Research Fellow or Research Assistant in Soil Informatics

Application start and end date: 
14th December 2018 to 20th January 2019
Full time
Research Assistant £30,000 per annum Research Fellow £32,656 per annum
United Kingdom
Contract type: 
Fixed term until September 2021

This is an exciting opportunity for an early career scientist to develop new innovations in soil informatics by applying tools in advanced modelling and data analytics.  Soil data is used by a variety of stakeholders from insurance companies to national governments to inform investment, management decisions and policy. You will work within the Centre for Agricultural and Environmental Informatics. The Centre has leading UK expertise in data sciences, informatics, and decision sciences, coupled with novel sensor technology and informatics development.

As part of the soil informatics team you will develop new soil data systems by integrating existing data sources with other soil and environmental datasets. The outputs will be used to advance our knowledge of soil systems and provide updated baselines for assessment of soil resources and soil health in England and Wales. These outcomes have specific relevance for public and private sectors that require evidence supported by data and analytics for applications in policy and soil management. 

You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in environmental data analytics or data science or environmental statistics, or another related discipline. You will also have experience of applying and developing new analytical tools to environmental data, as well as working with spatial and temporal datasets and machine learning. You must have fluent programming and data analytic skills (e.g. Python and R).  With excellent oral and written communication skills you will be an effective communicator to a variety of stakeholders.