so we’re keen about making a working atmosphere through which you might be free to deliver your complete self to work. With a beneficiant vacation allowance in addition to extra college closure days we’re dedicated to supporting our workers and college students and open to a versatile working method.

    Apply by midnight on the time limit. For help contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or [email protected] quoting the job quantity.

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